Name: Alex Verdugo | Position: LHP/RF | Video: Yes
School: Sahuaro High School | Location: Tucson, Arizona
Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 195
Games Seen: Area Code Games | Date(s): 8/5 – 8/11
Top Class: ML | Risk: High
No one may have more options than Alex Verdugo. He could be drafted as either a right fielder or a left-handed starter, then have a backup plan in case it doesn’t work out. Then there’s the option of going to Arizona State and putting up obscene numbers as a two-way player.
After watching Alex Verdugo for a week, I’m not sure what the Arizona State commit can’t do as a player on the diamond. He did everything you could imagine except play catcher, and did it all at an exceptional level.
He made two pitching appearances on the week at Long Beach, and I was able to catch both of them. He showed three pitches — fastball, curveball and changeup — with command. The fastball sat 90-92 MPH, while topping out at 94 MPH. The mid-70s curveball (75-77 MPH) featured tight rotation. There’s some deception in the delivery. Verdugo has an advanced feel for pitching and the athleticism is evident.
As a positional player, Verdugo profiles well as a right fielder. He has strong forearms that function well together at the plate. In one of the games, he ranged towards the foul line and made a diving grab while using his plus arm strength to gun down a runner at the plate. He’s an average runner.
To me, the most intriguing question about Alex Verdugo is what he will be drafted as once it’s draft time. He’s a first-round talent, but could be drafted as either a positional player or pitcher. Regardless, there’s a good backup plan if whichever path he goes with doesn’t work.