Reyes isn't on Cards' September callup list

Reyes isn't on Cards' September callup list

ST. LOUIS -- Despite the standout season top prospect Alex Reyes has had in the Cardinals' farm system, general manager John Mozeliak said there are no plans to include the 20-year-old Reyes among the organization's September callups.

"I don't think I need to have a look at him; I know what he's capable of doing," Mozeliak said. "I think right now, at his age, and what he's been through, it's probably best for him, at some point, to take a small break. And then ultimately, we'll see if he pitches fall ball or something else."

Reyes has made five Double-A starts since a summer promotion and just had his most dominant performance yet, retiring 17 of the 19 batters he faced in six scoreless innings on Friday. The performance earned Reyes Pitcher of the Week honors in the Texas League. Reyes struck out 10, giving him 129 strikeouts in 86 season innings.

"Our reports are probably better than the box scores," Mozeliak said. "Just very positive. As far as prospects go, he's a special one."

The Cardinals will have a wave of extra players join them in September -- some as soon as the calendar turns, others once the Minor League season ends. The club will certainly fortify its pitching depth and will also get a boost from players coming back from injury. The Cardinals will have to navigate through a roster crunch, however, as there are four players currently on the 60-day disabled list who are aiming for a late-season return.

With the 40-man roster currently full, the Cardinals would have to clear space for each returnee. That gives the club little to no flexibility to add a non-roster player, like Reyes, to the 40-man roster for the final month.

Worth noting
• While Reyes captured pitching honors for his work last week, Double-A shortstop Aledmys Diaz gave Springfield a sweep by being named the Texas League Player of the Week. Diaz went 10-for-23 and capped his week with a go-ahead, three-run home run on Sunday. Diaz has hit safely in 14 of his past 15 games since July 30.

• Outfielder Tommy Pham, who was recalled from Triple-A Memphis on Monday, was expected to arrive at the ballpark around game time.

• ESPN announced that it has selected the Cardinals' home game against the Pirates on Sept. 6 for its Sunday Night Baseball broadcast. It will be the seventh Sunday night game for the Cardinals this season.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB, like her Facebook page Jenifer Langosch for Cardinals.com and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.