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Monday, September 12, 2016

Where are they now Anthony Reyes Edition.

No not the current Redbird Alex Reyes, but former Redbird and Cleveland Indian and member of the 2006 World Series Champs and top prospect Anthony Reyes. I picked up a lot of 23 Reyes cards for $1.75 plus $1.33 shipping. I thought he would make a good subject for a “Where are they now” post.

Anthony was a right-handed pitcher who played 5 seasons with the Redbirds and Indians. Drafted in the 15th round out of USC in the 2003 MLB draft.

Born in Whittier, CA in 1981 Anthony would attend USC playing with Mark Prior. He was drafted by the Tigers in the 2002 amateur draft, but would elect to return to school. Drafted by the Redbirds he would start at the Palm Beach Cardinals in 2004, then on to the Tennessee Smokies. Two thousand five he found himself at Triple A Memphis but would make his Major League debut against the Brewers on August 9th.  This would be his Major League win giving up two runs on two hits.

Back to Memphis for the start of the 2006 season.
He would be called back up when Mark Mulder went on the DL. He would square off against the White Sox and would carry a no hitter into the 7th, but failed to get the win. During the 2006 NCLS he started Game 4 against the Mets, pitched 4 innings, and had a no-decision. During the 2006 World Series against the Tigers he started Game 1 and threw a very good game-retiring 17 straight Tigers and he was able to pick up a win.

He would be less successful in 2007 when he had 0-8 record and a 6.08 ERA, which sent him back to Memphis.
He did get called up twice but was eventually sent back down. Anthony started the 2008 season in the Redbirds’ bullpen but a 4.91 ERA got him demoted back to Triple A Memphis.
 I think the Redbirds had enough and traded him to the Indians for reliever Luis Perdomo and $$$. The website Viva El Birdos has a really good story on Tony LaRussa and Dave Duncan’s relationship with Anthony.

His time in the City by the Lake wasn’t positive. August 2008 he would make his first start for the Indians and got a win.  He would spend until August 5, 2011 with the Indians. During his time with Cleveland he had Tommy John surgery would spend much of his time in the minors. He would eventually end up with Padres but would retire after one season. His career would see a record of 13-26, 5.12 ERA and 205 Ks.Where is he now? He is becoming a firefighter! You can see a recent interview with him during which he talks about becoming a firefighter and reflects on the 2006 World Series.

Of the 23 cards I was able to add 11 including a game worn. Those cards are through out this post. According to Traing Card Database he has 257 cards.

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