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Anthony Loza Reyes (born October 16, 1981) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played five seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He pitched primarily as a starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians. Reyes attended the University of Southern California (USC), before the Cardinals selected him in the 15th round of the 2003 MLB draft, and made his major league debut on August 9, 2005. During his playing career, Reyes threw and batted right-handed, stood 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall, and weighed 230 pounds (100 kg).

Anthony Reyes
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Reyes with the St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1981-10-16) October 16, 1981 (age 37)
Whittier, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 9, 2005, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
May 22, 2009, for the Cleveland Indians
MLB statistics
Win–loss record13–26
Earned run average5.12
Career highlights and awards

A native of Whittier, California, Reyes became the Cardinals' top prospect in their minor league system. As a rookie, he was a member of the Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship team, including starting Game 1. Following his playing career, he became a firefighter for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


High schoolEdit

Reyes attended California High School in Whittier, California. He was once considered too small to be a pitcher, but proved the coaches wrong and played varsity and went on to USC. He goes back to California High during the off season to practice and stays in touch with the coaches.

College careerEdit

Reyes spent his college years at the University of Southern California from 2000 to 2003, and though he was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round of the 2002 amateur draft, he elected to return to school for his senior year.[1] He was on several USC teams with San Diego Padres pitcher Mark Prior. In four seasons with the Trojans, Reyes compiled a 17–16 record and earned Pac-10 honors three times.[2] He was drafted in the 15th round by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2003.[3]

Professional careerEdit

Reyes was eventually considered the top pitching prospect in the St. Louis farm system. He spent the 2004 season initially with the Palm Beach Cardinals, where he compiled a 3-0 record with a 4.66 ERA, and then later with the Tennessee Smokies, where he achieved a 6-2 record with a 2.91 ERA.[4]

After a solid 2005 season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds, Reyes was given a chance to prove himself in the major leagues. On August 9, at Miller Park, Reyes threw 6​13 innings in his debut start against the Milwaukee Brewers, earning the win and giving up just two runs on two hits. He was demoted immediately after the game, having fulfilled his role of giving the regular rotation an extra day's rest by manager Tony La Russa.

Reyes opened the 2006 season with Memphis. He was recalled to St. Louis June 23 when Mark Mulder was placed on the disabled list. As a result, Reyes was asked to start the final game of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. In the previous two games, the White Sox scored 33 runs against the Cardinals. In the third game Reyes threw 90 pitches, 67 for strikes, had six strikeouts and no walks, and carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The only White Sox hit was a home run by Jim Thome. The Cardinals offense could not respond in kind and the White Sox won, 1–0. Reyes pitched an eight inning complete game and took the loss despite giving up only the one hit (albeit a home run) to Thome.

During the Cardinals' 2006 playoff run, Reyes was left off the roster for the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres. However, after advancing to the National League Championship Series against the New York Mets, the Cardinals added him to the roster in place of starting pitcher Jason Marquis. Reyes started Game 4 of the series and pitched four innings, taking a no-decision. He pitched the first game of the 2006 World Series and earned the win, pitching eight innings and retiring 17 consecutive batters from the first through the sixth inning, a World Series record for a rookie. Reyes gave up two runs and earned player of the game honors. The Cardinals went on to win the series, defeating the Detroit Tigers four games to one.[5]

After starting the 2007 season 0–8 with a 6.08 ERA (although he had the worst run support in the majors), the Cardinals optioned him to Memphis on May 27. Todd Wellemeyer replaced him in the Cardinals starting rotation. He made three strong starts for the Redbirds and was recalled to St. Louis June 16, but was optioned back to Memphis again on July 2. Reyes was called up again from Memphis to make a spot start in a doubleheader against Milwaukee. He pitched well allowing 2 runs on two hits.

Reyes began the 2008 season in St. Louis's bullpen, going 2–1 with a 4.91 ERA before being demoted to Triple-A Memphis. He went 2–3 with a 3.25 ERA in 11 starts at Memphis.

On July 26, 2008, Reyes was traded to the Cleveland Indians for right-handed reliever Luis Perdomo and cash.

On August 8, 2008, the Indians promoted Reyes from Triple-A Buffalo. That same day, he made his first start for Cleveland, going 6​13 innings, allowing just 1 run, and picked up the win.

Reyes was non-tendered by the Indians on December 12, 2009, making him a free agent. He was re-signed to a minor league contract on December 13. During spring training his contract was purchased by the Indians, at which time he was placed on the 60-day disabled list, while recovering from Tommy John surgery.[6] After spending the entire 2010 season on the disabled list, Reyes was outrighted to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers on October 29, 2010. After electing free agency, Reyes signed a one-year minor league contract with the Indians on November 15. His contract includes a non-roster invitation to the Indians' 2011 spring training camp.

Reyes spent the 2011 season rehabbing his injured elbow, never appearing on the 40-man roster. He was released by the Indians on August 5, 2011, and retired after a season in the San Diego Padres organization.

Personal lifeEdit

Reyes has a younger brother, Erik, who pitched for Concordia University Irvine in 2007.[7]

Reyes became a Los Angeles County firefighter in March 2017, and was pressed into action to combat the wildfires in California later that year. [8][9]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "2002 First-Year Player Draft". MLB. 2002-06-05. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  2. ^ "Player Bio: Anthony Reyes". University of Southern California. 2002-11-01. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  3. ^ "2003 Draft: Round 15". Baseball America. 2003-06-08. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  4. ^ "Anthony Reyes MLB Baseballat". CBS Sports. 2007-11-09. Retrieved 2007-11-29.
  5. ^ "Rookie Reyes delivers Game 1 victory". MLB. 2006-10-22. Archived from the original on 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  6. ^ Reyes (elbow) placed on 60-day DL
  7. ^ "Concordia University Irvine Baseball Roster". Concordia University Irvine. January 20, 2007. Archived from the original on November 22, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  8. ^ Langosch, Jenifer (December 7, 2017). "Cardinals Anthony Reyes fighting LA fires". Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  9. ^ Goold, Derrick (December 7, 2017). "Cardinals World Series star Reyes fighting California wildfires". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved December 9, 2017.

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