Alex Sniffen
Alex Sniffen
Alex Sniffen
Alex Sniffen
Alex Sniffen

CLASS OF 2019

3B
RHP

Alex
Sniffen

North Carolina Central
New Hanover (HS) • NC
6-4 • 220LBS • R/R
Travel Team: Rock Solid / Atlanta Blue Jays

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08.07.18
Physical presence at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds.  Good athlete with feel for his body, especially at his size.  Hits from the right side using a balanced, athletic setup.  Smooth load using a small leg kick and getting his lower half through the ball.  Fluid swing with good balance and looks to get extension.  Line drive, gap to gap approach, looking to drive the ball.  Strength over bat speed with his exit velocity peaking at 98 mph. Average hands on the infield, occasionally catching from the inside right hip.  Transfers to the midsection after catch with a short arm action, throwing from a high ¾ slot.  Accurate arm that peaked at 88 mph across the diamond.  Looks to drive the ball in game.  Swing got a little longer at times cutting off some of his strength in game action.  Recorded a 7.75 60-yard dash. 
Potential dual guy at the next level, the fastball ranged 83-87 on the mound.  Breaking ball has tight, hard, late 11/5 tilt at 70-74.  Potential out pitch as he continues to mature.  Change-up has fade but is the third pitch touching 78.  All three pitches work in the zone.  Working from the stretch only, uses an average leg kick working on-line and landing square.  Long arm swing to a high-3/4 release with good hand speed.  Level there is good rhythm in the delivery.
01.28.18
Massive physical presence in the lineup and on the bump.  Middle of the order power potential with an exit velocity of 93.  Some quickness present, running a 4.27 thirty and posting a 9’1” standing broad jump.  Balanced, loads back using a short stride.  Better than average bat speed.  Strength over quickness in the swing.  Loose hands work level, working for extension.  Lower half has some tightness causing the barrel to work around at times.  On the infield, the feet work well for a big man, playing through the ball with some rhythm.  Hands get stiff at times, but caught the ball consistently.  Transitions to a short arm action with carry and accuracy at 84 across the diamond. 
On the mound, works with down hill angle from an over-the-top release.  Fastball sat 81-84, playing straight out of the hand with a feel for the glove.  Level through the delivery, slightly closed at foot strike, the arm has some length, fighting for looseness to the release.  Breaking ball ranged 67-72.  Inconsistent tilt, hard out of the hand.  Change-up is straight, occasionally pushed, at 71-73. 
08.10.17
Big bodied athlete at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds towers over much of his competition.  Power potential is evident from the right side with an exit velocity of 94 mph and an extremely loud BP.  Wide stance, balanced in the box.  Loads back with a short stride to get to a quick bat.  Strength over bat speed right now but bat speed is present.  Wants extension, staying level through the ball and creating line drives to the pull side.  Miss hits that got into the air carried with ease making the park play small.  Average barrel awareness.  In game, shows a patient approach, getting deep into most counts.  On the infield, feet are nimble for the size, showing rhythm and clean exchanges.  Secures the ball into the mid-section after the catch.  Long arm stroke to an over-the-top slot created carry at 83 across the diamond.  Ran a 7.79 sixty but game speed plays slightly better.
Works from the stretch only on the mound, with a fastball ranging 81-84.  Attacks the zone, allowing a heavy fastball to jump on hitters.  Breaking ball is around the zone, but control should improve.  12/6 with late action at 68-72.  Change-up has hard run, out of the same window as fastball, at 75-78.  Average leg kick loads the backside.  Arm has above average quickness out of a high-3/4 slide.  Works level and on-line from a tall balance point.  Some effort in the delivery as he works to maximize stuff on each pitch.
07.25.17
Strength shows from the right side of the plate.  At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds the frame has maturity with strength throughout.  Balanced in the box the rhythm between the back side and hands does not always sync.  When it does the ball explodes off the bat, hitting one off the top of the scoreboard in BP at Boshamer Stadium.  Average bat speed, strength creates the exit velocity of 95 mph.  Works for extension, shows a pull side tendency in a level swing.  Swing may loosen some with age.  On the infield, fluid footwork, with rhythm in short spaces.  Plays high through the hips but funnels to the midsection to soften the hands.  Clean exchanges get to a long arm swing and an over-the-top slot, showing accuracy.  Average carry at 81 across the diamond.  

01.28.17


Physical with strength in a 6-foot-4, 218 pound frame.  Ball jumped off the barrel registering a 90mph exit speed.  Tall stance and athletic base.  Hands drop slightly as the stride gains ground with aggression.  Fast bat works with uphill leverage, wanting extension and working to the pull side.  Future power potential is evident.  Caught the ball on the infield, showing soft hands and rhythm in the feet.  Clean exchanges work to an over-the-top slot showing carry with average accuracy.  Arm speed topped at 81.  Ran a 4.44 thirty and recorded a 7-foot-6 broad jump.
On the bump, works with a long arm stroke  to an over-the-top slot, at times fighting the front side.  Fastball worked 81-82 but it was the offspeed that grabbed eyes.  Breaking ball is a hard downer, touching 71 with sharp action.  At times erratic, hand speed never wavered on the pitch.  A straight change flashed at 74-75, showing deception and a feel for the strike zone, with good hand speed.  
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