Name: Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco
Height/Weight: 6'6", 225 LBS
Ceiling: No. 2 Starter, Floor: Late-inning reliever
Alex Balog scouting reports are sparse. From what I've gathered, he's an inconsistent college pitcher, with the stuff to fly up draft boards with a good 2013 performance.
Balog started 12 games for San Francisco in 2012, finishing 4-4 with a 3.43 ERA. His 57-to-31 K:BB ratio in 78.2 innings is underwhelming, considering his electric trio of pitches. He is said to sit anywhere from 93-97 with his fastball, and possesses two "wipeout" pitches – a slider and changeup. Both have a chance to become plus pitches in the future. He also has good sink on his fastball and decent command, despite what his numbers suggest.
Scouts cited poor conditioning as the main culprit of his inconsistent 2012 performance, but apparently he's worked extremely hard this off-season to get his body in shape. If the "flashes of brilliance" he showed during the 2012 season occur on a regular basis, Balog could vault his way into the first round. Not to mention his drool-worthy frame.
Here's one of the rare videos I was able to find on his delivery:
Watching Balog perform in 2013 will be one of my favorite activities of the college season (along with sleeping with Carlos Rodon .gifs under my pillow). If you get a chance to watch Balog pitch this season, DO IT. As of today, he's probably more of a 3.1 candidate, than 2.1, but I expect him to be in the 2.1 conversation before the season ends. Below it the beginning of my 2013 MLB Draft Big Board, based on the three prospects I've researched thus far.
2013 Big Board (2/17/13)
- Alex Balog, RHP, San Francisco
- Rowdy Tellez, 1B, Elk Grove (Calif.) HS
- Cavan Biggio, 3B, St. Thomas HS, Houston