Despite sitting out all of his 2nd college season last spring with an injury, Hidalgo graduate Gerardo Reyes's successful July pitching tryout resulted in a contract offer from the Tampa Bay Rays.
After graduating from Hidalgo, Reyes, the former Pirates right-hander, joined UT-Brownsville's baseball program before UTB killed it. Reyes moved on to a successful freshman season at Galveston College, but an injury caused him to sit out this past sophomore year.
A few months later, on July 1st, Reyes attended local scout Marcos Tovar's tryout at PSJA high school, where Rays scout Pat Murphy was impressed with Reyes' performance. Murphy and Tovar kept tabs on Reyes as he pitched in Mexico, then offered him a contract August 5th.
After Reyes, nicknamed 'Pollo' in high school, signs his contract this coming Sunday, he will make his way to Florida, joining the Rays' rookie league squad in Port Charlotte.
Reyes becomes the 6th Rio Grande Valley product currently signed with an MLB organization, joining Mission Sharyland's Jaime Garcia (Cardinals) and Angel Ibanez (Astros), La Joya's Mickey Pena (Red Sox), La Joya Juarez-Lincoln's RJ Alaniz (Astros), and Brownsville Porter's Henry Garcia (Diamondbacks).