Ht: 6'0" Wt: 185
Acquired: Drafted 3rd round - (86th overall) out of Ball State University in 2016
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #15 - 2016 Midseason
- #12 - 2017 Preseason
- #30- 2017 Midseason
- #27 - 2018 Preseason
- Nick Hostetler Interview (Notes on Call), July 2015
- Interview with Call, August 2016
- Feature piece on Call, including quotes, December 2017
- In-person report, April 2018, with video
- All FutureSox articles tagged Alex Call
Alex Call was selected in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft in what was initially regarded as somewhat of a reach. Despite being pegged as an under-slot candidate, Call signed for a slot value $719,100 deal. Call hit from day one at Ball State, where he slashed .354/.437/.442 as a freshman and .339/.392/.465 his sophomore year. His power emerged as a Junior when he went yard 13 times and posted a .358/.443/.667 line with a 1.110 OPS that stood as out as one of the better marks at the entire Division I collegiate level. And that didn't let up once he hit pro ball. An .883 OPS in which the power and speed played at Great Falls led to a promotion to Low-A Kannapolis, where he posted an identical .308 average. Unfortunately for Call, most of his 2017 season was derailed by an intercostal rib muscle injury that caused him to miss roughly half the season. After starting the season at Winston-Salem, he ended at Kannapolis trying to get his rhythm back. You can read more about his tough road in 2017 here. Here in 2018 with Winston-Salem, Call started the year with a few bumps at the plate, but then went on a tear and finished there with a .788 OPS (.826 if you exclude the first 10 games) before being promoted to AA Birmingham in June. In AA so far he has hit quite well (.848 OPS in his first 30 games).
Call's advanced plate approach is fueled by his excellent batting eye, consistently walking north of 10% as a pro and making contact at a high rate. Call has a smooth stroke that's conducive to contact, though not so much geared for power. He's shown a propensity to spray the ball to all fields. It's not out of the question that Call could add a little mass to his frame and convert some of his doubles into home runs by maturity. Speaking of maturity, Call is said to have "off-the-charts make up" which was the phrase dropped by Director of Amateur Scouting Nick Hostetler. In addition to the upside that could come with an increased power profile, Call has a steady floor. The lack of swing-and-miss in his game lowers his risk profile, and he adds other hedging attributes like plus defense on the corners (arm would play as average there) and enough speed to ensure he'll have a least some in-game value. Center field is an open question and perhaps a stretch, though not out of the question as a future home or more likely, as an occasional post. Speed grades out at average or a tick below. 2018 has been a key test to see if he's back in fighting shape, and so far it certainly appears that way, now playing younger than league average at 23 years old.
Major League Outlook: Starting corner OF ceiling, 4th OF likely
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