A.J. Alexy

Position: RHSP
Level: Minor League Spring Training
Affiliate: Rangers A+
League: Minor League Spring Training
Born: 04/21/1998 (Age: 25)
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 195
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 11th Rd., 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD); Traded to TEX 7/31/2017

Prospect Spotlight

Originally the Dodgers’ 11th round pick from the Pennsylvania prep ranks in 2016, Alexy was one of the prospects Texas returned in the Yu Darvish trade at the 2017 deadline. Fairly new to pitching after converting late in his high school career, Alexy has shown steady progress and could be a breakout candidate in 2019. I was very impressed by my looks at him late last season, and he showed similarly well on the backfields this spring.

Alexy’s 6-foot-4 frame is athletic and twitchy, creating the armspeed to run his fastball into the 96-to-97 mph range at best. It’s a lively pitch that takes off with late hop finishing through the zone, showing the ingredients of a future plus pitch. Alexy’s upper-70s curveball shows consistent depth and occasional sharpness, grading as at least an average offering (and flashing better than that at best). His changeup, control, and command will all need to sharpen in order to reach his ceiling, though Alexy’s body control and mechanics—paired with the limited mound time—hint those improvements are possible.