Top 50 Prospect Profile: Alexander Cremidan

Top 50 Prospect Profile: Alexander Cremidan

<p>The new year is here, and the <b>FutureBacks.com Top 50</b> debuts tomorrow.&nbsp; The Top 50 will feature profiles, commentary, and analysis from the FutureBacks.com staff, Diamondbacks coaches and officials, as well as Scout.com experts.&nbsp; Here a look at yet another Olympian pitcher, <b>Alexander Cremidan</b>.</p>

Vital Statistics:

Name Alexander Cremidan
Position Pitcher
Age 23
Height 6'3"
Weight 210
Bats Left
Throws Right
'04 Club Low-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League)

Past and Future:  The Diamondbacks have taken a slightly different tack than most teams in that they actively draft pitchers as closers, and then develop them as closers in the minor leagues.  Cremidan follows that mold.  Though a starter at the University of California San Diego Cremidan was immediately moved into the closers role at Missoula of the Rookie Pioneer League.  He posted 15 saves in first season, easily leading the club, and was moved straight to Lo-A South Bend in his second season.  Though he made one start for the Silverhawks he was entrenched in the bullpen, finishing 11 of the 32 games he pitched in.  Cremidan's biggest obstacle has been his own body.  He been plagued by injures since his time at UCSD.

Low-A South Bend Silverhawks (Midwest League) W-L Saves K/BB IP Ground Ball/ Fly Ball Outs
Alex Cremidan 1-2 7 45/14 41.1 40/40

Pitches:  Cremidan's fastball is low 90s with a lot of movement, unfortunately he has trouble keeping the ball down, resulting in a 1:1 fly ball to ground ball ratio.  His change up is inconsistent, but the Diamondbacks like the movement and arm speed, if he can stay healthy they think that can develop into his out pitch.

"He stuff might be better suited to middle relief," FutureBacks.com's David Merchant says, "but he's got a closer mentality, a real mean streak on the mound.  Even though he's on 6'3" he seems bigger on the mound, a real intimidator."

ETA:  Cremidan could move quickly...if he could stay healthy.  The Diamondbacks encouraged him to go to Athens for the Olympics, looking to see if he would hold up in high pressure situations.  Though Cremidan didn't pitch often, he was effective.  With good health he'll become a solid middle relief option in '08, or good trade bait by late '06.

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