St. Louis Cardinals: Alex Reyes and Carson Kelly to Represent Team in Futures Game


We are within a couple of weeks from MLB’s midsummer classic, and the St. Louis Cardinals have announced who they will be sending to MLB’s Futures Game on July 10.

Last season, the St. Louis Cardinals were prepared to showcase their most promising arm in Cincinnati at the 2015 MLB Futures Game. Unfortunately, an injury kept Alexander Reyes from being able to showcase his stuff and the Cardinals instead sent Luis Perdomo.

This year, according to Derrick Goold the Cardinals have decided to go ahead and try to send him again. Alex Reyes won’t be alone either, as his future battery mate in Carson Kelly will be accompanying him to the Futures Game. Both players are in the midst of a good season with Kelly definitely having the better season.

In 58 games so far, Kelly is hitting .291/.333/.416 with six homers and seven doubles, while accumulating a wRC+ of 115 and striking out 20% of the time. This is really great as Kelly has turned into quite an outstanding defensive catcher and most likely will be the team’s choice to replace catcher Yadier Molina in a few seasons.

Before this season, the offense really hadn’t come together for Kelly, so the numbers on the uptick are certainly nice to see for Carson Kelly.

Reyes, on the other hand, has made seven starts since his return from his drug suspension. In those seven starts, he has amassed a ridiculous K/9 of 13.94, but as I spoke of a couple weeks ago – he still has work to do as he has an ERA of 4.35 and is walking 4.94 per nine innings.

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While he is going to need to work on his command and control to get himself to the majors, being able to participate in the Futures Game will be cool for the hard-throwing right-hander. The only question is whether or not the New Jersey native will choose to play for the USA team with Kelly or the World team with his fellow Dominican Republic natives.

I know that I will most definitely be anticipating to watch these two players compete in the Futures Game, as without, I don’t get to watch these players much.