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Dennys Reyes

St. Louis Cardinals — No. 36
Relief pitcher
Born: April 19, 1977 (1977-04-19) (age 32)
Higuera de Zaragoza, Mexico
Bats: Right Throws: Left 
MLB debut
July 13, 1997 for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win-Loss     32-34
Earned run average     4.22
Strikeouts     616

Dennys Reyes (born April 19, 1977 in Higuera de Zaragoza, Mexico) is a Major League Baseball relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. He has played for ten teams since his major league career began in 1997. Reyes throws left-handed and is considered a lefty specialist. He stands 6'3" and weighs 250 pounds.[1] His nickname is 'The Big Sweat."


Personal life

Childhood and family

Reyes attended Ignacio Zaragoza High School in Mexico. He is married to Claudia and has two sons: Dennys Alejando and Kris de Jesus. [2]

Professional career


Los Angeles Dodgers

Reyes signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He made his major league debut for the Dodgers on July 13, 1997 at age 20. He was the second youngest player in the league at the time, four days older than Atlanta Braves outfielder Andruw Jones.[3] Reyes pitched with the Dodgers for parts of two seasons, compiling a record of 2-7 in 25 games, including eight starts. On July 4, 1998 Reyes was traded by the Dodgers along with Paul Konerko to the Cincinnati Reds for Jeff Shaw.

Cincinnati Reds

Reyes spent three and one half seasons with Cincinnati from 1998 to 2001. Over that span he pitched in 170 games, starting 14 of them while compiling a record of 9-10 with an Earned Run Average of 4.40. On December 18, 2001 Reyes was traded by the Reds with Pokey Reese to the Colorado Rockies for Gabe White and Luke Hudson.

Journeyman years

From 2002 to 2005 Reyes pitched for six different organizations: Colorado Rockies (2002), Texas Rangers (2002), Pittsburgh Pirates (2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2003), Kansas City Royals (2004), and the San Diego Padres (2005). With the Royals, Reyes had career highs in games started (12), innings pitched (108) and strikeouts (91) while compiling an ERA of 4.75.

Minnesota Twins

On February 21, 2006, Reyes signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Twins. In 2006, Reyes posted a record of 5-0 with a career-best 0.89 ERA. His only career postseason experience to date was with the Twins in the 2006 American League Divisional Series against the Oakland A's when he appeared in two games. Reyes continued as a left-handed specialist in the Twins bullpen in 2007 and 2008. In 2008 he had the lowest average pitches per game pitched, with 9.[1]

St. Louis Cardinals

On March 5, 2009, Reyes signed a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in a reported two-year deal worth approximately $3 million.[4] [5]


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