2016 RHP Alex Speas Talks MSU Commitment

Class of 2016 right-handed pitcher Alex Speas, currently ranked 37th among the class of 2016 prospects by Perfect Game, talks about his commitment to Mississippi State.

  • Name: Alex Speas
  • Classification: 2016
  • Position: RHP
  • Ht: Wt: 6-foot-4, 180
  • Bats-Throws: R-R
  • High School: McEachern High School (Powder Springs, GA)
  • Summer Travel Team: Atlanta Blue Jays 17U
  • Schools of Interest: Committed to Mississippi State

    "I called and committed to (Mississippi State assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione," said Speas. "He was super happy for me. He said I am going to love it and I'm going to love the coaching staff."

    The highly recruited righty explained why Mississippi State earned his commitment.

    "I actually visited Mississippi State this past Saturday when they played South Carolina," he said. "The visit was amazing. Everything about it was great. The crowds, the atmosphere was amazing, the players were nice. And everybody that I talked to said that (Mississippi State pitching coach) Butch Thompson is the best pitching mind out there right now. I have always wanted to meet him. I got to meet him and the things he said are correct.

    "It felt more like home. I felt that I could fit in there. Being around their coaches made me feel like they would develop me and help me make sure my game was on point."

    Mississippi State and Speas have been in contact for several months prior to him committing.

    "They watched me pitch in (Florida at) Fort Myers and Jupiter this past fall," said Speas. "And (Mingione) came out to watch me pitch a couple of times this high school season. Since then, we have stayed in contact."

    Speas was recruited by schools throughout the nation.

    "I was big into Arizona State, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Missouri," he said. "I also talked to Tennessee a lot, Central Michigan, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State but those were the four that I had on my final list. My parents and I sat down and talked about (all four) and Mississippi State turned out to be the one."

    Speas recruitment picked up after his performance in Fort Myers and Jupiter. He explained why.

    "During the summer, my velocity was in the high 80s, touching 90 once or twice, then this fall I actually was (throwing) 91-93 (miles per hour) down in Jupiter," said Speas, who throws both a four-seam and two-seam (88-90 mph) fastball as well as a changeup, curveball and slider. "I also hit 94 at Fort Myers. This (high school) season I am 92-96 and topped out at 97. I've heard that I have hit 98 but I haven't seen that."

    He explained why he believes his velo increased so much the past few months.

    "I grew into my body," said Speas. "From the 8th grade to my freshman year I grew about five or six inches. Then, I started growing more into my body. I put a lot more weight on. I also hit the weights super hard. And working at Rapid Performance here in Georgia helped me a lot."

    Obviously, with a projectable body and already throwing in the low to mid 90s, Major League Baseball will likely be very interested in him once he finishes high school and is eligible for the draft. Speas gave his thoughts about the possibility of being drafted.

    "I am actually a big college guy and want to go to college but if (the bonus money) is something that is life-changing money then my parents and I would definitely sit down and talk about it," said Speas, an A-B student. "But right now, I would love to go to college and develop."

    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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