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Tampa Bay Rays: Pham wins, Loney’s comeback, Reyes added

By Austin Reimann
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 21: Tommy Pham #29 of the Tampa Bay Rays hits an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 21, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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FORT MYERS, FL – (Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)
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The Rays signed Arturo Reyes to a minor league deal on Saturday.

Per Marc Topkin, the minor league deal does not include an invite to Major League camp.

Reyes, a 40th round draft pick of the St. Louis Cardinals (1205th overall), signed for $100,000. After the 2015 season, Baseball America ranked him as the Cardinals 22nd best prospect saying this:

"Reyes has thrived by keeping the ball in the ballpark, yielding four home runs in 25 starts in 2015 and just 15 in 305 pro innings. He has big hands with long fingers that enable him to impart good sink on his 90-94 mph fastball, which has touched 96, and his slider is a solid-average offering that also helps him Safe get groundball outs. Reyes also throws a fringy curveball and changeup, but lefthanded hitters have been his bugaboo (they hit all four homers off him in 2015). He could be a back-end starter if he solves them with an improved change or by adding a pitch, but he profiles more as a Seth Maness-style groundball reliever at this point."

The soon to be 27-year-old has struggled at AAA Memphis over the past 2 seasons. Across 23 games, the righty threw 33.2 innings and struggled to a 6.68 earned run average. He struck out 35 and walked 17.

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He did appear in the Mexican Pacific Winter League this winter and appeared in 12 games, making 11 starts. He threw 53.1 innings and pitched to a much better 3.71 ERA. HE struck out 35 but walked 22 for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo.

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Depth is never a bad thing and Reyes will likely provide just that at AAA this year.

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