So on the BART ride back home from the Futures Game today, I started a conversation with a woman when she asked me about the Futures Game and the article I was reading about it. The topic was makeup, how some players have it and some just don't. She mentioned her son pitches in Arizona, and how he's being scouted by many universities. She told me a teammate of his has a strong mindset and is unflappable on the mound, then when she saw I was wearing the good ol' orange and black, she said her son's teammate is named Timothy Alderson. So, I asked her about the guy, and here's a little summary of it:
-He does intend to sign with us. I remember someone mentioned in an earlier diary that his parents were more keen about him signing than he was, but it sounds like he's stoked to sign.
-His agent will most likely be Alan Nero.
-He is 6'7", but not the 210 lbs. he's listed at. He's between 230 and 240.
-His fastball sits between 91-95, consistently.
-His delivery is incredibly deceptive, and his curveball is very difficult to pick up, so he gets a lot of swing throughs.
-Very athletic; has hit balls over 400 ft. and plays a good 1B, so his hand-eye coordination is good.
-His brother is 6'10", and Tim is still growing. It wouldn't surprise her if he hits the 6'10" mark.
-Very low-key, well-grounded and a good kid. Responds well to pressure.
She had nothing but good things to say about him, it sounds like he's a great kid and he is a solid pitcher. Given his unorthidox delivery, deception and poise, it wouldn't surprise me if we converted him to closer (seeing as how he throws exclusively out of the stretch to begin with).
I hope that excites some of you, it definitely got me going!