With the 61st pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, the Houston Astros selected right handed pitcher Alonzo Tredwell from UCLA.
Tredwell had a good career at UCLA. The right hander was the closer for the Bruins his freshman season and had a 2.11 ERA with 6 BB/62 K in 47 innings. This year, he started 9 games and had a 3.57 ERA with 51 K in 45.2 innings.
Tredwell was ranked #63 by MLB.com and they had this to say about him: “Tredwell was an exciting junior at Mater Dei High School in California in 2020 when he needed Tommy John surgery in January, forcing him out of action for that season and the summer showcase circuit. He went on to UCLA and took over the closer’s role for the Bruins as a freshman in ’22, finishing with a 2.11 ERA and .195 batting average against. A move into UCLA’s weekend rotation was slowed a bit this spring with a back issue, though his combination of size and feel for pitching were still on display. Though he’s 6-foot-8, Tredwell’s strike-throwing ability really stands out, as the freshman All-American walked just 1.1 per nine in 2022. He has plenty of stuff to fill up the zone with. While his fastball averaged around 91 mph last year, he was 92-94 for much of the fall, touching as high as 96; and it looked like those velocity gains were real when he was 100 percent this spring. He backs his heater up with an 80-mph slider that misses a ton of bats and could be a plus pitch in time, a slower average curve and a changeup that’s an above-average offering as well. Tredwell is a good athlete on the mound, which helps him repeat his smooth delivery well and fill up the zone with all four pitches. There could be more in the tank here and teams that like taking strike-throwing pitchers and work with them to improve velocity should have interest in the first couple of rounds.”
Tredwell adds to the talented pitching group the Astros have in their system. Congratulations to Alonzo for being drafted to the Houston Astros!