2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Alec Hansen

By Burke Granger

Alec Hansen – RHP – Oklahoma.  6’7″ 235.  Class: Junior.  DOB: October 10, 1994.  Last Drafted:  2013 – Colorado (25th Round).

Scouted:  The University of Oklahoma @ West Virginia University on 4/18/2015.

In 2013, the same year the Colorado Rockies popped flame throwing righthander Jonathan Gray from the University of Oklahoma at #3 overall, they selected Hansen from nearby Loveland (Colo.) High School in the 25th Round.  Baseball America ranked Hansen as top draft prospect in the state of Colorado that year and the 136th best overall prospect.  The Rockies were unable to dissuade Hansen from his college commitment, so it was onward to Norman.

After being limited to just 11.1 innings as a freshman, Hansen stepped into the Saturday starting role as a sophomore.  Statistically, Hansen was up and down in the 2015 season, which culminated with a 10 strikeout complete game victory against #10 ranked Texas Tech in which he allowed just 3 hits.  He wasn’t as sharp when saw him a month later in Morgantown, giving up 6 hits, 3 runs, walking 2 while striking out 4 in 3.1 innings against the Mountaineers.

Hansen took the summer off, but reportedly impressed early in the fall before sitting out the Sooners’ Fall Series with a sore forearm as a precautionary measure.

Statistics aside, Hansen has positioned himself as a 1:1 candidate for the 2016 MLB Draft.  That is what 99 MPH coming from a downward 6’7″ plane  will do for you.  Baseball America, D1 Baseball, and MLB Pipeline all view Hansen as the #2 best college draft prospect heading into season behind only lefty A.J. Puk of Florida.

STATISTICS: 

YEAR

CLASS

W-L

ERA

G

S

IP

H

K

BB

2014

Fr.

0-1

4.76

10

0

11.1

11

16

13

2015

So.

5-6

3.95

15

0

82

75

94

44

2016

Jr.

3-5

5.40

14

0

51.2

44

75

39

REPERTOIRE:

Fastball:  While Hansen sat at 95-96 mph with late life and topped out at 97 mph when I saw him, he routinely bumps it up to 99 mph.  Hansen’s lower body strength allows him to carry that velocity deep into games.  Already a plus pitch, if Hansen can refine his command this becomes an elite offering.

Curveball:   Inconsistent at 79-81 MPH, Hansen flashes good break with his curveball when thrown for strikes.

Slider:   While by no means a finished product, Hansen’s 87-88 MPH slider is an effective out-pitch.

Changeup:  Hansen struggled to find his release point on his changeup when I saw him last spring, bouncing several in the 86-88 MPH range.  Scouts were reportedly impressed with the fade and ability to locate this pitch in the fall.

DELIVERY:  Hansen has a tall, lean, athletic body that you look for in a front line starter, and he gets great extension with his lower body strength, suburb arm speed, and a high 3/4 delivery.  Like many tall pitchers, he’ll need to continue to work on repeating his delivery.  As you can see in the video above, Hansen falls off the mound to the first base side which could hinder his ability to get himself into an effective fielding position.

FUTURE:  While Hansen enters 2016 as a candidate to come off the board 1st overall, he’ll need to improve upon his career 5.52 BB/9 if there is any real chance of that happening.  Hansen will also need to prove that he’s healthy, as this fall wasn’t the first time he’s missed time due to forearm tightness.

DISCLAIMER:  It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they do.  I do, however, actually go to see these guys play live, which is more than you’ll get from many online “Scouting Reports”.  I also talk to scouts when I’m there.  While scouts reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

 

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