Cardinals promote pitching prospect Alex Reyes from High-A Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield


As noted by John Nagel of Cardinals Farm and Viva El Birdos, St. Louis has promoted its top pitching prospect, 20-year-old right-hander Alex Reyes, from High-A Palm Beach to Double-A Springfield.

Reyes earned the bump to Double-A by posting a 2.26 ERA and 96 strikeouts across 63 2/3 innings this year in the High-A Florida State League. He has some control issues — a 4.6 career BB/9 — but there have been positive strides in that department.

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America wrote this about the fast-rising Reyes in his Midseason Prospect Update

This is the kind of career progression teams hope to see in a young pitching prospect. Reyes’ stuff still is as spectacular as it was last year—he touched 100 mph this year and has an at-times devastating curveball—and he knows how to use it. His 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings ranks first among minor league starters.

Reyes could be in the mix for a rotation spot in St. Louis by the early part of 2016. It’s a rich-getting-richer situation for the Cardinals, who carry the best team ERA in the major leagues this season at 2.68.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.