By Jason Shetler
Baseball America came out with their 2016 draft class review, which contains category rankings of the best tool players. In the category of best defensive players, Pirates prospect Stephen Alemais was ranked #4 on that list.
The Pirates drafted Alemais out of Tulane University with their third round selection. He was considered the top college shortstop entering this year’s draft. Alemais started off his pro career with the West Virginia Black Bears and was then promoted to the West Virginia Power in August.
Combined with the two teams, Alemais was outstanding defensively, posting a .962 fielding percentage along with a 4.28 RF/9, which is Gold Glove caliber and turned 21 double plays in 50 games played. His offense is a work in progress, as he put up just a .592 OPS combined with both affiliates. Alemais is likely to begin next season for the Bradenton Marauders.