Alex Scherff Greenville Drive Pitcher

       
 
Age: 21
Born: February 5, 1998
Birthplace: Colleyville, TX
Height: 6-3
Weight: 205
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2017 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Texas A&M commit)
High School: Colleyville Heritage (TX)
ETA: -

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First Pro Contract: June 13, 2017
Signing Scout:  Brandon Agamennone
Signing Bonus: $700,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
   
MiLB Debut: April 9, 2018 (Greenville)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @alexscherff23
Instagram: @scherff23

 
 

 

 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Solidly built frame. Strong upper body. Minimal remaining physical projection. Is not a standout athlete.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. Delivery is on the rough side and is something the Red Sox might tweak as he develops. Starts on the first base side and uses a medium leg kick. Has a slight trunk twist in his delivery before he comes forward. Delivery is very stiff and arm-heavy. Very strong, live arm, which he uses to make up for not effectively incorporating his lower half into his delivery. Struggles to find a consistent arm slot and release point at times. Will come more over the top at times when throwing his breaking ball. Reportedly became more consistent with his mechanics around midseason in 2018, leading to corresponding improvement in arsenal from that scouted and described below, and correspondingly, improvement in results.

Fastball: 92-94 mph. Tops out at 98 mph. Delivery brings command profile into question. Will show life down in the zone. Struggles to locate arm-side. Velocity grades out higher than command projection. Plus potential with refined command. Pitch shows life. Velocity dipped to 90-92 mph in the first half of the 2018 season as he tried to change his mechanics. After ironing out mechanics later in the 2018 it jumped back to 92-93, T95.

Changeup: 83-85 mph. Good separation from fastball. Inconsistent feel. At its best, will show deceptive arm speed and late drop. Potential average offering with refinement.
  Curveball: 76-79 mph. Long, 12-to-6 break. Doesn't consistently get over the pitch and struggles to bury it down in the zone. When he snaps it off, shows tight rotation and depth. Average potential.

Cutter/Slider: Reportedly worked on adding pitch during the 2018 Fall Instructional League. Will update scouting report after seeing pitch in action. May replace curveball as third pitch.

Career Notes: Had been committed to Texas A&M. Had some issues with conditioning in high school, losing 40 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons. Played for three different high schools before transferring back to his freshman year high school for his senior season. Signed in 2017 but did not debut until 2018. Missed time in 2018 with an intercostal strain. Participated in 2018 Fall Instructional League.

Summation: In the early stages of developing his three-pitch mix. Has the durable frame you look for in a starter, but delivery needs work as do secondary pitches. If secondary pitches develop, projects as a number four starter, but has the stuff to project in a bullpen role if they don't. Wide gap between what he is now and his potential, with a lot of development remaining. Reportedly also throws a slider, but has not shown it in any of the games scouted.

Links
Notes from the Field (4.9.18)
Scouting Scratch (10.4.18)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l % era g gs sv ip h r er hr bb so whip k/bb k/9
2017 Colleyville -- HS --- 19 8 0 1.000 0.44 40 --- --- 48.0 --- --- --- --- --- 89 --- --- 16.69
  2017 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 19 --- --- DNP --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 20 0 0 --- 1.80 2 1 0 5.0 5 1 1 0 1 3 1.20 3.00 5.40
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 1 5 0.167 4.98 15 15 0 65.0 68 38 36 7 23 51 1.40 2.22 7.06
   
     
    2019 Stats                                          
2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 21     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  2017 Gatorade Texas Player of the Year   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (April 30 - May 6, 2018)  
   

   
     
 
   
 
     
 
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