Next on The Baltimore Battery Prospect Profiles Countdown is the 22-year-old Australian kid, left-handed pitcher Alex Wells. After signing with the Orioles via international free agency, Wells pitcher for Australia in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
Scouting grade: Fastball: 45 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 60 | Overall: 45
In Wells’ first two seasons, he was stellar, as he posted a 2.15 ERA in 2016 in Aberdeen, followed by a 2.38 the next year in Delmarva. Wells went 11-5 in 25 games during the 2017 season with Delmarva and struck out 113 batters. More impressively, Wells allowed just 10 walks and had a WHIP of under 1.00 at just 20 years old. Even better, Wells won the Jim Palmer Minore League Pitcher of the Year Award for 2017.
2018 was a rough patch for the Australian native as a member of the Frederick Keys. He held a career-high in ERA at 3.47. This was in large part due to walks increasing (33 in 2018 compared to 10 in 21017), along with a career-high in WHIP and home runs allowed.
Wells got it back together in 2019, lowering a lot of those slighted numbers from 2018. His walks decreased to 24 in 137.1 innings, which was two more innings than 2018. A much improved 2.95 ERA was fueled by allowing only 10 home runs and also reaching a career-best in home runs allowed per nine innings (0.7) and a strikeouts per nine innings of 6.9.
Wells will be a sight to see in Camden Yards in the near future. The big left-hander is something we haven’t seen in Baltimore in a while, besides our one season taste of John Means. With an above average changeup to play off his fastball, Wells has three good pitches to stump hitters, including his curveball.
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