Coming into the 2018 MLB season as the No. 5 prospect for the Boston Red Sox, Alex Scherff may be the best-kept secret in the minor leagues. After not pitching in the 2017 season, the future couldn’t be brighter for the 2017 fifth-round pick.
Boston has a lot of talent in their farm system, but Scherff has already worked his way up to No. 5, according to MLB.com. Even without pitching as a professional, he is already listed above other names like Mike Shawaryn and Roniel Raudes, who are both expected to be very talented pitchers that will move up through the organization fairly quickly.
Mike Rikard, the Red Sox’ vice president of amateur scouting had a lot of good things to say about Scherff after they drafted him last year.
“There’s a lot to like. We thought he was one of the more advanced high school pitchers in the draft as far as his delivery and strike throwing and command. He’s got a really good fastball, touches 98, sits comfortably at 94. He’s got some feel and some moxie. He’s a real competitor.”
Having that kind of compliment come from so high up in the Red Sox organization has to be a good feeling for Scherff. If you haven’t had the chance to get to know much about Scherff and don’t know what he brings to the mound, you have come to the right place.
Evan Massey of Lifestyle Sports 101 had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with him. Many different topics were discussed and it is must-read material for all Boston fans.
First up, we talked about what life in the Red Sox organization has been like for Scherff thus far.
“It’s been amazing. Playing professional baseball has been my dream since I was very young, and going into the Red Sox organization made it even better when it became a reality. It feels like I am a part of a family and I believe feeling like you’re a part of something like that is what really wins championships.”
Next, he briefly broke down what he tries to bring to the mound every game.
“I would like to describe my pitching style as controlled aggression at a high energy level. Being confident on the mound is essential to success.”
He went on to talk about who his favorite team and player were growing up and how it feels to be a professional himself now.
“Favorite team was the Rangers and my favorite player was C.J. Wilson. Truly is a dream come true and such a blessing for not only me, but my family. It brings a lot of joy to my heart knowing I made my dad and my brother proud from all of the long days we all spent on ballfields together.”
At this point in his career, Scherff has locked in on what some of his biggest strengths and weaknesses are.
“Strengths are that I always give my best effort and won’t ever quit in the face of a challenge…weaknesses probably that I tend to get excited in my head and look too far forward to the future when I need to stay where my feet are.”
He also opened up about which current MLB pitcher he tries to model his game after.
“Justin Verlander. He seems to have the game figured out and has played for a long time, and has his off-field life put together very well.”
Scherff continued on to give advice to young players who have the dream of playing professional baseball.
“To not quit when it gets hard, whether life or baseball. Be consistent with your work ethic and always keep your work ethic at 100%. Hard work beats talent in the end.”
Looking ahead at the 2018 season, Scherff has some goals set for himself.
“To compete at the best of my God-given ability, grow as a person, stay healthy, and help the organization in whatever manner possible.”
In closing, Alex sent out a brief message to Red Sox fans.
“Trust the process and Go Sox!😎”
We hope that you have enjoyed this interview and will follow Alex moving forward with the Red Sox. Make sure to give him a follow on Twitter at @alexscherff23. Also, please give Evan Massey and Lifestyle Sports 101 a follow on Twitter at @massey_evan and @LSports101 respectively.