Fantasy Baseball: Cardinals Alex Reyes shines in MLB Futures Game

Cardinals Alex Reyes

The 2016 MLB All Star Futures game took place Sunday in San Diego. Some players like the St. Louis Cardinals Alex Reyes shined with their opportunity including ones that look to be ready for the spotlight this season and have the talent to impact fantasy baseball teams this season assuming they get the call. There were others like Andrew Benintendi, who looked like they may need more seasoning but may not have that liberty.

Alex Reyes | P | St. Louis Cardinals

Alex Reyes is a pitcher that I have been excited about for a couple seasons now. He took another step on Sunday proving he is ready for the call. Not only can Reyes show the blazing fastball that topped out at an impressive 101 mph but displayed a curve and change up that keep hitters off balance. He struck out 4 batters in his inning and 2/3 of work. While it seems Reyes can be a dominant starter at the major league level I do have concerns the Cardinals put him in the bullpen to start and not in the rotation. They did the same thing with Carlos Martinez when he made his debut. If Reyes gets the call and gets a spot in the rotation he could be a real difference maker down the stretch. If you

Alex Bregman | 3B | Houston Astros

It was Alex Bregman’s stage on Sunday and boy did he put on a show. He started the game 3-3 and was a home run short of the cycle. He looked very comfortable at the plate against the World team’s best arms. Though he was a shortstop coming into professional baseball he has been moved to third base because of Carlos Correa. The Astros have to make room for Bregman with their big league club. I know it’s easier said than done but moving Luis Valbuena to first seems like the move that makes would be the most sensible. He has an OPS of 1.019 this season splitting time between AA and AAA. It looks like he is ready.

Andrew Benintendi | OF | Boston Red Sox

Andrew Benintendi was not as impressive in his Futures Game at bats, going 0-3 with a strikeout. He didn’t look comfortable facing some the MLB’s next wave of MLB stars. That said there is a very good chance we see Benintendi in the second half of this season. Assuming the Red Sox don’t make a move for an outfielder he could get a look in left field. He has shown a little pop and a little speed during his 196 at bats as AA. He is hitting .288 with 6 homers and 6 stolen bases. Benintendi’s fellow Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada was the star of the World team. He went 2-5 with a home run and two RBI and took home the MVP trophy from the game. Moncada is the #1 prospect in baseball per Baseball America. Benintendi also made the top ten coming in at number nine. Moncada is probably a season or so away but should be stashed in any dynasty or keeper formats.

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