Jag Baseball Adds Impressive Walk-on

JagsJungle has learned that Palm Beach State pitcher Alex Blodgett will be walking on at South Alabama in the fall. The 6'4,190 right-hander had an outstanding 2011 at Palm Beach working mostly out of the bullpen. On the year, he was 3-2 with a 1.85 ERA, 24 hits and 16 walks with 28 punch-outs in 32 innings pitched.

Blodgett began his career by signing with the University of Louisville out of Tates Creek High School in Lexington, Kentucky. He pitched sparingly as a freshman before running into arm trouble. He was unable to get it going as a Cardinal and got lost in the shuffle. He eventually headed to Palm Beach State for a fresh start, where he found himself a teammate of Jaguar signee Nick Zaharion. Being Zaharion's teammate put him in a position to be seen by South Alabama Head Coach Mark Calvi, who remembered Blodgett from some of the national scouting events he attended as a high schooler.

While at Tates Creek he was a 2008 Rawlings Preseason All-American and 2008 Team One/UnderArmour Preseason All-American. Blodgett was rated by Baseball America as the number 12 prospect in Kentucky prior to the 2008 MLB Draft.

Baseball America's evaluation of Blodgett:
"Louisville's top in-state recruit is right-hander Alex Blodgett, who's projectable at 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds. He had a tender arm and often worked at 86-88 mph this spring, but he has touched 92. If he improves his curveball and his mechanics, he could be an early draft pick after three years with the Cardinals."

As a prepster, Blodgett attended numerous Perfect Game events, breaking 90 many times and topping out at 92 mph.

Perfect Games evaluation of Blodgett:
"Alex Blodgett is a 2008 RHP with a 6'4'', 190 lb. frame from Lexington, KY who attends Tates Creek HS. He has a high waisted build with long limbs and good looseness. Blodgett has a deep 2-piece arm action and a tall delivery. He tends to land closed prior to release and throws across his body but maintains very good downhill angle to the plate on his pitches and gets good extension out front. Better balance and direction to the plate should help him, but what he's doing now isn't bad either as it seems to work for him. Blodgett's fastball topped out at 92 mph with good life and angle at the plate. His curveball was 74 mph and didn't have a sharp, hard bite to it but Blodgett had very good feel for it and used to spot to get outs. Blodgett had a nice idea what he was doing on the mound and executed his plan. He should continue to improve as he gets stronger. He is a good student off the field.
PG Grade: 9.5 (potential top 10 pick)"

This is a very exciting development for South Alabama Baseball as it marries a coach known for building up pitchers through a structured throwing program as well as strength and conditioning with an extremely talented pitcher. A talented pitcher who's battled arm trouble in the past but who seems to be working past those troubles toward good arm health, pitching this spring at 87 to 90 mph with good life on his fastball. Blodgett had some other DI offers, but chose to walkon at South Alabama in part because of Coach Mark Calvi's reputation with pitchers.

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