Cardinals Top Prospect Alex Reyes Makes His Starting Debut Tonight, Replacing Mike Leake.

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Rookie Alex Reyes has been promoted from the Cardinals bullpen to a starting role.
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Yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals were doing warm-ups in preparation to face the Oakland Athletics at Busch Stadium. Rookie Alex Reyes was with the rotation and in the batting cage practicing his swing. A lot of summation was floating around as to how soon Reyes would be making his debut as a starter. When called up from Memphis Triple-A, he was placed in the bullpen making his debut in relief August 9 against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. 

He will make his debut as starter tonight replacing an ailing Mike Leake.

Reyes has pitched 9.1 innings in relief for the Cardinals; and, has yet to record an ERA with 13 strikeouts. He was a starter for the Memphis Triple-A Redbirds collecting 93 strikeouts; however, was 2-3/4.96 ERA. In his MiLB 65.1 IP he had given up 6 HR/36 ER on 63 hits. Therefore, the Cardinals placed him in the bullpen to see how he was going to fare against major league hitters. With a small sample of his impressive relief work on the mound, I only wish him the best in his starting debut against the Oakland A's.