If you had any questions about Alex Reyes’ readiness to return to St. Louis, we invite you to review Thursday’s box score from Triple-A Memphis. Reyes was nearly perfect. He allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings against Oklahoma City, striking out 13. Reyes retired the final 15 batters he faced, including a history-making streak of nine consecutive Ks.
So yeah, it appears Reyes has successfully recovered from elbow surgery. He’s been almost un-hittable in his four minor league starts this year, allowing just 14 base-runners and zero runs in 23.0 innings while striking out 44.
That’s right: Forty-four Ks, in just 23.0 frames.
Reyes, 23, combines a high-90s fastball with a low-90s change and vanishing breaking stuff. He’s really not fair — certainly not when facing minor league hitters.
Is @Cardinals top prospect Alex Reyes ready for a return to the Majors? It looks like it…
13 strikeouts? ✔️
Nine consecutive punchouts? ✔️
— Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) May 25, 2018
Reyes is expected to come off the DL next week, sliding into the Cards’ rotation. You want him, fantasy owner. Reyes is un-owned in 45 percent of Yahoo leagues at the moment, which is ridiculous. He should be on a roster in any mixed format. If he’s available to you right now, accept the gift. Go get him. Do not hesitate.