RHP Alex Lange (Lee's Summit West) Talks Recruiting Process

Shon Plack
Missouri Scouting Director

When Alex Lange was a freshman at Lee's Summit West, he went to a showcase and was compared to other freshman players with the same aspirations of playing college baseball.  His scores were among the top in the showcase and he began to see that he could play with the elite in the region.  After is sophomore, Lange got an opportunity to play in Baton Rouge for Marucci Elite and coach Chad Raley.  It was that summer he developed a relationship with the Louisiana State coaching staff and decided to verbally commit later that fall. "Once I made my decision to attend LSU, a huge weight was lifted and I found the process to be both a fun and memorable experience," Lange recalls of his recruiting days.

Lange is currently ranked #2 in Missouri and #6 overall, but he is always striving to become the best.  His year-round work out program consists of building hip and core strength and improving his overall balance.  He does take time off in the winter from throwing, but when he is throwing he is determined to become the best.

"I’m always looking to improve all aspects of my game. I would like to perfect my pitches, consistently hit my spots, and continue to improve my overall fitness level. All of these things will help me get to the next level and reach my ultimate goal of playing Major League Baseball," Lange mentioned.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound RHP had offers from schools like Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Missouri, Stanford and Miami before he made his final choice in LSU. The distance from home to Baton Rouge played a minor roll in Lange's decision.  Renee Lange, Alex's mother, would have liked to have him stay close to home, but once Alex saw what LSU was all about, his mind was made up.  He fell in love with the area and the people. Although he still looked at other schools, his connection with LSU and Baton Rouge had already been formed by the end of the 2012 summer.  Renee was supportive saying, "Any decision Alex made would be no further than a plan ticket away and he should go where he wanted to go".

Before Lange sets foot on the LSU campus or a major league mound, he has one more season of high school baseball.  The Broncos look to improve on a 18-8 record from last season that ended in a loss in the district finals.  Lange was the only junior pitcher in Missouri Class 5 to receive MHSBCA 1st Team All-State honors.  The Broncos will also feature Monte Harrison, a Nebraska commit, in their line up.  Harrison is ranked #3 in Missouri and #9 overall.  With Harrison and Lange, Lee's Summit West will be a top contender for the state championship in Missouri Class 5 in 2014.

Lange's goal is to go out a state champion, "My goal is to go all the way to State and take it all. We’ll have to work hard, stay focused, and be consistent, but I think it can be done."

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