Well folks, the Anthony Reyes saga in St. Louis has officially ended today. He was dealt to the Cleveland Indians for Class AA RHP Luis Perdomo (and cash).
Lets take a look back at a pitcher who turned from promising pitching savior into the national whipping boy.
Reyes was a good pitcher at the University of Southern California. He compiled a 17-16 record in his four years with the Trojans. He was drafted in the 13th round of the 2002 draft by the Detroit Tigers, but he decided to stay in school. He was drafted one year later in the 15th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Reyes then started his professional career. In 2004, he was 3-0 with a 4.66 ERA with the Class A Palm Beach Cardinals. He was then promoted to the former Class AA team of the Cardinals, the Tennessee Smokies. He compiled a 6-2 record in Tennessee, with a 2.91 ERA.
In 2005, he started the season with Class AAA Memphis Redbirds. After a very strong showing, Reyes was called up to the St. Louis Cardinals to start on August 9 against the Milwaukee Brewers.
This is when Reyes officially slated his name as the future ace of the club, when he threw 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and two hits. He earned the win and a trip back to Memphis, as this start was to show his worth and to give the starting rotation an extra day off.
He finished the season as a September call-up for the Cardinals, throwing seven innings in three bullpen appearances. He allowed two runs on four hits.
He started the 2006 season back in Memphis, as there was no room on the roster for him. That changed on June 23, 2006 as Mark Mulder started his eventual downfall by going on the disabled list.
Reyes started the third game of a three game series against the defending World Series champions, the Chicago White Sox. Reyes did his part, as he carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He allowed one run in his complete game on one hit...a solo home run by Jim Thome in the seventh. The Cardinals offense, as it was used to doing in 2006, stumbled and didn't score a single run, giving Reyes the loss.
Reyes finished the 2006 season 5-8 in 17 starts with a 5.06 ERA. Of course, he started Game 1 of the 2006 World Series where he flourished, throwing eight innings and allowing two earned runs on four hits. He won the game, and the Cardinals ended up winning the series in five games (four if you take out when Kenny Rogers cheated, but that's a story for another day).
Of course, this happened two weeks after the Game 4 start he made in the 2006 National League Championship Series, where he went four innings and allowed two solo home runs and one other hit (two runs scored).
Now, onto the 2007 season. The Cardinals rotation was depleted when Jeff Suppan, Jason Marquis, and Jeff Weaver left via free agency. The Cardinals had their hand forced, and put Reyes in the rotation.
This is when every Cardinal fan in America wanted to strap Reyes down and take turns whipping him in the back.
Reyes finished the season 2-14 in 22 games (20 starts), and had an ERA of 6.04. Oh yeah, he threw only 107 1/3 innings. Do the math, that's less than five innings for an appearance. He also allowed 16 home runs and 77 runs (72 earned).
In 2008, the new Cardinals General Manager, John Mozeliak, wanted Reyes on the roster. Tony La Russa, the Cardinals manager, didn't want him. Well, the GM trumps the manager, so Reyes was added to the roster.
Turns out, GM does not always know best. Reyes appeared in 10 games, throwing 14 2/3 innings, compiled a 2-1 record and recorded one save. He had a 4.91 ERA by the time he was traded. At Memphis, where he was exclusively a starting pitcher, Reyes was 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA in 11 starts.
On July 28, the Indians decided to roll the dice on Reyes and traded a Minor League reliever to get him. I think I speak for the entire Cardinals nation when I say: Thanks!