A 40th round MLB Draft pick back in 2013 by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Gonzaga University, right-handed pitching prospect Arturo Reyes spent the bulk of the 2017 season with Triple-A Memphis, broken up by a midseason injury that landed him on the disabled list for two months. Reyes opened the year in the rotation with the Redbirds and pitched well, going 5-2 with a 3.21 ERA in nine games (six starts) before landing on the DL in late May. By the time he returned from a rehab assignment in late July, he was banished to the bullpen in shorter stints, where his work was decidedly less consistent. Then, after throwing just 69.1 innings over the summer, the Cardinals sent Arturo Reyes to the Arizona Fall League in October, where he appeared in ten games (all in relief) and posted no record with a save and a 6.23 ERA for the Surprise Saguaros (13 innings, 18 hits, two walks, 12 strikeouts).
The St. Louis Cardinals have far more notable pitching prospects throughout their system who may yet turn into front-end starters and/or high-leverage relievers, but there’s a lot to like about the 25-year-old (DOB: April 6, 1992), as well. The righty boasts a deep arsenal, good feel for command across the board, and some competitiveness and pitchability belied by his 40th round background. After seeing him pitch four times at the AFL, Baseball Census has a full Arturo Reyes scouting report below, including tool grades, game video, and projection notes.
Arturo Reyes Scouting Report, St. Louis Cardinals — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
Arturo Reyes Scouting Report — St. Louis Cardinals — 2017 Game Video
Arturo Reyes Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis & Projection
The writing may have been on the wall for Arturo Reyes as soon as the St. Louis Cardinals moved him to the bullpen during 2017’s second half after returning from injury, not to mention working a full AFL slate in relief for Surprise, but I think there’s enough command feel and clearly a deep enough repertoire here with the competitiveness and guile to earn some rotation work moving forward. Reyes isn’t particularly impressive in any one one area of his game, but he’s solid across the board with a knack for challenging hitters and he plainly isn’t afraid to throw any pitch for a strike in any count. Refined and polished with pitchability to that end, he may surprise some people in the next few years if he proves able to execute his breaking balls with consistency.
A poorly-timed injury in 2017 may have robbed Arturo Reyes of a big league debut last year, but I think he gets up to St. Louis in 2018, likely as a swingman or long reliever with some bona fide potential to fill out the back-end of the rotation—even temporarily—if things really roll his way. For a former 40th round draft pick, that’d be a considerable development win for the St. Louis Cardinals and a successful big league future beating the odds for Reyes.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Back-end rotation potential at ceiling with deep, effective arsenal and command feel across the board; more likely to grow into swingman/middle relief role in next few years (45)
MLB ETA: 2018
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