Cardinals' Reyes selected for Futures Game

Cardinals' Reyes selected for Futures Game

MIAMI -- Right-hander Alex Reyes, the Cardinals' No. 3 prospect, according to MLB.com, will get a chance to showcase his lively arm in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 12 at Great American Ball Park.

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The 20-year-old Reyes was selected to represent the World Team.

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The 17th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. CT on July 12, and it can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com, with Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and Jonathan Mayo on the call. In addition, SiriusXM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209). MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @FuturesGame on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.

While he's currently on the 7-day disabled list, Reyes -- pitching for Class A Advanced Palm Beach -- leads all of the Minors with an average of 13.4 strikeouts per nine innings. The Dominican Republic native is 2-5 this season with a 2.08 ERA. He's struck out 90 and walked 30 in 60 2/3 innings.

At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Reyes can rev his fastball up to 100 mph, but he usually works in the mid-90s. He also features a power curveball.

The Cardinals signed Reyes out of the Dominican Republic in 2012 for $950,000. Prior to that, he spent his high school junior season at Elizabeth (N.J.) High School as a third baseman.

Safe to say though, pitching was the right choice. In 21 starts last season for the Class A Peoria Chiefs, Reyes racked up 137 strikeouts in 109 1/3 innings while going 7-7 with a 3.62 ERA. In his past 10 outings this season, he holds a 1.79 ERA and has struck out 70 in 50 1/3 innings. Reyes recorded a season-high strikeout total of 13 during his last start on June 17.

Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.