Sedalia Bombers manager Jud Kindle doesn’t know how long he’ll have Mark Reyes, but he’s going to send him out to the mound as long as he does.
The left-handed pitcher from Crowder made his Bombers debut on Wednesday, pitching five innings in a 4-3 Bombers win over Joplin at Dey Field at Liberty Park, but Kindle has no idea if he will make another appearance for the team after he was selected by the San Fransisco Giants in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball first-year players draft.
“He’ll be a starter that will give us four or five innings to start out with,” Kindle said. “Hopefully later six or seven when he’s healthy. Reyes is a very good left-handed pitcher.”
He struck out five on Wednesday, allowing five hits and one run and threw a first-pitch strike to 15 of the 22 batters he faced (69 percent).
“My fastball and my changeup were really working,” he said. “Being able to place my changeup where I wanted to was the main thing.”
He found himself with runners on in several innings, but was able to work out of trouble. In the first inning, he struck out Enrique Finol with runners on the corners and two out to end the inning. A fielder’s choice got him out of a two-on, two-out situation in the fourth.
“I didn’t have my best stuff but I had enough to get me out of jams,” he said.
Wednesday was the first start for Reyes since Crowder’s District Tournament appearance last month.
“I wasn’t really worried about rust,” he said. “I was worried about being able to throw strikes and find the zone, but it turned out to be pretty good.”
At Crowder, Reyes was part of a Region 16 championship team which went 45-17. He led the team in innings pitched, going 8-3 in 13 starts with an ERA of 2.20 and a team-high 81 strikeouts.
It was on the strength of that season the Giants called his name with the 658th overall pick.
“I was excited,” he said. “Anybody would be. There’s just so much excitement in seeing your name.”
He has until the July 18 signing deadline to decide if he is going to jump into the Giants minor league system or head back to college for another year.
“During the summer I’m working on locating my pitches better than they are now and helping this team win and keep my arm strengthened,” he said.