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2/2/14 - t’s hard to miss Dalesandro as he showed the ability to play multiple positions and on both sides of the ball. The first thing that jumps out is his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame. It’s long and lean now with plenty of room for added strength as he matures physically. He ran a 6.82-second 60 before showing obvious arm strength, throwing 93 from the outfield. That tool will only play up as he adds polish and works on getting rid of the ball more quickly. However, outfield is likely a backup option for him for now. Dalesandro jumped behind the plate next, using his arm strength and a quick exchange to record pop times in the 1.9-2.0 range. During batting practice, Dalesandro showed a good swing from an athletic stance with some bat speed and no stride. He’ll grow into more power as he fills out. On the mound, Dalesandro sat 85-86, touching 87, while flashing three secondary pitches. His curveball sat at 72-73 with occasional bite. His changeup was 77-79 with sink and run and his slider sat 75-77. He pitches from a three-quarter arm slot with some effort in his delivery. Dalesandro is verbally committed to Purdue.
6/8/13 - Purdue commit. Ranked No. 4 in Illinois, No. 14 overall. Long lean frame shows good projectability. Delivery is uptempo with good rhythm, direction and repeatability has improved since last seeing him. Advanced arm speed, works from several arm slots between high 3/4 and side arm, arm works extremely quick and athletic. Fastball sat between 86-89 mph all game, touched 90 mph several times throughout, touching 91 mph in the fifth, mostly straight, showing good acceleration out of his hand. Flashed a fastball from a side arm slot at 85-86 displaying slight arm side run with mostly sink, showed the ability to throw it under the hands of a right-handed hitter. Slider mostly works from a 3/4 arm slot, shows sweeping action varying between 69-73 mph while touching 75 mph. Slider action is mostly lateral, lacking depth, thrown with near fastball arm speed. Dalesandro clearly has the most electric arm in the Class of 2015, it works athletically from multiple angles with good repeatability. As he improves his slider and works to stay behind it more, Dalesandro's upside is through the roof. Dalesandro also shows a rare level of competitiveness, striking out the side in his final inning which should bode well for his progression in the coming years.
Dalesandro, too, is a high-level eighth-grade prospect, certainly one who should develop into one of the most coveted players in the Midwest. On the mound, the 6-foot, 150-pound right-hander was especially impressive. He has a quick, whippy arm action, as he topped out at 82 mph from a ï¿½ arm slot. Dalesandro also flashed a tight, late-breaking slider with 10/6 break which should be a plus pitch in the future. Dalesandro will be one of the top two-way prospects for years to come, as he was also stellar behind the plate. He has tremendously quick feet and a strong arm, as he registered a top pop time of 2.1. Offensively, Dalesandro will also be force to be reckoned with. He showed plus-plus bat speed and an aggressive lower half. The ball really jumps off his bat and continues with backspin carry. If thereï¿½s a better eighth-grader in the country, weï¿½d like to see him. The athletic 5-foot-11, 140-pounder showed to be a talent well beyond his age. To be clear, Dalesandro didnï¿½t earn top prospect honors based on his immense projectability. Defensively, Dalesandro showcased remarkably quick feet and impressive arm strength, evidenced by his top pop time of 1.98. Offensively, the right-handed hitter displayed electric bat speed and a quick, explosive swing, which produced power well beyond his skinny frame. On the mound, Dalesandro continued to impress with a fastball that topped at 83 with arm side run, and a 66-68 mph slider. Dalesandro also ran a 7.3 60. No doubt you will be hearing about Dalesandro for many years to come.