Sunday, July 10, 2016

Welcome to the Blue, Alec Grosser!

Remember that trade a few days back that netted us starting pitcher Bud Norris, outfielder Dian Toscano and some cash?  Well, there was an additional player in that deal that was to come to the Dodgers, but had yet to be named.  A veritable "player to be named later," eh!  Well, that player has now been named.  Coming from the Braves to the Dodgers will be right-handed pitching prospect Alec Grosser.  Per a Dodgers press release:
In addition, to complete the June 30 trade with the Atlanta Braves, the Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Alec Grosser as the player to be named later.

Grosser, 21, appeared in three games for Rookie-level Danville this year and the Alexandria, Virginia, native was selected by the Braves in the 11th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
You can follow Alex on twitter here: @alec_del.

Ranked the no. 16 prospect in the Braves system in 2014 by Baseball America, he has appeared in three games this season for the Rookie-level Danville Braves.  In 3.1 innings pitched he has given up seven earned runs, six walks and two strike outs.  Last season in Single-A he went 4-6 in 26 appearances (15 as a starter), striking out 46, walking 64 and recording a 7.32 ERA in 82.1 innings pitched. Clearly, he is a work in progress.

In 2014 Ian.Morris at Talking Chop wrote this about him:
To sum things up, with the obvious caveat that Grosser is only 19 years old and quite a ways away from the bigs, I believe that Grosser's potential plus fastball and slider create a solid base for a pitcher who could become a mid-rotation starter with development, especially of his changeup. Grosser's projectability and athleticism make me confident that he will make significant strides in the coming years. Reports on Grosser's makeup are also promising, with a scout remarking that he carries himself well and is a hard-working and mature player. Grosser hasn't been pitching and playing baseball as much as most pitchers in the minors, who concentrate themselves on the sport and put mileage on their arms playing the game year-round, so this should also be a positive for him as he has a fresh arm and has more opportunity to fine-tune his pitching skills as he works at it full-time.
In celebration of him going to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy Baseball card of him.  I used a photo grabbed from Bill Setliff/Danville Braves at MiLB and the 1978 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

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