Having been given up for dead, the baseball gods smiled on the St. Louis Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth, on Monday night, as the lifeless Cardinals scored five runs to take game one in a three game set with the Cincinnati Reds. On Monday, the Redbirds entered the ninth inning with five hits, no runs, and hitless in eleven chances with a runner in scoring position. The Birds scored five-two out runs in the inning, with the winning run scoring when Yadier Molina was hit-by-a-pitch.
The excitement of the magical come from behind victory turned bitter sweet on Tuesday as the Cardinals placed Michael Wacha on the fifteen-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Wacha had enjoyed a five game winning streak in which he found much in the way of difficulty putting hitters away.
The excitement was offered a second wind with the announcement that on Tuesday the Redbirds purchased the contract of the much anticipated, and much hyped, Alex Reyes from Triple-A Memphis. To make room for Reyes on the Forty Man Roster, the Cardinals transferred injured catcher Brayan Pena to the sixty day disabled list; from the fifteen day DL.
Reyes, 21, is considered the Cardinals’ number one prospect, and is considered to be one of the top prospects in MLB. Earlier this year, Reyes sat out a fifty game suspension for violating Minor League Baseball’s Substance Use Policy. Reyes is a 6’3” RHP with a three and one-half year minor league record of 20-22; and an ERA of 3.51. Reyes possesses a solid delivery, an effortless fastball that sits in the 92-95 mph range; which occasionally hits 100 mph. Reyes also has in his pitch arsenal a quite impressive curveball.
Reyes was 2-3 at Memphis with a 4.96 ERA, with ninety-three strikeouts in sixty-five and one third innings.
Look for Reyes to work, initially, out of the bullpen.
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Jim Tsapelas is a featured writer for Baseball Thirty.