- Full name Alex Kevin Hoppe
- Born 12/17/1998 in Davenport, IA
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School UNC Greensboro
Drafted in the 6th round (189th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2022 (signed for $32,250).
View Draft ReportA 23-year-old senior sign, Hoppe has spent time as a starter and reliever with UNC Greensboro, but this spring pitched exclusively out of the bullpen to great success. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righthander posted a 2.97 ERA over 66.2 innings, while striking out 84 and walking 30. He has a powerful fastball that averaged 95-96 mph this spring and touched 99 with close to 19 inches of induced vertical break. His go-to secondary is a low-to-mid-80s slider that generated whiffs at a 53% rate, per Synergy.
This spring would have been important for Hoppe, since the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander had less than 20 innings under his belt after his first two seasons with UNC-Greensboro. After throwing just 18.2 this spring, teams might have a tough time signing him in a five-round draft, but scouts do like the pure stuff he has in the tank. He throws a fastball in the 92-94 mph range and has shown the makings of a plus breaking ball as well. He has a poor track record of throwing strikes, however, and will be a full reliever profile at the next level because of that, but in the small sample he was offered this spring, Hoppe took strides forward with his control. After walking 21 batters in 15.2 innings in 2018 and 2019 combined, Hoppe walked just seven in his 18.2 innings this spring, while striking out 24 batters.