By Contributing Writer: Nick Stevens
Delmarva Shorebirds’ Manager Ryan Minor used the term “raw talent” to describe his young Delmarva roster for the 2017 season. Other than Irving Ortega, the rest of the regular starters for the Shorebirds were not with the team last season. Despite the young and inexperienced roster for Minor, the Shorebirds are off to an 11-11 start to the season and are only starting to heat up. Over the last few weeks, we at Baby Birdland have highlighted a number of Shorebirds who have exceeded expectations this season as they turn that raw talent into league- leading performances. It’s time to add another name to that list, LHP Alex Wells.
Photo: Patrick Cavey
In my opinion, Alex Wells is the best pitcher on the Delmarva staff this season (which includes Matthias Dietz, Lucas Humpal and Zach Muckenhirn). Wells has toed the rubber four times this season for the Shorebirds with his last start being his best. Last year’s Aberdeen Ironbirds MVP made his first start for the Shorebirds on April 10th against the Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins affiliate). Wells earned the loss in the final decision after giving up two earned runs in five innings of work. Since that start, Wells has yet to give up an earned run.
First pitch for Wednesday’s first game between the Delmarva Shorebirds and the Lakewood BlueClaws was at 10:35 am, but Alex Wells is a more of a morning person than myself. Wells went six innings, gave up just two hits, allowed one unearned, walked none and struck out six BlueClaw hitters (He struck out the side in 1st inning). Alex earned his second victory of the season, giving him a 2-1 record on the year, while lowering his ERA to 1.00.
In 18 innings of work, Wells has walked only 2 batters while striking out 15. The left-handed pitcher has also completely dominated right-handed batters. Righties are currently hitting under .200 against Wells.
The scouting report on Alex Wells shows a three-pitch mix; fastball, changeup, and curveball. Improving his curveball has allowed Wells to take the next step in his development by inducing more ground ball outs and a higher strikeout rate compared to last season. Don’t be surprised if Wells earns a call-up to the Frederick Keys later in the season, if his outings stay consistent.
If you can’t make it out to watch Wells in his next outing, it appears fans will be able to watch on the MiLB.tv app. His next matchup looks to be against the Columbia Fireflies (Mets affiliate) where Wells will battle Tim Tebow at Sprint Communications Park in Greenville, South Carolina.
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