Adam John Alexy (born April 21, 1998) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut in 2021.

A. J. Alexy
Texas Rangers – No. 62
Pitcher
Born: (1998-04-21) April 21, 1998 (age 23)
Honey Brook, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 30, 2021, for the Texas Rangers
MLB statistics
(through 2021 season)
Win–loss record3–1
Earned run average4.70
Strikeouts17
Teams

Amateur careerEdit

Alexy attended Twin Valley High School in Elverson, Pennsylvania.[1] He committed to play college baseball at Radford University.[2] During his senior season at Twin Valley, Alexy went 9 innings in which he threw 164 pitches, leading his team to a 2–1 win.[3] Alexy was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 MLB draft,[2] and signed with them for a $600,000 signing bonus,[4] forgoing his commitment to Radford.

Professional careerEdit

After signing, Alexy was assigned to the Arizona League Dodgers to make his professional debut; in 13+23 innings pitched for them, he posted a 1–0 record and a 4.61 ERA. He began the 2017 season with the Great Lakes Loons.[5]

On July 31, 2017, the Dodgers traded Alexy, along with Willie Calhoun and Brendon Davis, to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Yu Darvish.[6][7] The Rangers assigned him to the Hickory Crawdads, where he finished the season. In 19 starts for Great Lakes he was 2–6 with a 3.97 ERA, striking out 86 in 73+23 innings, and in five starts for Hickory he was 1–1 with a 3.05 ERA.[8][9] He spent 2018 with Hickory, going 6–8 with a 3.58 ERA and 138 strikeouts over 108 innings.[10][9] Alexy was assigned to the Down East Wood Ducks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League for the 2019 season,[11] going 0–3 with a 5.12 ERA in 19+13 innings. He suffered a strained lat muscle during a game on May 1 and received a PRP injection as part of his rehab process.[12] Alexy missed the rest of the 2019 season due to the lat injury.[13] Following the 2019 season, Alexy played for the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League.[14] Alexy did not play in a game in 2020 due to the cancellation of the Minor League Baseball season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On November 20, 2020, Alexy was added to the Rangers 40-man roster.[15] Alexy opened the 2021 season with the Frisco RoughRiders of the Double-A Central league.[16] After going 3–1 with a 1.61 ERA and 57 strikeouts over 50+13 innings for Frisco, he was promoted to the Round Rock Express of the Triple-A West on August 3.[17][18]

On August 30, Alexy was promoted to the active roster to make his MLB debut that night versus the Colorado Rockies.[19] In his debut, he recorded the win while throwing five scoreless innings with four strikeouts.[20][21] Over five games for Texas in 2021, Alexy posted a 3–1 record with a 4.70 ERA and 17 strikeouts over 23 innings.[22]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rich Scarcella (April 4, 2017). "Twin Valley coach still haunted by not pulling his pitcher". Reading Eagle. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Ken Gurnick (June 11, 2016). "LA drafts Alexy, known for 164-pitch start". MLB.com. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Cam Smith (May 9, 2016). "Pa. pitcher hurls 164 pitches in nine-inning win". USA Today. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  4. ^ Staff Report (June 25, 2016). "A.J. Alexy, Dodgers reach deal for $600,000". Reading Eagle. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  5. ^ Hugh Bernreuter (April 26, 2017). "Dodgers prospect A.J. Alexy continues Loons shutout string". MLive.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  6. ^ Ken Gurnick (July 31, 2017). "Dodgers get Yu, relief, dazzle at Deadline". MLB.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  7. ^ Joseph Zucker (July 31, 2017). "Yu Darvish Traded to Dodgers from Rangers for Willie Calhoun, A.J. Alexy, More". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  8. ^ Darryl Grumling (September 8, 2017). "Swarmer, Alexy enjoy second seasons in pro baseball". The Berks-Mont News. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "A.J. Alexy Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Rob Terranova (June 8, 2018). "Crawdads' Alexy holds Intimidators hitless". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
  11. ^ Matt Present (March 27, 2019). "Wood Ducks Announce 2019 Roster". MiLB.com. Retrieved March 27, 2019.
  12. ^ Evan Grant (May 9, 2019). "Rough season for Rangers' minor leagues continues as SS Chris Seise, RHP A.J. Alexy suffer significant injuries". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved May 9, 2019.
  13. ^ Evan Grant (September 7, 2019). "Why haven't the Rangers developed more starting pitching? It's complicated". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
  14. ^ Keith Law (October 14, 2019). "Scouting top prospects in the AFL and instructional league". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rangers select contracts of RHPs A.J. Alexy and Yerry Rodriguez, C David Garcia to Major League roster". MLB.com. November 20, 2020. Retrieved December 17, 2020.
  16. ^ Kennedi Landry (April 30, 2021). "Where will Rangers' top prospects begin '21?". MLB.com. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  17. ^ "Trio of Top Texas Rangers Prospects Join Round Rock Express". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 6, 2021.
  18. ^ Lyttle, Kevin (August 18, 2021). "Round Rock's A.J. Alexy enjoying breakout minor league season for Rangers organization". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved August 29, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ Scarcella, Rich (August 29, 2021). "Twin Valley product A.J. Alexy set to make MLB debut for Texas". Reading Eagle. Retrieved August 29, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Wilson, Jeff (August 30, 2021). "Excellent Alexy! Another Rangers rookie dazzled on the mound as Texas defeated Rockies". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved August 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Weaver, Levi (August 30, 2021). "A.J. Alexy's stellar debut is the latest sign of life in the Rangers' rebuild". The Athletic. Retrieved August 31, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  22. ^ Weaver, Levi (October 4, 2021). "Grading the 2021 Texas Rangers: Pitchers edition". The Athletic. Retrieved October 5, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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