The Angels have traded their starting catcher, Jason Castro, for a relief pitcher from the San Diego Padres. That pitcher is righty Gerardo Reyes.
According to FanGraphs, who ranked him the 39th Padres’ prospect to begin the season:
“He’s a low-slot bullpen slinger with a tailing, upper-90s fastball, and his arm slot creates issues for righties. He needs to refine command of the breaking ball to better deal with lefties, but just on arm strength and fastball movement, he’ll likely continue to see big league time.”
Reyes struck out over 12 batters per nine last season, and walked a smidge under 4 per nine. In his first go at the majors, Reyes threw 97 mph with a 88 mph slider.
Overall, it’s about what can be expected for a month of an average catcher with over $1 million left on his expiring contract. Those with higher expectations will be disappointed: Reyes is a prototypical FB/SL reliever out of the bullpen, though he has less than a year of service time and will be controllable through 2025.