Friday, December 10, 2004

Anthony Reyes Report

Anthony Reyes, RHP, St Louis Cardinals
Drafted 455th overall (15th Rd), 2003 Draft, USC
Bats R/Throws R
23 YO, 6'2", 215 lbs

You remember what I said about Richie Gardner being the steal of the 2003 draft? Yeah. Forget I said that. Reyes was drafted 9 rounds later than Gardner and had a great debut season. He started the year in the Florida State League with a 4.66 ERA, 38 K's, and 7 walks in 36 2/3 innings. Then he moved on to Tennessee in the Southern League, where he recorded a 2.91 ERA, 102 K's, and 13 BB's in 74 1/3 innings. He has a nice slider and improving changeup to go with his low 90's fastball and excellent control.

The downside is that he's had elbow problems for quite a while now, and struggled at USC because of them. He missed some time in the first half of the season, this time with shoulder tendonitis. He's an injury risk, and he may end up in the bullpen because of it. But if he stays healthy, he could end up being a very good starter. Keeping him healthy would be the biggest challenge though.

ETA: Late 2005/Early 2006
3 1/2 Stars (penalizing for the injury risk)

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