Sophomore Alec Byous has seen enough of the Arkansas State baseball program that he needs to see no more.
So on his second visit to A-State, the young right-handed pitcher made a pledge to the Red Wolves, their second commitment in two weeks and the first for the Class of 18.
“It was awesome,’’ said Byous, who attends Lafayette High School in the St. Louis area. “We had a big time. This was my second trip there and I saw that Arkansas State had everything that I needed.”
He is the second pitcher from the St. Louis area to commit to the Red Wolves in recent weeks. Noah Stone of Lutheran South committed last month.
“I met him, not in person, but we talked on the phone, this past week,’’ said Byous, who was recently named Rawlings All-American by Perfect Game. “He lives about 30 minutes away.”
Helping spark Byous’ interest in the Red Wolves was former A-State pitcher Matt Whiteside, who runs the St. Louis Gamers program.
“He’s been kinda of like a second dad to me,’ he said. “In a way I wanted to give back to him. He has really helped me a lot. I’ve been with the Gamers since I was 13.
A newcomer to the mound, he has just been pitching for two years.
“I caught all my life and to be honest was getting bored with it some,’’ he said. “But I had grown some and an increase in velocity was noticed so it was suggested I try pitching.”
He also plays first base for his high school team and has played third base in summer ball.
Byous said Missouri and Creighton has been in contact with him but he really liked what the Red Wolves had to offer. He said Whiteside has helped him develop a change up and their next project is a curveball/slider.
The Red Wolves also have a Class of 17 commit from switch-hitting infielder Andrew Leggo from Canada.