2013 Draft Scouting Report: Alex Gonzalez

When it comes to scouting for the draft, much of the hard work is done in the summer. That's why we're on the scene this summer, scouting the top amateur leagues, and showcases. As part of our 2013 draft coverage, we're providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on the names you need to know. Here's a report from the Cape Cod League, as we evaluate right-hander Alex Gonzalez.

Name: Alex Gonzalez
Position: Pitcher
School: Oral Roberts
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 200
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Cape Cod League


Physical Description

One of the most intriguing things about Gonzalez is that he's far from a finished product physically. He has a lot of room to gain strength in his upper body, and he still looks very young out there on the mound. As he fills out further, he's going to have a very durable pitcher's frame.

Mechanics

Gonzalez was a different pitcher last summer. His mechanics are far more consistent and repeatable now. He stays back well at his balance point, and he's generating better velocity with his lower half.

Fastball

Gonzalez pitched on the Cape last summer with a fastball that sat around 88-89 mph. This summer, he lived consistently at 91-93 mph and bumped 94 every now and then. It's a fastball with good life through the zone and occasional sink. He makes the mistake of getting too much plate in pitcher's counts but his aggression is a positive.

Slider

Although Gonzalez' slider flashed average this summer, the breaking ball assortment is going to have to improve. His current slider comes in around 84-86 mph with a short late break. When he's locating, it's a very difficult pitch for hitters to handle, but it's not a real swing and miss offering. It wouldn't be surprising to see a traditional curveball added to his arsenal in the pros.

Changeup

The changeup is another quality offering from Gonzalez, but it also may need to be tweaked in the pros. At 83-85 mph, the differential could be better, but he's spotting it well enough that it's currently a quality offering.

Summation

Alex Gonzalez has improved in leaps and bounds over the past calendar year, and that's what is going to be enticing next June. He's improving at the right time and he's likely to continue to improve. He already has three very solid offerings, and with some tinkering, one of those secondary pitches may take off and become a plus offering.

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