Draft | Prospect Scouting Reports | 4/29/2016

2016 MLB Draft Pack: April 29

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Previous MLB Draft Packs:

March 18Josh Lowe, Matt Manning, A.J. Puk, Nick Senzel, Mike Shawaryn, Alex Speas, Bryan Reynolds, Blake Rutherford, Taylor Trammell, Robert Tyler.
March 25: Braxton Garrett, Dakota Hudson, Connor Jones, Reggie Lawson, Kyle Lewis, Drew Mendoza, Mickey Moniak, Corey Ray, Buddy Reed, Forrest Whitley
April 1: Bryson Brigman, Zack Collins, Carlos Cortes, Jason Groome, Daulton Jefferies, Chris Okey, Delvin Perez, Nicholas Quintana, Cole Ragans, Logan Shore

April 8: Will Benson, Austin Bergner, Zack Burdi, Luis Curbelo, Zac Gallen, Anfernee Grier, Zach Jackson, Nolan Jones, Riley Pint, Matt Thaiss
April 15: Nick Banks, Ryan Boldt, Ben Bowden, Kevin Gowdy, Cooper Johnson, Charles King, Eric Lauer, Joe Rizzo, Walker Robbins, Jordan Sheffield
April 22: Ian Anderson, Bo Bichette, Justin Dunn, Lucas Erceg, David Hamilton, Alec Hansen, Cole Irvin, Alexis Torres, Ryan Zeferjahn, T.J. Zeuch

Prospects covered this week: Peter Alonso, Bailey Clark, Zach Hess, Anthony Kay, Carter Kieboom, Matt Krook, Ben Rortvedt, Cody Sedlock, Cole Stobbe, Avery Tuck

Peter Alonso – 1B

Height/Weight: 6-2/225
Bats/Throws: R/R
Birthdate: Dec. 7, 1994 
College: Florida
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Projected Draft Round: 3-4

Although he didn’t enter the 2016 season with anywhere near the kind of buzz as fellow Gators A.J. Puk, Buddy Reed and Logan Shore, junior first baseman Peter Alonso may have done the most out of any draft-eligible player on the Florida roster to help their respective draft stock this spring. This is not meant to knock the other three, especially the ultra-consistent Logan Shore and the uber-talented A.J. Puk (who could still potentially go first overall). Peter Alonso has just been that good this season, and he’s firmly put himself into contention for the early rounds of this year’s draft.

While he was certainly on the radar for area scouts coming out of Plant High School in Tampa, Alonso’s development at the University of Florida has been commendable and he’s been a big contributor for the Gators since arriving in Gainesville as a true freshman. He earned second team Freshman All-American accolades from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after posting a .264/.344/.376 triple-slash line. He enjoyed a tremendous summer in the Northwoods League, but was forced to sit out the first 30 games of the spring last year thanks to an untimely broken foot just days before the season got underway. However, upon returning, Alonso was a force in the middle of the powerful Gator lineup and he showed consistent improvements in all areas of his game, taking solid steps forwards on the offensive side as he finished the season hitting .301/.398/.503. In addition, he hit a memorable home run to the deepest part of TD Ameritrade in the College World Series.

The late power surge was a sign of things to come, as Alonso has consistently crushed mistakes this spring and already has posted a career best in homers (9), doubles (11), and slugging percentage (.600) while being pitched to more carefully by the opposition. Alonso has gotten much stronger since arriving to Gainesville, and as he’s begun to tap into his raw strength and power on a regular basis he’s see his draft stock rise. He’s also likely to entice teams because of an overall mature, disciplined approach at the plate. He’s made numerous mechanical adjustments during his time at Gainesville, but they’ve seemed to be for the better as he’s now generating more bat speed than ever before and he’s simultaneously bolstered his walk rate and cut into his strikeout rate this season.

His outstanding offensive performance this spring has been important as there will be plenty of pressure on his bat because he profiles down on the defensive spectrum. He’s played some third base in the past, but has spent much of his career at first base. He’s a solid athlete and has been very good defensively there, but there is some thought that he could provide some versatility by sliding into a corner outfield position. He does have solid arm strength and people rave about his work ethic and makeup, so there is a chance that he could take to that potential positional shift upon reaching professional ball.

The profile is a tough one, as righthanded hitting college first baseman don’t often get selected early in the draft, but Alonso has steadily improved over the last three seasons and he presents teams with a relatively “safe” and advanced college bat with on-base skills and burgeoning power. 

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