BEST PLAYER: Though he spent most of the spring in Jupiter, Fla., serving the final 39 games of a 50-game suspension for using marijuana, righthander Alex Reyes asserted himself as the system's top prospect the moment he arrived at Triple-A Memphis.
The righthander struck out 11 in his third start and 26 in his first 15 innings at the highest affiliate. Through seven starts, he went 2-0, 4.35 with 48 strikeouts in 31 innings.
Reyes continues to show the ability to maintain 100 mph horsepower deep into his starts—in those cases where his pitch efficiency allows him to get deep into starts. All that is keeping Reyes from his big league debut is better pitch economy and the ability to show, start to start, that he cannot only overwhelm hitters with his velocity but also retire them like he does everything else: quickly.