Dodger Prospect #26 Mark Alexander

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Name-MARK WILLIAM ALEXANDER
Position- Relief Pitcher
Residence-Independence, Mo.
DOB- Dec. 6, 1980
Ht- 5-11
Wt- 200
B/T- R/R
How Obtained- Drafted in 20th round 2004
06 Clubs- Jacksonville, (Southern ), Las Vegas (Pacific Coast)

This Alexander goes about his work the way another Alexander did. No, not the pitcher surnamed Grover Cleveland but, rather, the Macedonian they called "The Great". You see, he studies his opponents with assiduous care, learns their weaknesses, then exploits them.

He does this because he isn't blessed with a fast ball that makes scouts drool and batters froth. He hasn't the build for it and he had to undergo arm surgery while still at the University of Missouri. But he does have an excellent curve and is all heart and brains.

He's been a closer ever since college and has been steadily racking up the saves as a pro. He recorded 24 of those at Jacksonville where he spent most of the year. He had astounding success with the Suns, going 3-2 with an 0.96 ERA.

He might not throw flames past batters but he does strike them out with regularity- 72 in 47 innings. He also has control, walking only 18 over than span.

Batters managed only a .158 mark against him. He did well when moved up to Vegas (2-1, 3.14), then was sent back to aid the Suns in the playoffs.

Despite all this there are many that keep waiting for him to unravel and doubt his ability to succeed up on top. The absence of the heater, again.

He'll probably be stationed at Las Vegas fulltime in 2007, planning once again to get the big outs that could lead to a big league call-up.

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