2012 MLB Draft Q & A: Theo Alexander

Up next in our exclusive 2012 MLB Draft Q & A series is outfielder Theo Alexander from Lake Washington H.S. in Kirkland, WA. There are quite a few teams that are said to be enamored with his athleticism and left-handed bat and he also currently has a commitment to UC Santa Barbara. Inside he discusses getting prepared for the draft, his strengths as a player, how he prepares to play and much more.

Rays Digest: I understand you played several different positions when you were younger. How long ago did you decide that outfield was the best fit for you?

Theo Alexander: I decided that being an outfielder was my best fit when I played first for a couple games in little league and it just didn't click for me like being in the outfield did. I needed my space to roam.

Rays Digest: You are known for your bat, but what are some of your other strengths?

Theo Alexander: My main other strength is my defensive ability. I can run down just about any ball and my arm is above average.

Rays Digest: In which areas are you looking to improve the most?

Theo Alexander: The areas I'm looking to improve most are my speed, arm strength, and my power at the plate. I could always use the extra strength to drive the ball.

Rays Digest: You have been a threat at the plate throughout high school, but your numbers during the 2011-12 season were particularly impressive. Did you notice pitchers making changes since you were becoming more and more established as a dangerous player at the plate? If so, how did that affect your approach?

Theo Alexander: Yes, it usually happened after my first at bat. I would see a fastball, smash it, then wouldn't see one for the rest of the game. I had to then just sit until I got a pitch over the plate that I could drive.

Rays Digest: You have also drawn praise for things that don't show up on the stat sheet, such as your work ethic and overall attitude on and off the field. Who has helped you develop these qualities and become the player and person you are today?

Theo Alexander: My mom and grandma are my main mental coaches. They've taught me to never hold on to anything bad for too long or else it would ruin the rest of my game. Also, they taught me my manners that I try and display 24/7.

Rays Digest: Is there anyone in baseball, past or present, that you have tried to model your game after?

Theo Alexander: Well, I try to resemble him as much as possible by wearing his number 24, but it's pretty difficult to do since he is one of the all-time greats. My home town hero, Ken Griffey Jr.

Rays Digest: Shifting gears a little bit, what is your offseason workout routine like? How does it differ from your routine during the season?

Theo Alexander: My offseason workout was hitting 6-7 days a week and working out after I had hit for 4-5 of those days. My workout routine during the season is a lot lighter than the offseason, less reps and weight.

Rays Digest: Aside from baseball, what are some things you enjoy doing in your free time?

Theo Alexander: In my free time I like to just hang out with my friends, play Xbox, and that's just about it. Baseball consumes all of my time and that's just the way I like it.

Rays Digest: You've committed to UC Santa Barbara, but every MLB team has shown at least some interest in you. What are your thoughts on possibly going pro, and what type of things are you and your family looking for in an organization to make the decision to sign with a team instead of going to school?

Theo Alexander: My thoughts are that I am ready to go pro, mentally and physically. Me and my family are looking for teams that love to play hard, have integrity, have a great system that can evolve their players in all areas on and off the field, win, and strive for that ultimate goal - a ring.

Rays Digest: Now that the draft is under two weeks away, what are your emotions like as it gets closer and closer?

Theo Alexander: [I am] just trying to not really think about it that much, because I am currently playing summer ball and I'm just trying to stay as composed as possible.

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