Alex Reyes is a fantastic young pitcher … and an amazing story. He actually grew up in New Jersey; he pitched at Elizabeth High School. He was not a prospect. His fastball did not approach 90 mph. And so in an effort to be noticed by scouts, he moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 16, lived with his grandparents.
And at that exact moment, he hit a growth spurt — grew four or five inches, gained 30 of 40 pounds, and his fastball leaped into the low 90s, then the mid-90s, then the high 90s.
The Cardinals managed to sign him off of what they saw at a workout.
He almost immediately became one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.