Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas
Alex Binelas

CLASS OF 2018

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Alex
Binelas

Louisville
Oak Creek (HS) • WI
6-3 • 225LBS • L/R
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2018 DRAFT Washington Nationals ROUND 35
2021 DRAFT Milwaukee Brewers ROUND 3

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7/01/21

2021 MLB DraftBinelas was a freshman sensation for the Cardinals, hitting .291/.383/.612 with 14 home runs, but played in just two games in the shortened season and got off to a rough start in 2021. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound power hitter salvaged a solid year, finishing at .256/.348/.621 with 19 home runs, though he may now be on the outside of the first round looking in. He has a balanced set-up and looked to gain comfort in the box as the season wore on. With big strength in his wrists, forearm and core, Binelas can hit the ball hard and far. Defensively, he has plenty of arm strength for the hot corner, but is stiff and tentative with his actions and would be a better fit at first base.

3/15/21

Off to a .120 start coming into this series, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound power-hitting first baseman looked comfortable in the batter’s box against Boston College. He was balanced in his setup and looked to be seeing the ball well. However, the results were just two hits in ten at-bats with a pair of walks. On the bright side those two hits were a homer and a double and he finished the three-game series with five RBI. Binelas experienced similar early season struggles as a freshman in 2019 before finishing with a .291/.383/.612 slash. Against BC he had the look of a guy who is about to bust loose. With Superman-like strength in his wrists, forearms and core, Binelas can hit them hard and far. His long ball on Saturday was a line drive bolt that left the yard in a hurry. Defensively, he saw time at both first and third base. He looks limited positionally to first base, not because of arm strength, which he has plenty (near plus arm with four-seam, on-line carry across the infield), but because of stiff, tentative actions at the hot corner. It’s simply not a natural place for him. Moving across the diamond to first base will decrease his draft value, but ultimately his production at the plate will determine where he is selected. His upside is the bottom third of the first round, a similar spot for past ACC sluggers like Aaron Sabato (North Carolina), 27th overall in 2020, Michael Busch (North Carolina), 31st overall in 2019, Seth Beer (Clemson), 28th overall in 2018 and Will Craig (Wake Forest), 22nd overall in 2016.

8/15/20

One of the top prospects in the country for the 2021 draft, Binelas missed most of the 2020 spring season after undergoing hamate surgery on February 18. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound third baseman was about to return to the lineup when the season was cancelled. When healthy, Binelas boasts big tools, especially power. He blossomed as a true freshman in 2019 for the Cardinals slashing .291/.383/.612 with 14 home runs. There is some swing/miss to his game (27 walks vs 48 strikeouts in 206 at-bats) and he profiles as a power over hit type of offensive player at the pro level. Defensively, he is a work in progress at the hot corner and will need to work hard to stay there. He will show a plus arm with fair throwing accuracy. He runs with a power stride and moves well for his size. His power potential and offensive abilities would also profile him to either first base or right field in the future.

3/10/20: Ranked No. 7 in our 2021 draft-eligible class, Binelas is recovering from recent hamate surgery. He fielded ground balls during BP and took light swings over the weekend at Wake Forest. He is expected to return within two weeks, maybe earlier as defensive replacement similar to the comeback plan teammate Dunn is undergoing at this time. (Seifert)

2/14/20: One of the top prospects in the country for the 2021 draft, Binelas is currently out of the lineup after undergoing hamate surgery on February 18, but is likely to return this season.

7/1/19: Possessing big tools as a prep prospect, Binelas blossomed as a true freshman this spring for the Cardinal slashing .291/.383/.612 with 14 home runs. Defensively, he is a work in progress at the hot corner and will need to work hard to stay there. Showed a plus arm with fair throwing accuracy. His power potential and offensive abilities would also profile him to either 1B or RF in the future. Runs with a power stride and moves really well for his size. During the Trials, he played mostly defense and did not see much action at plate after experiencing some hand/wrist discomfort, affecting his swing. With continued improvement and performance, Binales is a potential Day One pick in 2021.

2/04/18

Louisville recruit. Physical 6-foot-2, 210-pound left-handed hitting corner infielder with broad shoulders and proportional strength. Turned in one of the most impressive offensive performances at the Super 60. Powerful strider, moves extraordinarily well for size/strength, running a 6.62 laser-timed 60. Extremely balanced and explosive offensive approach, generates plus bat speed with hands; quiet pre-pitch load, subtle hand load with minimal moving parts. Delivered two of the top BP rounds of the day, consistently impacting the baseball, working middle and to his pullside. Registered 104 exit velocity off the tee. FlightScope data during BP registered five hits 102 or greater, with peak velocity of 104.5 and average of 96.7 in two rounds. Max carry was 370.91 with a 25.7 degree launch angle. ... Defensively, shows arm strength from third base, registering 92 mph, long deliberate transfer. With his athleticism and offensive profile, may project as corner outfielder in future.

7/11/17

Louisville commit. Currently ranked No. 2 in the Wisconsin Class of 2018 and No. 53 in the PBR Overall Ranks. 6-foot-2, 210-pound left-handed hitting third baseman with a strong, mature frame. Profiles as a power hitting corner infielder. Moves extremely well for size, 6.76 60-yard dash. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short hand load to backside and heel lift stride. Short, level swing path generates easy bat speed. Line drive hitter, shows power to the pull side in BP. Showed strength thru contact with 96 mph exit velocity from a tee. Defensively has a short arm action from an over the top slot. Throws showed carry across the infield at 88 mph. Good body control on the run thru.

4/1/17 - A premium left-handed bat with pop, Binelas showed off his arm on the mound. Working one inning of relief, Binelas started out 84-85 mph from a short  over the top window, and gradually kept climbing to 86-88 to finish out the inning. Complimented his fastball with a 68-70 mph changeup.

2/26/17

Louisville commit. Currently ranked No. 2 in the WI Class of 2018. 6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed hitting third baseman. Physical advanced frame with plus strength. Was the events top performer in three categories,  vastly improved his 60 yard dash time running a 6.69, 103 mph exit velocity, and 89 mph arm across the infield. At the plate hits from a balanced setup with a short stride. Explosive lower half and bat speed. Pull, power hitter.  Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ slot. Accurate throws across the infield showing carry. Plays thru the ball with athletic actions and soft hands. Solidified himself as one of the top left-handed bats in the Midwest for the 2018 MLB Draft.

2/28/16


2/28/16 - pound left-handed hitting third baseman. Offensively hits from a tall setup with a short stride and good balance. Gap to gap power hitter with a short path and extension thru contact. Fluid rhythm with explosive batspeed. Showed strength thru contact with 96 mph exit velocity from a tee. Ran the 60 at 7.02. Defensively has a long arm action from a high ¾ arm slot. Throws showed carry across the infield, throwing 84 mph. Solid actions with average hands.

6/6/18 - Drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 35th Round.

5.9.15 - 6-foot-2, 185-pound highly athletic corner infielder. Strong, lanky, athletic build with some burst, 7.20 60 runner. Exhibits fluid, short arm action with some carry across the infield at 82 mph. Soft hands and feet, anticipates well, attacks the baseball when necessary. Clean exchange is fluid, doesn’t waste any movement. Shows comfort moving each direction laterally. Maintains athletic, ready position. Hits from a balanced athletic set up with advanced feel. Smooth, consistent load; keeps the head still throughout the swing. Strong hands with some high-end bat control for his age. 89 mph exit velocity.  Found the barrel regularly with a short path to the ball with a slight up-hill plane. Let the ball travel and seemed comfortable hitting to all fields for the time being. Gap-to-gap hitter who could develop into a power-pull type with age and overall physical maturity. High level prospect who projects as middle of the order power hitter. Committed to Louisville.

2/8/15 - Louisville commit. 6-foot-1, 175-pound third baseman, advanced frame, long limbed, wide shouldered, projects well. Offensively hits from a balanced stance, smooth loading action, short stride. Takes aggressive swings, advanced bat speed for age, 90 mph exit velocity from the tee. Athletic hitter, fluid path, pull side power approach. Defensively plays with a longer arm action, showed arm strength at 82 mph across the diamond. Hands worked, showed softness. Ran a 7.17 laser timed 60. High follow 2018 prospect, projects really well with the bat, possible middle of the order type bat at the next level that can defend a corner infield position.

12/5/14 - Verbally committed to Louisville as a freshman.

10/25/14 - 6-foot-1, 175-pound third baseman, advanced frame with projectability, athletic build, projects for additional strength. Offensively looks to be an early favorite for the top left handed bat in the 2018 class. Balanced stance, short stride, lower half works well, maintains strong balance, good presence in the box, hitterish. Gap to gap approach with power, explosive bat speed, hits with rhythm, excellent timing. 98 mph exit velocity from the tee. Defensively projects at a corner infield spot, third baseman, hands are soft, footwork is fluid and plays through the baseball, takes good routes/angles to the baseball. Arm action is loose, high ¾ slot, showed carry, arm plays at 76 mph across the diamond. 7.26 runner in the 60. High follow prospect in the 2018 class.

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