As is often the case, the Padres have one of the worst offenses in baseball. As has not always been the case historically, they seem pretty interested in fixing it and have a guy who could maybe just help with that waiting in the wings. Today they’ll call that guy up.
His name is Franmil Reyes, and he’s currently leading all of the minor leagues in homers with 14. His overall batting line at Triple-A El Paso: .346/.440/.748. He’s 6’5″ and he’s only 22. Yes, it’s the Pacific Coast League, and no, Reyes has not been ranked highly or, in some cases, ranked at all on the major prospect lists, so what he’s doing so far could be a fluke, but he definitely sounds like a guy who’ll be fun to see try to keep it up. It’s certainly not like the Padres have so many quality hitters that it makes any sense to block him.
They made room on the 40-man roster for Reyes yesterday by designating Chase Headley for assignment. They’ll make a move on the 25-roster today to put Reyes on the big club. He’s expected to start against the Rockies tonight.
When Cardinals starter Carlos Martínez returns from the disabled list, likely some time next week, he will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Martínez has been on the disabled list since late July with a strained right shoulder. The plan is still for Martínez to start in 2019 and beyond.
GM John Mozeliak said, “If you’re going to go down that starting path and you’re starting at ground zero, the likelihood of him being back would be sometime in mid-September. And we’ve done that twice this year and ended up in the same place after a few starts.”
Martínez, 26, has a 3.41 ERA and a 98/49 K/BB ratio in 100 1/3 innings across 18 starts this season. The Cardinals’ rotation currently features Miles Mikolas, Jack Flaherty, John Gant, Luke Weaver, and Austin Gomber.
The Cardinals entered play Monday 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card slot in the National League, so adding Martínez to the bullpen — or, subtracting him from the rotation, depending on how you look at it — could make a significant impact on the club’s playoff chances.