So the local grapevine has been abuzz, as a kid on my son’s baseball team has been bruited about as an MLB prospect as a pitcher. Every game he pitched had ten guys with radar guns behind the backstop. It was pretty heady stuff, and the gossip about how high he would go, etc., was the principal topic of conversation around here.

So lo and behold, he drops to the 11th round where he is snagged by none other than America’s Team. So, Braves Journal readers, I give you Alec Grosser.

How fun is this? I’ve been watching this kid pitch since he was eleven. (He beat my Little League team in the championship, 7-1). He’s not only good friends with my son, but was his quarterback on the high school team as well.

Alec is probably 6-2, 185, with room to add some weight. He has always had a cannon for an arm, but suffered from wildness in the past. He also has some power at the plate: I saw him hit a HR that was easily over 400 feet. I didn’t think he was really headed for prospect status, but somehow he figured it out in the last year. He gained control over his FB, and added a very sneaky slider that he consistently threw for strikes. This is how The Washington Post wrote him up.

I won’t bother you with his HS stats: most HS stats are GIGO, anyway, due to good old home cooking. (For example, I was at a game at one of our archrivals. We had five hits after four innings, but the scoreboard maintained we only had two. There were also no errors given on the plays, so I suppose the batters got to first through time travel. In the last 2-3 seasons, I’ve seen three one-hitters become no-hitters through application of the Magic Eraser.) He got a full ride at George Mason after his junior year, but interest from major league teams continued to swell.

The stat that interested the Braves was 94, which is what he consistently throws. Standard wisdom is that 18-year-old pitchers add 2-3 mph on their pitches just by eating their Maypo and growing into their frame, so we could be talking 96-97 in a couple of years.

I’m really happy for Alec. For a young pitcher, you couldn’t ask to be in a better organization than Los Bravos. While it’s a long road to the majors, he’s got two things going for him: a great arm and a head screwed on very straight. He’s a super nice kid, and has handled the buzz and hubbub surrounding this whole deal with modesty and aplomb. I hope he signs with us — would love to see him with a Tomahawk on this chest in 5-6 years. Kris Medlen was a 10th rounder. You never know.

I’m not going to bother him now as he figures out what he is going to do. But if he signs, I will see if Junior will interview him for Bravesjournal.