In 2011, the career of young infielder Robelys Reyes seemed on a rocket-driven course after the then-20-year-old batted .378 to take the Dominican Summer League batting title.
It all started to unravel the next spring when the Dominican Republic native ran into a visa issue that dragged on and on. It kept him from entering the US until very late in the summer of 2013.
By then, the switch-hitter had struggled through a sub-par 2012 season before an upturn in the 2013 DSL. Having lost any age advantage compared to his level, Reyes reported to Johnson City for a week in late August as the season drew to its close.
In 2014, Reyes was initially promoted from extended spring training directly to full-season Peoria. However, when the State College Spikes lost two middle infielders due to injury, Reyes was re-assigned to the New York-Penn League.
There, the now-24-year-old has excelled, named a 2014 NYPL all-star. Coming into the break, Reyes was hitting .286 with 26 runs batted in over 49 games and leads the team with 14 stolen bases. Reyes strikes out just once every 11.74 plate appearances, which puts him in the top three of the NYPL.
In the following interview, exclusive to The Cardinal Nation, Reyes discusses his long and winding career to date. Spikes manager Oliver Marmol handles translation duties.
The final interview ahead from State College is with Spikes’ NYPL all-star infielder Darren Seferina.
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The New York-Penn League All-Star shortstop talks about his long journey since signing with the St. Louis Cardinals back in 2010.
The New York-Penn League All-Star shortstop talks about his long journey since signing back in 2010