Photo: Doug GrayCincinnati Reds Top Prospects: Alex Powers Doug Gray October 9, 2019 15 Comments Following an outstanding 2018 season out of the bullpen, it seemed unlikely that Alex Powers would be able to best what he had just done. WRONG. The reliever, coming off of a 2.34 ERA in Double-A with Pensacola was, for some strange reason, sent back to Double-A and Chattanooga as the Cincinnati Reds switched affiliates. The season started for Alex Powers when he picked up a save in his first game on April 6th for the Lookouts. The next night, though, he allowed two earned runs in an inning of work. He wouldn’t allow that many runs combined over the next 19 games and nearly two months. From April 12th through May 29th he allowed one run in 23.2 innings while striking out 39 batters and earning a promotion to Triple-A near the end of May. On June 1st he’d give up two runs in an inning for Louisville. After the game he would hit the injured list and not pitch for six weeks. Once his oblique strain healed he returned to the mound on July 12th with a shutout inning against Toledo. In his next outing he faced Toledo again, and he gave up two runs in an inning of work – struggling on the day, giving up two hits, walking a batter, and he hit a batter. Those two runs he allowed on July 14th were the only runs he’d allow for more than a month. He threw 14.2 shutout innings with 14 strikeouts through August 21st. On the 22nd he’d allow a run in Columbus to break the streak. On September 2nd he allowed a run to Indianapolis to end the season. For all 2019 Season Reviews and Scouting Reports – click here (these will come out during the week throughout the offseason). Alex Powers Scouting Report Position: Right-handed pitcher | B/T: R/R Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 205 lbs | Drafted: 25th round (2013, White Sox) Born: February 26th, 1992 Fastball | The pitch works in the 90-93 range on most days. He will top out around 95 every so often. Change Up | It works in the 82-84 MPH range and has some sink/fade to it. Slider | His main secondary pitch, it works in the 78-80 MPH range. It has good sweeping action at times The raw stuff doesn’t exactly jump off of the page at you, but there’s movement and there’s deception that let’s it play up. He throws at a low 3/4 arm slot, almost side-armed. The arm angle gives the ball more running action and some additional sinking action. His offspeed stuff is solid, and the results have been outstanding. But there’s the lingering question of whether the deception is enough to get big leaguers out when the stuff doesn’t wow you. Alex Powers has had a high fly ball rate for his career, but it was even higher in 2019. Despite that, though, he didn’t give up home runs. Even in Triple-A where the baseball was flying to Mars almost every night, he allowed just one home run in 27.1 innings despite a ground ball rate of just 27.1%. Missing a lot of bats helps, but he also induces weak contact over and over. Interesting Stat on Alex Powers During his time in Chattanooga this season he stranded 98.6% of runners that reached base against him. This article was first sent out to those who support the site over on Patreon. Early access is one of the perks that you could get be joining up as a Patron and supporting the work done here at RedsMinorLeagues.com. Share this:FacebookTwitterRedditPocket 15 Responses mac624 October 9, 2019 I really hope this kid gets a chance. He won’t wow you but he’s efficient. Too often it seems the Reds want wow guys and miss on guys that can just get outs. Oldtimer October 9, 2019 2020 is now or never. He will be 28 yo rookie in ST. Hope he gets his chance. DanD October 9, 2019 off the subject. John Fay has a great article on the future of the Reds payroll at https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2019/10/08/cincinnati-reds-roster-what-numbers-say-mlb-offseason-moves/3908503002/. Here is the part that interested me “There are some solid free agents outfielders on the market: Marcell Ozuna (.243 average, 29 homers, 81 RBI, .804 OPS), Corey Dickerson (.309, 12, 59, .906, in 79 games), Nicholas Castellanos (.289, 27, 73, .862) and Starling Marte (.295, 23, 85, .845” Is it possible with the projected amount of 36 million to put Senzel at 2B, sign Marte to play CF and sign 1 of the remaining 3 to play LF. If so, would there be enough to sign maybe Will Smith from the Giants for another LH reliever? Colorado Red October 9, 2019 Starling Marte is not a FA, and Pittsburgh is going to want the farm for him. Also, sure Pittsburgh will want to trade him to the reds. Love to have him, but doubt it. DanD October 9, 2019 @Colorado Red I thought the Pirates had an option on Marte($11.5MM club option for 2020 with a $2MM buyout according to MLB trade rumors), I was only mentioning him because John Fay stated he was a FA. wes October 9, 2019 I have always been a peraza fan, but you have to let him walk before you pay him 5+ mil. So that would give them 41 million…. Golfed with a random card fan Monday that seemed like Cards are going to let Ozuna Walk due to OF depth and his production hasn’t been what they hoped. Pick up Ozuna and Moose to play second then have Aquino/Ervin split RF- that’s a line up with more power and reds would still have some payroll flexibility after that. Cguy October 9, 2019 Does Powers warrant a 40 man roster spot? If not, will he get drafted in the Rule 5 draft? Michael B. Green October 9, 2019 Can Powers become a minor league free agent if he is not added to the 40MR? I think his control clock is up. Doug Gray October 9, 2019 Yes, he’ll be a free agent if they don’t add him to the 40-man. One of the biggest reasons I did his report now – wanted to recognize his season’s accomplishments just in case he isn’t protected and does become a free agent. DaveCT October 9, 2019 Seems we’ve had our share of “pitchability” guys the last several years, trying hard to catch lightning in a bottle. Floro comes to mind. As a reliever it’s the predictably that is a challenge anyway, but guys with average stuff have a longer road, fair or unfair. Other teams make use of having a cluster of these guys at AAAA and use each when more effective. Bowman comes to mind for us. Clubs love their power arms in the pen these days, including us. Sims, Gausman, Stephenson, Garrett, Lorenzen, Romano, Reed. Perhaps he can be flipped for depth somewhere else? Doug Gray October 9, 2019 No one is giving you anything for him. Right or wrong, even if he’s added to the 40-man, until he goes to the Majors and starts getting guys out, his trade value is virtually non-existent. Plus, unless they add him to the 40-man, he should be a free agent when November rolls around. Oldtimer October 9, 2019 Gausman. Enquirer article (paraphrased) says: Arbitration eligible. It’s hard to see them bringing back Gausman, who made $9.35 million this year. Bump to $10 M to $12 M range in 2020. Lots of $ for spot starter/long reliever. MK October 9, 2019 As a 28 year old next Spring Training, isn’t he a little old to be considered a Top Prospect. As you explained last week players are not Top 10 League prospects due to age regardless of Stats. Doug Gray October 9, 2019 It’s just the name of the series. I look at this as a Top 100, but not Top 25 series. Oldtimer October 12, 2019 Reds bullpen 2019. 1st (best ERA) in NL in first 3 months of season. 3.73 ERA. 3rd-to-last (13th best) ERA in last 3 months of season. 4.85 ERA. ERA isn’t everything but the Reds bullpen struggled in July, August, and September. Reds had poor W-L record in 1-run and 2-run games. Powers might help in 2020.