Player: Evan Alexander
Age: 19, February 26, 1998
Affiliate: Pulaski Yankees (Rookie)
Role: Emergency major league help, up/down type
Risk Factor: High
MLB ETA: 2022
After speaking with his manager, Luis Dorante, there are no red flags in this young man’s character. He was given high praise for his work ethic and willingness to adapt and learn.
Hit – Has an advanced eye at the plate for his age. Works the count well, and see’s many pitches in each at bat. Will go with the pitch the other way, and has quick enough hands to turn on the inside fastball. Truly takes what the opposing pitchers give him. Simple and solid hitting mechanics. His aforementioned hands are quick and has a good swing path.
Power – Has no power, and will not develop power as he advances throughout the system. See him as a 3-5 home run bat in the upper levels of the minors.
Speed/Baserunning – Speed is his best tool, clocked him at 4.10 running to first, and 7.65 on a double (home to second). Pretty good on the base-paths, especially getting reads/jumps off pitchers. Did run into an out at third base on a groundball to the shortstop but that can be expected from an 19-year old. That was the only bad read that was seen in three games.
Glove – His speed really helps his grade in the field. Can get to many balls that others will not. Saw him field a couple balls off the wall, and was impressed. Fields his position well. Profiles as a centerfielder.
Arm – Has an accurate arm, however his arm strength leaves something to be desired. It’s unquestionably below average.
Evan was a very nice acquisition in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, as Damon Oppenheimer selected him with the New York Yankees 19th overall selection. He has an advanced approach at the plate for his age and makes the pitcher throw many pitches in his at bats, working deep into the count. Goes up to the plate with a plan and will usually not chase balls out of the zone. He will need to improve his arm strength to make it past Trenton (Double-A) as a starter. Offensively, I foresee Evan as a .250 -.260 hitter, with a couple home runs, a plethora of stolen bases and pretty solid defense in the field.