Matt Lea Profile
In the recent issue of Prospect Plus, a publication by Baseball America and Perfect Game USA that ranks baseball players in high school and college, Matt was rated the 19th best junior baseball player in the nation.
They aren't the only ones that have taken noticed of this tall, hard-throwing righthanded pitcher as evidenced by the glut of letters Matt has received from colleges across the nation.
A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Matt is just now becoming interested in college baseball, although no one program is his favorite.
"To tell you the truth, I didn't grow up a fan of any college," said Lea, an excellent student who has a 3.9 GPA and a 27 ACT. "I've attended a few college baseball games here and there, but I'm not a big fan of any one college. I've been to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Memphis to watch games."
Lea has also taken the time to attend one college baseball camp and their Junior Day.
"I went to Mississippi State's winter camp this past January," said Lea. "That is the only college camp that I have been to."
As for Mississippi State's Junior Day, he came away liking what he saw.
"I was very impressed," Lea said about the experience. "It was first class. The coaching, everything was first class."
The coaches were just as impressed with Lea as he them.
"They like that I'm 6-foot-5," said Lea. "Also, my grades. The also like my (fastball) velocity."
It's no wonder they like his fastball. So far, this year, his velocity have been anywhere from the upper 80's on a consistent basis to the low 90's on occasion. He also throws a circle change and a curveball.
With so many schools currently interested in Lea, are there any that stand out over the rest at this point in the recruiting process?
"Not really, I haven't made a list," Lea said after thinking about it for a few seconds. "I'm waiting for July 1st (the first day college coaches can call). Really, I'm interested in everybody that has sent me anything."
With summer fast approaching, Lea, like so many other high school baseball players, has his summer planned around more baseball.
"I'm pitching for the Dulin's Dodgers (a summer team located in Memphis) and will attend (several) Showcases," Lea said.
Look for a lot of college coaches and Major League Baseball scouts to be following this young man around this summer.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher/owner of Gene's Page, a website that has been providing Mississippi State sports coverage to MSU fans since October, 1996, and the source for Mississippi State sports on TheInsiders.com sports network. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org