To say it’s been a rough few years for (former?) top Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes would be a serious understatement
Once considered the top arm in all of prospect-dom, Reyes reached the big leagues in 2016, when he was just 21. His results were mixed, but the eyeball test was overwhelming. It was clear that this kid was extremely legit, and that’s coming from a Cubs fan who was kinda terrified.
Of course, that debut had come soon after Reyes served a suspension for testing positive for smoking weed, and soon before he tore his UCL and had to have Tommy John surgery. After he recovered from that 2017 surgery and minor league rehab in 2018, he strained his lat in his first first big league outing that year. Again, his season was over essentially before it began.
Then came 2019, and Reyes was supposed to be a cornerstone in the Cardinals’ bullpen, but his deep struggles out of the gate saw him demoted quickly back to the minor leagues. But at least he was healthy, right?
Alex Reyes punched a wall after his last start and fractured his left pinky. He'll relocate to extended spring training to continue throwing, but will be out of active competition for about three weeks. #stlcards
— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) April 28, 2019
At least it was his non-throwing hand?
Nevertheless, it’s not a great moment for the young righty at a time when he’s trying to work his way back to the big leagues. The talent is very likely still top tier, but man, this is a whole lot of missed time.