Former Peoria Chiefs pitcher Alex Reyes made his major-league debut for the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, and it was an impressive outing.
Considered one of the top pitching prospects in baseball, Reyes needed only 11 pitches for a 1-2-3 ninth inning in the Cardinals’ 7-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. His fastball topped out at 101 mph.
Reyes pitched for the Chiefs in 2014, going 7-7 with a 3.63 ERA, 137 strikeouts and 61 walks in 109 innings (21 starts). He started the 2016 season in Triple-A, going 2-3 with a 4.96 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 32 walks in 65.1 innings (14 starts) for the Memphis Redbirds.
Cotton just misses perfect game
Former Great Lakes Loons pitcher Jharel Cotton came within an out of throwing a perfect game Tuesday, settling for a one-hit shutout in the Nashville Sounds’ 3-0 win over the Round Rock Express.
Cotton retired the first 26 batters he faced before giving up a triple to Doug Bernier with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning. He struck out the next batter to end the game.
Cotton pitched for the Loons in 2013, going 2-5 with a 3.55 ERA, one shutout, 58 strikeouts and 17 walks in 58.1 innings (11 games/nine starts). He made one more start for the Loons in 2015, getting a no-decision after striking out six and walking one while giving up two runs in 3.1 innings.
The Oakland Athletics acquired Cotton from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month, in a five-player trade involving three former Midwest Leaguers. Had Cotton completed the perfect game, the A’s farm system would’ve had a team that pitched a no-hitter (the Sounds) and a team that got no-hit (the Beloit Snappers, by the Clinton LumberKings) Tuesday.