LHP Alex Wells Is Dominating the South Atlantic League, Owns 24-inning Scoreless Streak

The Baltimore Orioles are not big International Market players when it comes to free agency, but one of the signings they did make was left-handed pitcher Alex Wells out of Australia a couple of years ago. Wells is turning out to be quite a pitcher thus far and is in the midst of a 24-inning scoreless streak for the Delmarva Shorebirds.

Wells with Aberdeen in 2016
Photo: Patrick Cavey

Wells, 20, was signed by the Orioles in August of 2015, and is in his second season in the organization.

After an impressive debut season in the organization with the Short-season A Aberdeen Ironbirds, Wells has pitched for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds this season. Despite never pitching for a full-season affiliate before, Wells is performing extremely well and has dominated the South Atlantic League recently.

In the first inning of his start against the Kannapolis Intimidators on June 30, Wells allowed three earned runs and it looked like it might be one of the rare times that he was not on his game. Wells proceeded to not allow a run over the next five frames to record a quality start and eventually the win.

He has made three starts since that game and has not allowed a single run in any of them. All told, Wells has not allowed a run over his last 24 innings pitched! Over that stretch, Wells has allowed 13 hits, no walks and has struck out 20.

I don't care what level you are pitching at, 24-straight scoreless innings is impressive, not to mention the fact that he hasn't walked a single batter over that stretch either!

Overall this season, Wells is 8-4 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and has struck out 79 over 102 innings pitched. Over his 18 starts, Wells has walked just 10!

Wells, who was a mid-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League, is currently in the top five in the SAL in both ERA and WHIP. In addition, Wells has posted five-straight quality starts and has posted a quality start in eight of his last nine outings.

He isn't going to light up a radar gun like a Tanner Scott, but Wells is making quite the argument to be considered one of the top pitching prospects in the Orioles' system, and if he continues to pitch this way, he may very well become the top prospect.


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