Former Trojan Anthony Reyes Named Game 1 Starter For 2006 World Series

Oct. 20, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- Former USC pitcher Anthony Reyes (2000-03) has been named as the Game 1 starter for the St. Louis Cardinals in the upcoming 2006 World Series, manager Tony LaRussa announced on Friday.

In an ironic twist, Reyes was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 13th round after his 2002 season, but he elected not to sign and was drafted by the Cardinals in the 15th round after his 2003 senior season.

Reyes, who made his major league debut last year, is 5-8 this season with a 5.06 ERA. The Whittier, Calif., native has pitched this season for St. Louis and the Cardinals' Triple-A farm team in Memphis. He started Game 4 of the NLCS against the New York Mets, allowing two runs (both on solo home runs) and three hits in four innings of work. Reyes did not figure in the decision.

Reyes and current teammate and former Trojan Randy Flores become the 26th and 27th USC player to appear in a World Series.

During his collegiate career, Reyes made 53 starts in 60 appearances for the Trojans and was a member of the 2000 and 2001 USC squads that played in the College World Series. Reyes was 17-16 in his college career with a 3.85 ERA (320 IP, 331 H, 98 BB, 273 SO, .271 opponents' batting average). He was also a member of the U.S. National Team in 2000 and 2001.

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