Raffy Ozuna signs with St Louis Cardinals

Raffy Ozuna signs with the Cards   In a year where multiple players in the 2015 July 2nd class have baseball bloodlines the likes of Vladimir Guerrero and Fernando Tatis, Raffy Ozuna keeps the consistency. The son of ex Dodgers farm hand and present coach at Dodgers affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Rafael Ozuna was a globetrotting player, appearing for teams in the Dominican Republic, United States, Taiwan and Italy. Raffy stands 6´2 175lb, he has an athletic wiry body and natural baseball instincts. He is a switch hitting Short Stop with gap power from both sides of the plate. Ozuna´s defensive skills are polished, he has solid range, great fielding actions and plus arm strength. He was selected to the 2014 DPL Elite Travel Team and had an outstanding year.… Read More

Alex Reyes working third digit

By Jake Seiner / MiLB.com 04/22/2015 10:00 AM ET Unlike last week’s Stock Watch focus, the Orioles’ Branden Kline, Reyes’ velocity jump is merely a matter of a 20-year-old adding strength. In fact, many observers expected Reyes to add heat with age, although one can’t predict that anybody will sit in the upper 90s. Reyes is more than a live arm at this point, though. While with Class A Peoria in 2014, he and pitching coach Jason Simontacchi targeted two specific areas for Reyes to improve: The first was that Reyes lacked a veteran’s routine; then there was his lackluster changeup, which needed dramatic sharpening. The routine was an easy enough fix, and the 20-year-old now has the habits needed to maintain and improve his repertoire and command throughout a season.… Read More

Alex Reyes named Cards 7th overall prospect by BA

St Louis Cardinals #7 Prospect Alex Reyes, rhp Born: Aug. 29, 1994. B-T: R-R. Ht.: 6-3. Wt.: 185. Signed: Dominican Republic, 2013. Signed by: Rodny Jimenez/Angel Ovalles. Background: A high school standout in New Jersey, Reyes circumnavigated the draft by moving to the Dominican and living there with family until becoming eligible as an amateur free agent. Born and raised in the United States, he received a $950,000 bonus on the international market. Like Carlos Martinez, the last Dominican youth to receive that kind of coin from the Cardinals, Reyes had the athleticism and power arm to attract scouts. Scouting Report: Reyes is the raw clay that the Cardinals covet. He has two plus pitches and a third in development, scouts say.… Read More