The 2018 season was a strong one for Alex Powers. The right handed reliever spent his entire season with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos and he dominated the Southern League. Working primarily as the closer for Pensacola, Powers racked up 18 saves in 39 appearances. Over his 42.1 innings pitched he allowed just 30 hits – including 3 home runs, walked just 11 batters, and he struck out 55 while posting a 2.34 ERA.
His season was strong enough that he would get the nod as the runner up in the Reliever of the Year award after the season ended. Eligible for free agency, and the Rule 5 draft if he goes unprotected, the Reds decided to give him one last look and sent him to the Arizona Fall League. They can retain his rights if they add him to the 40-man roster. That would also keep him from the Rule 5 draft.
The numbers in the regular season were outstanding, for sure. And at least in the first week of the Arizona Fall League that performance has carried over. He’s now pitched in three games for the Scottsdale Scorpions. In that span he’s allowed just one hit, covering 4.1 innings. He has also walked a batter. Last night he threw 2.0 shutout frames with two strikeouts – giving him seven thus far.
Fall/Winter League Reds update
Alex Power is one of eight Cincinnati Reds prospects out in the Arizona Fall League. But a handful of other guys are already playing in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Mexico in their winter leagues, too. Here’s how those guys are doing thus far, with less than a week of play behind them: