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Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: ALEX REYES SP ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

Strikeouts anyone?  Holy fastball smoke has St. Louis Cardinals to pitching prospect Alex Reyes been beyond overpowering in his minor league rehab outings coming back from missing all of 2017 due to Tommy John surgery.  The numbers are simply astronomical as Reyes has not given up one earned run in 23 total innings, while registering a beyond insane 44 strikeouts.  The strikeouts speak to the monstrous potential Reyes carries and keep in mind it was just a little more than a year ago when he was one of the more sought-after fantasy baseball sleepers given the dominant power stuff.  As it does for many young power arms, Tommy John interrupted the proceedings and so a year later, Reyes is a bit off the radar for casual players of fantasy baseball.  Be that as it may, Reyes needs to be owned right this very second in all leagues given the potent stuff and for the fact the Cardinals have a long history or producing top arms.  It seems so long ago but Reyes pitched to a 1.57 ERA in 46 debut innings with the Cardinals late in 2016 and that came after he recorded a 12.81 K/9 in Triple-A.  Now despite how impressive a prospect Reyes is, we still have to be aware that there are some stark control issues that have always gone along with the strikeouts and this issue may be even more of a problem with him coming off the surgery.  Despite this issue, Reyes could very well be a major fantasy baseball asset right from the jump when he makes his season debut and the upside is as good as any pitcher who has arrived in the majors in quite a bit. 


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