The University of San Francisco has produced a few quality pitching prospects in recent years and Alex Balog could join Aaron Poreda and Kyle Zimmer as first-round MLB Draft picks.
At 6'6 and 225 pounds, Balog has the size scouts look for in a MLB starting pitcher. He has some quality stuff to go along with it, including a fastball which is often clocked in the mid-90s. While his fastball may be his best offering, Balog also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.
Balog started 13 games during the regular season, finishing with a 3-3 record and 3.69 ERA. He struck out 63 batters in 85-1/3 innings pitched. Opponents hit .278 off of Balog this season, while also drawing 30 walks.
|Pos||High School / College||Consensus Rank|
|RHP||San Francisco (junior)||1st round (Orioles)|
|B/T||Birthdate (age)||Height / Weight|
|R/R||7/16/1992||6'6" / 225|
What they're saying
- MLB.com: "USF's Saturday starter has the chance to have three Major League average or better pitches, with a fastball that touches 93 mph with some sink, a sharp slider that has good bite when he stays on top of it and a deceptive changeup with fade and sink."
- Prospect Digest: "Balog has the size scouts crave - 6-6 and 225 pounds - but the production has failed to impress. And statistically speaking, there's really no reason to believe that he will be anything more than organizational depth right now."