Alex Binelas Portland Sea Dogs Third Base - First Base

       
 
Age: 22
Born: May 26, 2000
Birthplace: Oak Creek, WI
Height: 6-3
Weight: 225
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 3rd round, 2021 by MIL;
35th round, 2018 by WAS
How Acquired: Acquired from Milwaukee with Jackie Bradley and David Hamilton for Hunter Renfroe (Dec. 2021)
College: Louisville
High School: Oak Creek (WI)
   

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Alex Binelas photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: bin-ELL-iss
First Pro Contract: July 20, 2021 (MIL)
Signing Scout: Jeff Simpson (MIL)
Signing Bonus: $700,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2024
MLFA Eligible: November 2027
   
Pro Debut: August 3, 2021 (ACL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/23): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2023): MiLB contract
Twitter: @AlexBinelas13
Instagram: @alex_binelas

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Filled-out, sturdy frame. Strong. Minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts square with a slight toe tap timing device. Quiet swing mechanics. Swing is more strength-based. Swing can get long and has considerable swing-and-miss in his game. Will take a walk. Solid plate discipline. Misses a lot of pitches in the zone, especially elevated fastballs at 94+ mph. Development of his hit tool will be key in determining future success. Potential well below-average hit tool.

Power: Natural loft in swing. Can drive the ball with authority to all fields. Hits the ball very hard and produces impressive exit velocities. Plus-to-better raw power. In-game power potential is tied to hit tool development.

Run: Below-average speed. Athletic for his size, but takes some time to get going.

Field: Potential fringe-average defensive profile. Limited lateral mobility. Stiff in the field and hands are a little rough. Hands, footwork, glove, and overall actions are better suited for left field or possibly first base than third base.
  Arm: Average arm strength, enough for third base and would play at other positions to which he may move.

Career Notes:
Impressed as a freshman with Louisville, hitting 14 home runs in 2019. Broken hamate bone caused him to miss time in 2020. Once seen as a potential top-15 pick in the 2021 draft, early-season offensive struggles caused him to slide to the third round. Showed flashes of his offensive potential in first pro year in 2021. Acquired from Milwaukee with Jackie Bradley and David Hamilton for Hunter Renfroe in December 2021 on the eve of the lockout. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.

Summation: Potential organizational player. Ceiling of a reserve platoon bat. Will have to show enough with his hit tool and keep his strikeout rate in check in order to reach his potential. Has really struggled with the adjustment to high-minors pitching. Power will play, just the level to which it does depends on hit tool development.

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Notes from the Field (5.15.2022)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019 Louisville ACC NCAA --- 19 55 192 52 59 14 5 14 59 125 26 42 3 0 0.307 0.396 0.651 1.047
  2020 Louisville ACC NCAA --- 20 2 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0.143 0.143 0.143 0.286
  2021 Louisville ACC NCAA --- 21 50 195 43 50 10 2 19 63 121 21 51 4 1 0.256 0.344 0.621 0.965
  2021 ACL Brewers ACL Rk Mil 21 7 21 4 6 0 0 0 2 6 5 6 1 1 0.286 0.444 0.286 0.730
  2021 Carolina Mudcats LAE A Mil 21 29 118 29 37 11 0 9 27 75 12 33 0 0 0.314 0.379 0.636 1.015
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 22 58 216 41 53 10 1 14 43 107 38 69 8 0 0.245 0.355 0.495 0.851
  2022 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 22 55 211 30 35 10 1 11 35 80 25 78 0 0 0.166 0.257 0.379 0.637
  2023 Portland Sea Dogs East AA Bos 23     stats                            
   
     
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  Low-A East Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 6-12, 2021)   2022 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star  
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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