2015 MIF Commit Luke Alexander Update

An update on 2015 Mississippi State baseball middle infielder commitment Luke Alexander of Belmont (MS) High School.

  • Name: Luke Alexander
  • Classification: 2015
  • Position: Middle Infield
  • Ht: Wt: 5-foot-10, 175
  • Bats-Throws: S/R
  • High School: Belmont (MS) High School
  • Summer Travel Team: Dulins Dodgers
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    Alexander, who committed to MSU baseball in 2010, has earned numerous honors during his high school baseball career. The most recent one was being selected to play for the Mississippi team that played in the Sunbelt Classic Tournament in Oklahoma. His selection was this second straight year to be selected for the team. It's an honor he's extremely proud of.

    "I went to it last year as well and it was fun representing Mississippi, the state that you live in," said Alexander.

    Because he played in it last season, he feels he was able to help the newcomers to the team.a

    "(MSU 2015 commitment) Austin Riley and I went last year so we are able to help the other guys on the team," said Alexander.

    Also on the team were five other Mississippi State commitments - Austin Riley, Brant Blaylock, Keegan James, Dustin Skelton and Noah Hughes. As you would expect, Alexander is excited about playing with his future college teammates.

    "It is exciting playing with guys that you will be playing with for the next four or five years on the college level," said Alexander.

    One of the most talented players in the southeast, Alexander realizes to play on the next level, especially in the always tough Southeastern Conference, he needs to be at his absolute best. And he's working hard to achieve that goal.

    "I have been working on my arm strength so that I can make the plays in the hole," said Alexander. " I am also working on my speed. And mentally, I know more what to do in situations."

    A natural righthand hitter, Alexander has been a switch-hitter for a few years. He feels like his switch-hitting really improved this past season, mainly because he batted almost exclusively against righthanded pitchers this past season.

    "Switch-hitting is difficult to do at first but when you get good at it, it's fun to do," said Alexander. "I actually enjoy hitting lefthanded all the time and not having to see a righthanded curveball come right at me."

    As you would expect, Alexander kept close tabs on his future team, the Mississippi State Bulldogs. And he's been very impressed with how far they have come since he first committed to them.

    "It's really unbelievable how much they have progressed," said Alexander. " When I first committed they were still working on becoming successful. Then, last year they were (national champion) runnerup in the College World Series. It blows my mind how much they have improved."

    He's really excited about the prospect of being able to play on Dudy Noble field in a little over a year.

    "It's going to be a blessing to play on Dudy Noble," said Alexander. "I've been wanting to come to Mississippi State since I was a little kid. (And) actually getting an opportunity to play on Dudy Noble is amazing."

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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