2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Peter Alonso

Peter Alonso – 1B – Florida.  Bats: R.  Throws: R.  6’2″ 225.  DOB:  December 7, 1994.  Last Drafted:  Never.

Scouted:

Three Game Series:  Florida Gators @ Kentucky Wildcats, March 25-27, 2016, Lexington, KY.

Undrafted out of Plant High School (Fla.), Alonso was part of a banner recruiting crop for the Gators and started 58 games as a freshman on his way to being named to the SEC All-Freshman team.

Alonso missed a month of his sophomore season with a  broken foot, but returned in time to hit the two longest home runs in TD Ameritrade Park history in the College World Series.

Alonso again missed time as a junior, this time after a Jordan Sheffield fastball fractured his hand in mid-May.

STATISTICS

*Through 6.5.2016

YEAR
AVE
OBP
SLG
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
K
SB/ATT
2014
.264
.344
.376
6
2
4
32
19
35
1/1
2015
.301
.398
.503
10
2
     5
32
18
22
0/0
2016
.364
.461
.628
14
0
12
52
29
30
2/3

HITTING:  Alonso employs an open stance, then proceeds to swing his hips open early on nearly every offering, leading to a lot of check swings, and leaving him susceptible to pitches on the outer half.  When a ball catches too much of the plate however, Alonso can punish it the other way.

POWER:  In a draft short on college pop, Alonso’s raw power stands out.  There is natural loft in Alonso’s swing, which when coupled, great arm extension and a powerful lower half produces light tower power when the ball is barreled.  Sometimes power is zapped in the short term following a hand injury, but Alonso has been hot since his return from being hit on the hand.

SPEED:  A well below average runner, Alonso’s speed is near the bottom of the chart.

ARM:  Alonso has a strong and accurate arm, especially for a first baseman.

DEFENSE:  The lack of speed will limit him to first base and because he’s right handed, that means he’ll need to hit.  Fortunately for Alonso, he does that pretty well.  Defensively, although he lacks range, Alonso can make all the reactionary plays to his right or left.  Alonso is a gritty defender, not afraid to get dirty or take a ball of the chest, whether it be batted or thrown.

FUTURE:  Power hitting college first basemen don’t seem properly calibrated in recent drafts.  Then they hit 40 home runs in the California League and we suddenly take notice.  See Reed, A.J.  That’s not a comp, they’re very different players; just revisionist commentary on my part.  Alonso picked the right time to get hot, absolutely raking during Regionals where scouts are checking in on him to see if he’s healthy.

DISCLAIMER:  It’s important to note that I’m not a scout.  I don’t have the training or expertise that they have.  I do, however, go to games to see these guys play live and talk to scouts.  While those scouts must reserve their reports for their employer, I can share my thoughts with you, the reader.

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