Scouting Alex Burgos

Alex Burgos/Photo courtesy of pointstreak.com

Left-handed pitcher Alex Burgos was selected by the Tigers in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB draft.  After struggling a year ago as a freshman, Burgos exploded onto the scene with a dominant season as State College of Florida Manatee-Sarasota’s ace pitcher.  Burgos posted a 1.42 ERA in 95.1 innings pitched this season, while recording 109 strikeouts and allowing only 29 walks.

State College of Florida head baseball coach Tim Hill said a big difference for Burgos this season has been improved focus and maturity.  Hill said Burgos improved his work ethic last summer while pitching for the Mankato MoonDogs in the Northwoods League.  The result has been a dominant season in which Burgos helped lead the Manatees to the 2010 JUCO World Series.

Hill said Burgos has a five-pitch arsenal.  He primarily relies on an 88-92 mph fastball, a slider and a cutter, while he shows a curveball and changeup.  Hill said he works both sides of the plate with excellent command and he is very poised on the mound.

Listed at 5-foot-11, Burgos is small for a pitcher, but he brings an excellent combination of command and pitchability to the table.  He has a commitment to attend Florida Southern College if he does not sign with the Tigers.  If he signs, he will probably be assigned to the Connecticut Tigers, where he figures to be an important part of the starting rotation.

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