(Courtesy Saint Louis Athletics)
The Billiken baseball team has signed shortstop Alex King to a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to begin competition in 2015. King comes to the Billikens from the St. James Academy in Lenexa, Kan., alma mater of Billiken pitcher Matt Eckelman.
“Alex is a great get for us,” Saint Louis head baseball coach Darin Hendrickson said. “He is a true shortstop, but has the size and arm strength to play any of the three infield positions. Alex projects as an above average gap-to-gap hitter with power potential. He has an excellent batting eye and a high on-base percentage. Alex comes from a top-tier high school program and is a winning player with great intangibles.”
King was a career .352 hitter at the St. James Academy, where he played in 66 games over four years. As a senior last year, he posted a .409 batting average with five home runs, three triples and two doubles. King had a .529 on-base percentage and a .787 slugging percentage for a 1.317 OPS. He was also a threat on the base paths, swiping 11 bases.
King joins a talented incoming class for the Billikens. The 11-man class for SLU includes Mike Brenner, Kyle Fletcher, King, Mick Layton, Connor Lehmann, Trent Liemkuehler, James Morisano, Luke Sommerfeld, Jake Terrazas and Justin Walker.