I've been the high guy on Alex Lange and think alot of why can be glimpsed here:
- Ideal pitching prospect's frame - lean but not skinny, long arms and legs, projectable
- Delivery is athletic with a strong front side, no head whack that suggests a strong core and legs, repeats everything well, doesn't seem to be any outright noticeable wasted movements
- He is strong but he can get stronger, could/should end up 6'3"/6'4" ~225 and I wouldn't be stunned if there's an uptick in velocity as a pro with it like a young hitter who grows into his frame and finds some power
- The first batter shown is in a 1 out, bases loaded, and one run situation. He gets strike one with the curve and then throws two unhittable ones
- Pitch 98 is 92, pitch 122 is 93 for a swinging strike
- He can do whatever he wants with that curveball (command)
- Fastball command needs work but that's what a PD program is here for. If he's a rear back and throw to a zone guy like Alzolay then I lean reliever or BOR starter, but I see the potential to spot
- I can't not note the intensity and ability to get results in high pressure situatuons there, he's got the head to be a big game or big moment guy
Before that big Oregon State game last year the only clip I could find of Lange was this:
and just look at how different the body and delivery are as a freshman. He leaned out and dropped some of that baby fat, picked up the tempo of his delivery a little without hurting himself or really his results so much. Earlier in the thread I posted or at least noted that just between his sophomore and draft seasons he boiled his delivery down a little more. This is a guy who has been doing that growing and developing anyone should want to see as he moves from teenager to his 20s, and all without hurting himself (though that's always possible).
Pitchers that come to mind for me are David Robertson, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Jake DeGrom with some meat on his bones...That's a pretty wide range of outcomes but not a bad place to be entering pro ball, basically means I think he can be an impactful pitcher if he survives.