Prized Alec Rash Leaves Missouri, Baseball
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Alec Rash not signing as a second-round pick to the Phillies in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft was one of the summer’s biggest stories at the time. While the Phillies were disappointed not to sign the then-elite righthander, the Missouri Tigers were the beneficiaries of a premier arm that was supposed to help the program take the next level in the Southeastern Conference.
What was a huge story at the time is now a story yet again for different reasons, as Rash has left the University of Missouri to pursue a collegiate basketball career at Park (Mo.) University, an NAIA institution in Parkville, Mo.
Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said this in a short statement to D1Baseball.com: “I just think Alec is pursuing what his true sports passion is.”
Rash, a senior, didn’t have the baseball career at Missouri that he and the Tigers were expecting, mostly due to injuries that sidelined him for time in 2013 (elbow discomfort) and, again, in 2015. Rash was ranked the No. 37 prospect nationally, No. 1 in the State of Iowa by Perfect Game out of high school. However, in addition to injuries, he never was able to establish consistency while in Columbia, Mo.
Rash, an impressive-looking 6-foot-5, 204-pounder, had a 4.55 ERA in just 27.2 innings of work as a freshman, while he had a 2.04 ERA in just 17.2 innings as a sophomore. Then, last season, the righthander, who had a fastball into the mid-90s, made just four appearances (three starts) last season and compiled a 3.21 ERA with 10 walks and just nine strikeouts.
Even with the inconsistency and injury issues, the righty was still drafted as a 23rd-rounder by the Nationals this past summer, but again, opted not to sign.
Though we may truly not find out Rash’s real potential on the mound at the collegiate level, this decision culminates what would best be described as a strange three-year career with the Missouri program, and a closed chapter on a righthanded pitcher who was the highest unsigned draft pick in 2012.
While Rash pursues another athletic career for the time being, the Tigers hope to bounce back after narrowly missing the NCAA tournament with a 30-28 overall record last season.