St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes

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Cardinals Prospect Alex Reyes Begins Rehab Assignment At Class-A

The Cardinals No. 1 prospect hasn't pitched in live game action in more than a year and a half.

May 09, 2018 - 1:27 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - As St. Louis Cardinals general manager Mike Girsch told us last week, Alex Reyes will begin the final stages of his rehab, after Tommy John surgery in February 2017. The No. 18 overall prospect in baseball, Reyes was placed on Class-A Palm Beach Cardinals roster, Wednesday. 

Reyes is still not eligible to return to the MLB roster until May 28, since he was placed on the 60-day DL at the start of the season. 

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak has been promoting for a long time that Reyes will play a prominent role on this year's Cardinals roster. But we still don't know where. 

The Cardinals believe Reyes to be a starter in the long-term, but also could use a power-arm like Reyes' in the back end of the bullpen this season. His first MLB experience was coming out of the bullpen, as he threw nine and one-third innings of shutout baseball in his first five big-league appearances. Then in his first start he allowed just one run in four and two-thirds innings.