Alex Scherff   Pitcher

       
 
Born: February 5, 1998
Birthplace: Colleyville, TX
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 5th round, 2017 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: (Texas A&M commit)
High School: Colleyville Heritage (TX)

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First Pro Contract: June 13, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scout:  Brandon Agamennone
Signing Bonus: $700,000
   
Pro Debut: April 9, 2018 (Greenville)
MLB Debut: -
   
Twitter: @alexscherff23
Instagram: @scherff23


Traded to Minnesota (July 2021)
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Solidly built frame. Strong upper body. Minimal remaining physical projection. Not a standout athlete.

Mechanics: Throws from a high three-quarters arm slot. 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 stiff and arm-heavy. 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.

Fastball: 94-96 mph. Tops out at 99 mph. Will show life down in the zone. Struggles to locate arm-side. Velocity grades out higher than command projection. Control has improved as he moved up the ladder, but still needs to refine his command. 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 2018 it jumped back to 92-93, T95. Velocity jumped again upon moving to the bullpen. Potential plus offering.

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. Does not 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.

Career Notes: Had been committed to Texas A&M. Lost 40 pounds between his sophomore and junior seasons in high school. Played for three different high schools before transferring back to his freshman 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. Moved to the bullpen in 2021 to much-improved results.

Summation: Potential middle reliever. Ceiling of set-up reliever. Fastball is best pitch, but needs to improve command. Changeup is primary secondary pitch, but needs to show more consistency with it. Has really taken to the bullpen. Shows more potential there than in the rotation.

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 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 5 12 0.294 4.83 26 26 0 123.0 144 75 66 14 53 109 1.60 2.06 7.98
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 1 0 1.000 1.42 1 1 0 6.1 5 1 1 0 2 3 1.11 1.50 4.26
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 22 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 23 2 1 0.667 2.78 17 0 3 22.2 17 8 6 1 11 37 1.24 3.36 14.69
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 23 1 0 1.000 1.35 6 0 1 6.2 5 2 1 0 2 9 1.05 4.5 12.15
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  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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