Older wild pitcher with a very nice arm. He reminds others of Luis Mateo in terms of story and a little bit in stuff. Mets should consider converting him to reliever.
RHP Scarlyn Reyes
R/R, 6’2″ 215 LB, 12/10/1989 (27), Signed Feb 2013 for $25,000
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Signed on a flier in February, 2013 for 25K as a 22 year old, Reyes was much older, but known to be a flamethrower. Sitting at 92-94 as a starter, touching 95, he can get up to 97 or 98 at times. He has a decent two-seamer with a bit less velocity, possibly up to 90, 91. His slider is a hard downer in the mid-80’s, and the changeup has little movement but a decent velocity differential. The issues is that often times his arm slot changes with the type of pitch he throws, which can cause less deception and messes with his release point and control overall, which has shown as his walks per 9 has spiked to the 4’s in recent year, and his strikeouts have dropped, even as a hard thrower. Reyes is a big-bodied wide shouldered guy with some muscular bulk to him.
As a starter, he was brutally inconsistent. You’d see a brilliant 3-run start striking out many, and then one where he gave up six runs. The Mets have refused to convert him to a reliever, which is so weird to me, since his delivery is rather violent, and he’s not really consistent. I’d hope they have him as a reliever in 2017 with a fast track to the Major Leagues. He’s an arm to watch because in shorter spurts, he’ll be able to blow it by everyone. He may repeat St. Lucie, but I expect the Mets to wisen up and put him in the Binghamton bullpen.
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