One of the top prospects in baseball was just suspended 50 games – CBSSports.com


November 9, 2015 6:29 PM ET

Top Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games following a “second positive test for a drug of abuse,” MLB announced Monday. The suspension begins immediately.

Reyes, a 21-year-old right-hander, admitted to testing positive for marijuana in a statement.

“I take full responsibility for my actions and apologize for disappointing my family, friends, teammates and the St. Louis Cardinals organization,” he said. “I acknowledge my inappropriate behavior and will accept the consequences.”

Reyes is not on the team’s 40-man roster and is thus subject to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, which is different from MLB’s program. Non-40-man players are tested for marijuana and other drugs of abuse. MLB players are not.

This past season Reyes went 5-7 with a 2.49 ERA and a 151/49 K/BB in 101 1/3 innings at mostly High Class A and Double-A. MLB.com ranks Reyes as the 16th best prospect in all of baseball. Here’s part of their scouting report:

He has two legitimate swing-and-miss pitches in a 93-95 mph fastball that can reach triple digits and an upper-70s curveball that combines power and depth. He has an easy delivery that bodes well for his long-term health.

Still somewhat raw on the mound, Reyes has yet to show much consistency with his changeup, control and command. He has a sturdy frame that carries more than his listed 185 pounds, and he’ll have to watch his conditioning.

Reyes made four starts with the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League in recent weeks. He had a 3.60 ERA and 14/10 K/BB in 15 innings.

The Cardinals pulled Reyes from the AFL last week with no reason given. AFL games would have counted towards the suspension, so it’s unlikely the team knew the suspension was coming. Otherwise they would have left him there and started the clock, so to speak. It’s more likely Reyes was pulled after hitting his innings target for the season.

Although he was born and raised in New Jersey, Reyes moved to the Dominican Republic as a teenager. He signed with St. Louis as an amateur free agent for $950,000 in December 2012.

Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for marijuana.
Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for marijuana. (MLB.com screengrab)


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