Thursday, February 12, 2015

Scouting the 2015 Draft: Alex Young

Alex Young is a LHP from TCU where he has mostly pitched out of the bullpen, but is expected to jump into the rotation replacing Brandon Finnegan.  He's got a sidearm delivery almost identical to Christian Jones and a 4 pitch mix that includes average FB's and change ups but plus curves and sliders.  Here is his 2014 stat line:  1-3, 2.51, 43 IP, 16 BB, 40 K, 1 Save.  He started 2 games as a sophomore.  He reportedly also had an impressive Cape Cod League campaign, but I could not find any stats for him there.  BA has him ranked as the #33 draft prospect in 2015 while Kiley McDaniel of Fangraphs has him at #30 with a comment:  "The 6'2" lefty seems ordinary with a fastball, changeup and command that are all 50-55, but then he breaks out his plus low 80's curve and slider."  I guess I'd like to see the Giants aim a bit higher in the supplemental round.

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