ALEX FUSELIER
CENTER FIELD
Born: September 13, 1989
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Drafted: 21st Round, 632nd Overall, 2011
College: University of Louisiana Lafayette
Agent:  N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Fuselier’s numbers in college weren’t as impressive as what you typically see, but his school seems to have played in a slightly low-offense environment.  He was the team’s second-best hitter in his junior year.  He saw a spike in his power in 2011, mostly from extra base hits, which is notable considering the new bats.  He also pitched some in college.  He’s a good all around athlete, with a good arm.  He signed shortly after the draft.

2011
A-:  213/314/257, 183 AB, 4 2B, 2 3B, 23 BB, 36 K, 9-17 SB

Fuselier struggled in his introduction at State College.  He had a good walk total, but hit for very little power.  He struggled equally against LHPs and RHPs.  He split his time mostly between left and right, with seven games in center.  He recorded five assists from right in just 23 games.

2012
A-:  228/297/248, 101 AB, 2 2B, 9 BB, 16 K, 4-6 SB
A:  211/375/368, 19 AB, 1 HR, 5 BB, 5 K, 1-2 SB 

Fuselier lost out on the outfield backup job at West Virginia to Junior Sosa and opened 2012 in extended spring training.  He returned to State College for most of the Spikes’ season, playing all three OF positions.  He moved up to West Virginia when Gregory Polanco was hurt.  He continued to struggle at the plate.

The Pirates have a lot of outfielders at the lower levels, so Fuselier may have trouble finding a job in the system.  If he does, it’ll be backing up in class A.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
BA
OBP
SLG
AB
2B
3B
HR
BB
K
SB
CS
2009 .245 .357 .350 143 4 4 1 17 26 5 1
2010 .295 .384 .419 210 15 1 3 26 46 20 1
2011 .308 .419 .467 182 11 3 4 29 27 14 4
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2013: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2011
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2014
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round, 632nd overall pick; signed on June 17.