Alexander Palma signed with the Yankees on July 2, 2012, as an international free agent out of Venezuela.
Palma made his professional debut in 2013 with the Dominican Summer League Yankees. Over 143 at-bats in 37 games he hit .287/.325/.371 with six doubles and two home runs and 16 RBIs. He walked seven times.
In 2014, Palma appeared in 52 games for the Gulf Coast League Yankees. In the GCL he hit .305/.318/.451 in 213 at-bats. He hit 13 doubles, three triples, and four home runs while driving in 45 runs and walked three times.
The 2015 season was his first taste of full-season ball with the Charleston RiverDogs. In 81 games, 277 at-bats, he struggled, hitting just .202/.248/.256 for Charleston with four doubles, four triples and a home run and only 26 runs batted in.
Palma returned to the RiverDogs in 2016 and faired much better this time around. He hit .265/.292/.420 in 64 games for Charleston with 17 doubles, a triple and six home runs while driving in 37 runs and walking nine times.
Palma returned to the RiverDogs to start the 2017 season and played just seven games for them before earning a promotion to the Tampa Yankees. With the RiverDogs he had eight hits in 27 at-bats with two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs.
After being promoted to the Tampa Yankees, he hit .277/.323/.428 over 173 at-bats in 47 games. He had 15 doubles, a triple, and three home runs while driving in 19 runs and walking 11 times.
Palma spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League. The 23-year old only played in 52 games, spending significant time on the disabled list but hit .299/.348/.459 in 194 at-bats with eight doubles, a triple, and seven home runs with 26 RBIs. Despite being injured he set a new career high in home runs.
Palma has tremendous bat speed and barrels up the baseball on a consistent basis. He has got a clean, fluid swing coupled with a projectable body that could see him develop future power. In his career, Alexander has shown an ability to adjust off-speed offerings with a robust overall hitting approach. Defensively, he has an average arm coupled with average speed. Due to Palma’s thick lower half and big body, conditioning will be an essential facet of his development.
Palma is likely heading to Double-A Trenton for the 2019 season if he remains healthy. Despite his injury history he still has a lot of potential.
*Scouting Report by Paul Pagnato III