LOOK: Alabama’s Connor Prielipp Impresses in Bullpen Outing
Despite missing most of the 2021 season to injury and not participating with the program in 2022, Alabama's potential first-round pick in the upcoming MLB Draft, left-handed pitcher Connor Prielipp, threw a bullpen in front of scouts just before the SEC Tournament in Hoover, Alabama.
The video posted to social media by baseball outlet Perfect Game shows Prielipp getting in reps at local Hoover High School with Tide freshman catcher Hunter Sute.
While his fastball velocity isn't to where it was in the Fall of 2020 according to 2021 reports from D1 Baseball's Kendall Rogers, topping out around 95-96 mph then, it is certainly a positive sign to see him on the mound again following a Tommy John surgery in May of 2021.
The story of the relationship between Prielipp and the Crimson Tide program has been fairly unclear, however, following the 2021 season where the left-hander only appeared in three games.
Alabama coach Brad Bohannon announced Prielipp's final departure from the team in a postgame press conference following a Friday night loss to Georgia in April of 2022.
"Connor Prielipp has decided to opt out," Bohannon said, "He's just not gonna pitch for Alabama this year."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound lefty was once regarded as the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2022 draft and is currently ranked as the No. 24 prospect in the class according to MLB.com.
Drafted in the 37th round by the Boston Red Sox in 2019, Prielipp decided to work on his draft stock in Tuscaloosa coming out of Tomah, Wisconsin as the best left-handed pitcher in the state.
He appeared in seven games during his two seasons for the Crimson Tide (2020-2021), holding a starting record of 4-1 and an ERA of 0.96. Collecting 47 strikeouts in total, he allowed 13 hits and just three earned runs across his 28.0 innings in an Alabama uniform.
Prielipp had a perfect 3-0 start to his freshman year, the 2020 season that was cut short to just 17 games due to the COVID-19 pandemic.