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DP Spotlight: Alex Cunningham

cunninghamalex-head10.jpgDP Spotlight - Alex Cunningham, Byrnes High School: With his final season as a Rebel on the horizon, Alex Cunningham has a lot to look forward to in the coming years. However, before the recent Coastal Carolina commit becomes a Chanticleer, he will look to finish his campaign at Byrnes High School with a state title. The 6'1/170 shortstop took the time with DP to elaborate on his future expectations and what makes Alex the player and person he is today.

Diamond Prospects-You have committed to Coastal Carolina, what factors led to that decision? What other schools did you select them over?

Alex Cunningham-I selected them over Clemson, College of Charleston, and other small schools. I loved everything about Coastal and felt it was the best fit for me.

DP-Why do you think they recruited you?

AC-Hopefully because I'm a good player and have a chance to make an impact right away

DP-What is your greatest high school thrill?

AC-Going to state

DP-Where does your love for baseball come from?

AC-My dad, but also because I feel powerful on the field

DP-What has travel ball done for your baseball career?

AC-It really got me on scout's radar

DP-Who are the three toughest pitchers/hitters you have faced?

AC-Hitters: Hunter Cole, Steven Duggar, and Taylor McCuen; Pitchers: Daniel Gossett, Madison Younginer, Jordan Montgomery

DP-What do you think your teammates thoughts are on the attention from colleges that you've gotten?

AC-I hope they're happy for me and I hope they show out when the scouts are there for me

DP-A successful 2012 for your high school team is:

AC-State!!

DP-Who are the three best underclassmen in South Carolina that you know of?

AC-Reed Rholman (Byrnes, OF); Adam Renwick (Dorman, INF)

DP-What anxieties do you have about entering college?

AC-I'm scared I'm going to get lost and be overwhelmed with work

cunninghamalex-stance11.jpgDP-What is the toughest adjustment you expect after high school on and off the field?

AC-Off the field I worry about how I'm going to spend my time; on the field the competition is going to be a lot better

DP-Tell us why you believe you'll succeed beyond high school in this game:

AC-Because I have good work ethic and will do whatever it takes to succeed

DP-What areas of your game do you need to work on the most to improve before you hit the college practice field?

AC-Hitting

DP-What is the biggest crowd you've ever performed in front of and where?

AC-State game at White Knoll

DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a person and why?

AC-My parents, they've molded me into who I am today

DP-Who has made the greatest impression on you as a baseball player and why?

AC-Dad, he is always willing to work with me and instilled in me how to play the game

DP-What does the term "student-athlete" mean to you?

AC-Have to balance school and ball to where I make good grades and succeed on the field

DP-What do you intend to major in?

AC-Pre-pharmacy

DP-What MLB feat in history do you wish you'd been inside the stadium to witness and why?

AC-I wish I could have seen Derek's 3000th

DP-Who is your favorite athlete outside of baseball and why?

AC-Peyton Manning; he's just an all around good guy and amazing QB

DP-Who is your favorite MLB pitcher and position player and why?

AC-Position player: Jose Reyes

DP-Who is your favorite MLB team?

AC-Braves

DP-What do you think about the Designated Hitter in MLB?

AC-I think it's a great position

DP-What is your favorite sport to play other than baseball?

AC-Football

DP-What is your favorite sport to watch other than baseball?

AC-Football

DP-What are some of your hobbies?

AC-Fishing and hanging out w friends

DP-Use three words to describe yourself:

AC-Loyal, Calm, Smart

DP-Do you have a Twitter account? If so, who's your favorite person to follow?

AC-No

DP-Who is your favorite actor and actress?

AC-Actor: Ryan Reynolds; Actress: Tara Reid

DP-What is your favorite movie?

AC-The Breakfast Club

DP-What is your favorite thing to watch on television?

AC-Baseball

DP-What type of music do you prefer?

AC-Country or Rap

DP-What is (or would be) your ‘intro' song?

AC-Rap

DP-What is your favorite video game?

AC-Slugfest

DP-What is your favorite meal?

AC-Turkey and dressing with mac and cheese

DP-What goals do you have for yourself in and out of baseball?

AC-I hope to make it to the major leagues one day

DP-If you could have dinner with three people in history, who would they be and why?

AC-Bo Jackson because he's the best all-time athlete, Bob Marley because he's cool, and Bill Dance to ask him his fishing secrets

DP-Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

AC-Hopefully still playing ball

DP-You have been a participant in the Palmetto Games, in what way has that added to your high school baseball experience?

AC-I have met a lot of good ball players and became friends with them, its all about relationships

DP-What are your thoughts on what Diamond Prospects has done for kids in the state of South Carolina?

AC-I think it's a great way for kids to get exposure

DP-Give a young high school player who is reading this article one piece of advice:

AC-Always work hard to achieve your goals, and go after your dream; do whatever it takes.