Commitment Spotlight- '17 Anthony Alepra, RHP, Cedar Rapids Kennedy

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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Anthony Alepra

Name: Anthony Alepra
Position: RHP
Class: 2017
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3, 175-pounds
High School: Cedar Rapids Kennedy
PBR Rank: #17 in IA 2017 Class

Evaluation:  8/7/16- 6-foot-3, 177-pound right-handed hitting 2-way player. Lean fast twitch body. Slight crossfire delivery from ¾ slot. Has solid extension to plate. Strike thrower. Fastball was 84-86 mph with solid life and running action. 11/5 curveball showed quality shape and depth. Slider at 74-76 mph had sideways spin with flat break in zone. Northwestern University commit. 88 mph exit velocity. Low hand slot with leg kick trigger, off-time at event, flashes pop in bat to oppo gap when extended.

PBR: Why did you choose Northwestern University? 
ALEPRA: It is a great fit for me both athletically and academically. I really like what the coaches are doing there and I'm excited to be a part of it.

PBR: What other schools were you considering? 
ALEPRA: I was talking closely with Butler, Pepperdine, Minnesota, and Xavier, among others.

PBR: Where did the coaching staff first see you? How did your relationship develop with them? 
ALEPRA: I went on a visit after they took interest in some video I had taken this past spring, and we continued to stay in touch over the high school season.

PBR: Do you feel relieved now that the process is over and you can just focus on baseball and not deal with everything that goes into picking a school? 
ALEPRA: Definitely, I am very excited for next year.

PBR: Was there one deciding factor that put your choice over the top?
ALEPRA: The school and baseball program are both great, but the coaches were what made the decision very easy. They are all great guys.

PBR: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are today? 
ALEPRA: My dad. He has helped me all along the way, and I wouldn't be where I am without him.

PBR: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it easy/difficult? 
ALEPRA: There were ups and downs, but it is worth it knowing I made the right decision.

PBR: What plans does the coaching staff have in store for you in your freshman season? 
ALEPRA: I plan to contribute as much as I can, in whatever role is open to me.

PBR: What is your most memorable baseball moment to date? 
ALEPRA: Throwing against Jefferson in the substate final this summer. The result wasn't what I was hoping for, but it is an experience I will never forget.

PBR: Who is the best player that you have competed against? 
ALEPRA: I have played with and against quite a few great baseball players over the past few years; I honestly can't name one as the best.