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Alexander Wells

Born: 02/27/1997 (Age: 22)
Bats: Left Throws: Left
Height: 6' 1" Weight: 195
Average frame, minimal projection left. Extreme first base side of the rubber, steps further towards first with some crossfire, upright at foot strike, average tempo, average arm circle to high-three-quarters slot, hides the ball well, deceptive without sacrificing command, repeats well despite funk, just playing catch out there. Slow to the plate, around 1.5, but good enough pickoff move to keep runners mostly honest.
Evaluator Jeffrey Paternostro
Report Date 07/02/2019
Affiliate Baltimore Orioles (AA, Orioles)
Dates Seen 7/1/19
OFP 45
MLB ETA 2020
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 40 85-87 89 Plus command, some sink. Works all four quadrants. Will cut or run, tends to work backwards to the fastball and there was harder contact on it the second time through. Can be effective I think if used <50% of the time, but very fine margins with the pitch. Has touched 90-91 in the past for me.
Curveball 45 70-72 73 Commands it well, but it tends to show the 1-to-7 break early, tough angle for lefties from the release point
Changeup 55 81-83 83 Sink and fade, will throw it to both sides of the plate, can cut it into righties too. Will throw it first pitch, any pitch, double up with it. Not so good he can throw it as much as he does and not get the occasional flat one tattooed.

I shouldn't like this profile as much as I do (see Bailey Falter and Thomas Pannone for two other examples), but it's 70 control and 60 command of the admittedly fringe stuff. Fine margins all around here, and the Triple-A and MLB baseball might be a problem, but Wells has generally been able to miss just enough bats with the change, and keep his pitches just enough off the barrel with everything else so far in his career. It's a backend/swing profile -- and he might be best served not seeing a lineup a third time anyway -- with a middle relief fallback. Wells is super polished and I'd be tempted to go low risk here, but there's always the chance major league hitters just tee off on the fastball when they see it.

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