Reno, Nev. – Reno Aces fans were able to get a glimpse into the future with the late-season arrival of infielder Blaze Alexander. Arizona’s No. 14 top prospect by MLB Pipeline joined the Aces on September 20. His addition boosted Reno’s infield depth as the Aces claimed their second Pacific
Reno, Nev. – Reno Aces fans were able to get a glimpse into the future with the late-season arrival of infielder Blaze Alexander. Arizona’s No. 14 top prospect by MLB Pipeline joined the Aces on September 20. His addition boosted Reno’s infield depth as the Aces claimed their second Pacific Coast League championship in franchise history.
The 2022 campaign was a breakout season for the Cape Coral, FL native, as Alexander delivered his highest offensive slash line at .301 AVG/.389 OBP/.540 SLG since 2018, in addition to playing the most games in a season (98) in his career. He also tallied the most hits (106), home runs (20), RBI (59), and extra-base hits (41) in his championship-winning year.
The former 11th-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft also set career highs in hits (106), doubles (18), home runs (20), and RBI (54) combined at his three stops within the D-backs system this season.
He is primarily a middle infielder, with his strongest position being shortstop, but his impressive glove and plus arm also played second and third base this year. He notched a .956 fielding percentage while completing 52 double plays.
While his stint with Reno was brief, Alexander hit .259 with two home runs, a double, and four RBI. He supplanted himself in the Aces batting order as the starting shortstop in the PCL Championship Game and Triple-A National Championship Game.
Alexander has been an all-star selection in three of the last four seasons; 2018 Pioneer League, 2019 Midwest League Mid-Season, and 2022 Texas League Post-Season; he continues to showcase to the D-backs that he can ultimately become an everyday shortstop in the future. Until then, the Reno fans will likely enjoy more of his talents, at least for the beginning of the 2023 season, before he gets the call to the majors.
The Reno Aces are slated to open the 2023 season at Greater Nevada Field on Friday, March 31st, against the Las Vegas Aviators, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Season Memberships are available via RenoAces.com, texting “MEMBER” to 21003, or calling 775-334-7000.