Blaze Alexander

Position: SS
Level: Class A
Affiliate: Kane County Cougars
League: Midwest League
Born: 06/11/1999 (Age: 20)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 160
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 11th Rd., 2018 MLB First-Year Player Draft (ARI)

Prospect Spotlight

Alexander was looking like a potential early-round pick in last year’s draft, but an up-and-down senior spring at IMG Academy dropped him to the 11th round. He signed with Arizona for an over-slot $500K bonus in 2018, skipping over a South Carolina commitment by doing so. Alexander had an excellent pro debut, slashing .329/.417/.538 between the Arizona and Pioneer Leagues. Like many teenagers in the Midwest League, he started off slow to begin 2019 battling full-season competition and brutal weather. Alexander has found his footing since, however, slashing .259/.355/.388 since May with an impressive 10-percent walk rate.

His simple, compact swing projects to make lots of contact, and there could be some power coming given a wiry-strong frame. Alexander has some chance to remain at shortstop, where his cannon arm is a weapon and allows him to play deep. His game requires some projection, but the tools are here for a low-end regular or solid role player who can move around the field. Alexander’s arm-strength is unique–among the better infield throwing arms in the minors–which could allow him to play almost any position on the field in a utility role considering his athleticism.