MOREHEAD, Ky. - Alex Stephens, an infielder from Pensacola State College (Fla.), has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State baseball program. He has three years of eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.
"We are excited about the addition of Alex," Head Coach Mike McGuire said. "Alex seems to be a great fit for our program. He is a very talented player, quality person off the field and someone who understands the importance of a college education."
Stephens, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, started his college career at former Big East Conference member West Virginia, but did not play in 2013 due to injury. He posted a .328 batting average as a redshirt freshman at Pensacola State in 2014.
Stephens helped Linsly High School (W.Va.) to three Ohio Valley Athletic Conference titles and four Eastern Ohio Baseball League crowns. The right-handed hitter was named First-Team All-OVAC in 2010, 2011 and 2012, plus league Player of the Year as a senior.
Stephens hit .370 as a freshman, .414 as a sophomore, .493 as a junior and .533 his final season. His on-base percentage climbed to .685 as a senior, while his slugging percentage topped out at .967. He recorded 159 hits, 133 runs and 114 RBI in four seasons.
"Alex had terrific numbers in high school," McGuire said. "He's a very good athlete and has lots of potential from an offensive standpoint. We like his frame and ability with a bat in his hands. We think he'll be able to hit for average and power at the Division I level."
His father, Ron Stephens, was taken by the Boston Red Sox in the 16th round of the 1985 Major League Baseball Draft, but opted to pitch at the University of Cincinnati. He later spent five seasons in the Minor Leagues, including three with Triple-A Vancouver.
Morehead State only has four seniors on its 2014 roster. The Eagles, who have already improved by 13 victories from the 2013 campaign, are playing in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament this week. MSU is also chasing the school's wins record (31).
"We have several quality pieces coming back in 2015, but Alex will certainly have an opportunity to compete for playing time," McGuire added. "He should give us a good option from a position player standpoint and provide us with more depth in the line-up."