Tigers Scouting Report: Tyler Alexander

One of the surprise selections by the Tigers, and of anyone on the first day of the draft, was that of left-hander Tyler Alexander, a sophomore-eligible pitcher from Texas Christian, who the Tigers had drafted two years ago but didn't sign. What has the club so enamored with Alexander, and what could he be for the Tigers?

Tyler Alexander

Vitals

Position: Left-handed Pitcher
Date of Birth: 7/14/1994
Height/Weight: 6-3/180
Bats/Throws: Right/Left
Acquired: 2015 MLB Draft, 2nd Round

Performance:

2014 Stats - Pitching
TEAMGGSSVIPHHRRERBBSOHBPERAWHIPW/L
TCU 1614091.1857372996962.861.036-2


Scouting Report

Body: Good height; skinny frame with some room for additional strength; body hasn’t changed much since he entered college so physical projection may be limited; lanky with good wingspan and high waist; quality strength in legs.

Delivery/Mechanics: Simple windup; gets from initial movement to balance point quickly; has some wiggle to glove as he gets ready to start windup; wiggle is consistent from pitch-to-pitch and doesn’t tip; long arm stroke after break; comes through with above-average arm speed in a low-3/4 slot; good extension and finish to delivery; will fall to third base side at times.

Fastball: Below-average to fringe velocity; sits comfortably 88-90; velocity ticked up late in sophomore season, sitting 89-91 and reaching 92 mph on occasion; velocity projection is minimal; pitch has good life with some ability to manipulate; can cut and sink it to give hitters a different look; fringe-average pitch overall. Grade – Present 4+/Future 4+

Slider: Good rotation; wears FB disguise coming from same slot; even with tight rotation, break is more slurvy than sharp; 2-7 shape with consistency; shows ability to start it out of strike zone and finish over the plate, as well as ability to bury in the dirt as a chase pitch; average offering that could tighten slightly with additional reps. Grade – 5/5+

Changeup: Pitch is progressing; limited velocity separation as pitch sits mostly in 82-84 mph range; good sink and will turn it over at times for some arm-side fade; needs consistency overall; lacks trust in grip at times and back off too much trying to make pitch slow down; potential average offering that will play off FB well long term. Grade – 4+/5

Control/Command:Impeccable control in windup and stretch; throws strikes as a matter of routine and pounds with all three pitches; advanced command of arsenal; moves FB to all parts of strike zone and shows aptitude for moving pitch off the plate to induce hitters to chase; SL and CH are both commanded at least average and will continue to improve; plus command profile that carries arsenal to high level.

Other: Intelligent pitcher with good presence on the mound; shows feel for mixing pitches and keeping hitters off balance; quality pickoff move; fields position well; regarded as high character individual.



Final Word

Summary: Raw arsenal doesn’t jump off the page; potential for three pitches with fringe-average to average grades; entire package plays up because of outstanding command; can dominate hitters with location of three pitches, deception in delivery, and high pitching IQ; unlikely to see substantial improvement in overall game from this point forward.

Risk: Moderate risk; Needs exposure to professional hitters; limited ceiling and high floor.

Projection: Potential to move quickly through the minor league system on the back of his control/command and array of pitches; could easily see time at High-A and Double-A in 2016 and may be available for big league duty as early as second half of 2017 season; maturation of command profile, FB and CH could result in 4th or 5th starter.



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