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A.J. Alexy
Popularity: ↑ 20%
P | B/T: R/R | 6' 4" 195LBS | Age: 22

Draft: 2016 | Rd: 11, #341, Los Angeles Dodgers | Twin Valley (PA) HS
MLB Pipeline Rank
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 0 3 5.12 5 5 0 19.1 23 1.40
Career Minors 10 18 3.75 58 52 0 235.1 286 1.27
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 5 0-3 5.12 19.1 23 1.40
Career Minors 58 10-18 3.75 235.1 286 1.27

Standard Minor League Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGLWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2016 AZL Dodgers AZL ROK 1 0 4.61 7 3 0 13.2 17 8 7 2 3 12 1.46
2017 2 Teams Minors 3 7 3.53 24 24 0 94.1 59 39 37 6 52 113 1.18
2017 Great Lakes Loons MID A(Full) 2 6 3.67 19 19 0 73.2 46 32 30 3 37 86 1.13
2017 Hickory Crawdads SAL A(Full) 1 1 3.05 5 5 0 20.2 13 7 7 3 15 27 1.35
2018 Hickory Crawdads SAL A(Full) 6 8 3.58 22 20 0 108.0 89 50 43 5 52 138 1.31
2019 Down East Wood Ducks CAR A(Adv) 0 3 5.12 5 5 0 19.1 14 12 11 1 13 23 1.40

Scouting Report

2020

One month after he threw an infamous 164-pitch complete game for Twin Valley High (Elverson, Pa.), Alexy signed with the Dodgers for a well-over-slot $597,500 in the 11th round of the 2016 Draft. The Rangers acquired him a year later along with Willie Calhoun and infield prospect Brendon Davis in exchange for Yu Darvish. He made just five high Class A starts in 2019 before getting shut down with a lat injury, but he did return with electric stuff in instructional league.

Alexy generates high spin rates on both his fastball and curveball and changes the eye level of hitters with four-seamers up in the strike zone and benders that drop through the bottom of it. He usually works at 92-95 mph and tops out at 97 with his heater, but he sat around 97 and touched 100 during short stints in instructional league. His curve combines power with legitimate 12-6 break.

While Alexy's changeup lags behind his two plus offerings, it shows some flashes of becoming a solid third pitch. He has a big frame built for starting and has toned down his delivery since turning pro, but he'll have to improve his control and command to succeed as a starter. Should he move to the bullpen and maintain the velocity he showed last fall, he could become a high-leverage option.


2019

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Alexy signed with the Dodgers for a well over-slot $597,500 as an 11th-rounder in 2016, one month after he threw an infamous 164-pitch complete game at Twin Valley High (Elverson, Pa.). Los Angeles parted with him a year later, sending him with Willie Calhoun and infield prospect Brendon Davis to the Rangers for Yu Darvish. He has legitimate swing-and-miss stuff, averaging 11.0 strikeouts per nine innings in his first three pro seasons.

<Alexy has high spin rates on his fastball and curveball, and he misses bats by changing eye levels with four-seamers up in the strike zone and curves that drop out of the bottom of it. He usually sits at 92-95 mph and tops out at 97 with his heater, while his curveball combines power with 12-to-6 break. His changeup isn't nearly as effective as his other two offerings but shows flashes of becoming an average pitch.

Because Alexy didn't start pitching full-time until he was a high school junior, he still has a lot to learn on the mound. He has reduced the effort in his delivery since turning pro yet he still doesn't keep it in sync consistently, which compromises his control. If he eventually moves to the bullpen, his fastball/curve combo could make him a late-inning weapon.


2018

Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45

Willie Calhoun was the headliner in the three-prospect package the Rangers received from the Dodgers for Yu Darvish last July, but Alexy quickly asserted himself as one of the best starting pitchers in his new system. Los Angeles signed him for a well over-slot $600,000 as an 11th-rounder in 2016, one month after he infamously threw a 164-pitch complete game at Twin Valley High (Elverson, Pa.). He impressed the Dodgers so much in his first spring training that they sent him to low Class A at age 18, and he struck out 113 in 94 1/3 innings between the two organizations.

Alexy added strength during his first full year in pro ball, boosting his high-spin-rate fastball consistently into the low 90s, and his 6-foot-4 frame still has room to add more muscle. His curveball already had good depth and added power as well, becoming a consistent plus pitch. His changeup isn't as consistent as his other offerings but has the makings of an average pitch.

Because Alexy didn't become a full-time pitcher until his junior year in high school, he's just scratching the surface of his potential. There's still some effort in his delivery but he's athletic and toned it down in his first full season, so the Rangers think he'll throw more strikes. His curveball and competitiveness will serve him well if he eventually moves into the bullpen.


2017

Scouting grades: Fastball: 55 | Curveball: 55 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45

Alexy made headlines for all the wrong reasons when he threw a nine-inning, 164-pitch complete game at Twin Valley High (Elverson, Pa.) in May 2016. A month later, the Dodgers selected him in the 11th round and gave him $600,000 to pass up a commitment to Radford. He made such a good impression in his first Spring Training that he earned an assignment to low Class A at age 18, and he continued to stand out before the Rangers acquired him in the Yu Darvish trade in July.

Alexy's best present weapon is his curveball, which has depth and could become a true plus offering once it adds more power. He usually works at 88-93 mph with his fastball and should add more velocity once he fills out his projectable 6-foot-4 frame. His changeup is more of a work in progress, but has some potential.

He didn't become a full-time pitcher until he was a junior in high school, so Alexy still has room for lots of growth. He has a quick arm and his pitches should continue to improve as he gets stronger and refines his delivery. Club officials praise his competitive nature.


Transactions

Team Date Transaction
11/20/2020 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Nashville Sounds from Down East Wood Ducks.
11/20/2020 Texas Rangers selected the contract of RHP A.J. Alexy from Nashville Sounds.
10/04/2019 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Surprise Saguaros.
09/27/2019 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
09/27/2019 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
09/22/2019 Down East Wood Ducks activated RHP A.J. Alexy from the 7-day injured list.
05/02/2019 Down East Wood Ducks placed RHP A.J. Alexy on the 7-day injured list.
04/25/2019 Down East Wood Ducks activated RHP A.J. Alexy from the temporarily inactive list.
04/21/2019 Down East Wood Ducks placed RHP A.J. Alexy on the temporarily inactive list.
03/28/2019 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Down East Wood Ducks from Hickory Crawdads.
03/23/2019 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers.
09/26/2018 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
09/26/2018 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
05/30/2018 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Rangers Extended Spring Training.
05/27/2018 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Rangers Extended Spring Training from Hickory Crawdads.
09/29/2017 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
09/29/2017 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Texas Rangers Futures.
08/03/2017 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Hickory Crawdads.
07/31/2017 Texas Rangers traded RHP Yu Darvish to Los Angeles Dodgers for 2B Willie Calhoun, RHP A.J. Alexy and SS Brendon Davis.
04/03/2017 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to Great Lakes Loons from AZL Dodgers.
07/07/2016 RHP A.J. Alexy assigned to AZL Dodgers.
07/06/2016 Los Angeles Dodgers signed RHP A.J. Alexy.