Alexander Reyes becomes the latest pitching phenom to reach an agreement and start his professional career. Reyes is 18 years old stands 6’3″ 190lb with an easy delivery, a live arm and projection of 3 plus pitches.
Alex grew up in Elizabeth New Jersey with mother and father Dignora/Tomas and older brothers Adriel and Tomas Jr. and attended Alexander Hamilton Prep H.S. from 2009-2011. He played baseball for Elizabeth in Union-County where his primary position was on the mound but also played short-stop and had success at the HS level.
In June 2011 NJ.com posted a story saying “Alex Reyes, Elizabeth, 6-2, 165, Junior Lanky right-handed junior consistently pitched in the upper 80′s, striking out 69 in 49 innings. Also batted .409.”
Growing up in NJ wasn’t an ideal situation for Reyes due to weather restrictions during the winter and an unstable practice regimen. Reyes and his family made a tough decision that would ultimately turn to good fortune.
During the fall of 2011 the family decided it was in Alex’s best interest to develop his baseball skills in their native island of Dominican Republic. He packed his bags in December 2011 and arrived in the DR eager to start his development in his fathers home town of Palenque, San Cristobal with former Washington Nationals scout Juan Valera. During his first few months on the island the Reyes family was turned on to notable trainer Basilo “Cachasa” Vizcaino who’s had a great track record in signing young players in their development stages, most notable top prospects Gary Sanchez-NYY and Adalberto Mondesi-KC among others. Cachasa was amazed with the type of package Reyes was, from his size, ability and projection to the aptitude in making adjustments and the make-up the young prospect carried himself with. During his year in DR Alex grew a few inches and put on 15-20lb. His arm strength increased and his pitching ability began to show polish by the day.
Reyes shows a present plus fastball and 2 other solid pitches, projecting him to be a quality starter down the road. His FB velocity sits 91-93 (95)mph; CB has tight rotation and can throw it for strikes; CH is deceptive with movement down in the zone. He commands his pitches and pounds the strike zone with a good feel for pitching.
Multiple teams expressed interest in the young hurler and followed his progression during his last 6 months in the DR. The St Louis Cardinals were not discouraged with the market, the clubs Dominican scouting supervisor Angel Ovalles and area scout Rodny Jimenez did their due diligence in evaluating Alex’s consistency, make-up and background before they made a recommendation to acquire the hurler.
The Stl Cardinals and Reyes agreed to a $950,000 contract. Alex will more than likely start in the rookie level Gulf Coast League in 2013, but has the opportunity during spring training to open some eyes and move quickly through the system. The contract is pending MLB approval.