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  Alex Pracher
Alex Pracher

Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marlton, NJ

High School:
Cherokee HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 185

Position:
RHP

Experience:
2V

Bats/Throws:
R/R

Summer Ball: Solid summer in 2009 for Westhampton of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League as he was named by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect out of the league, posting an 0.82 ERA over 22.0 innings over five games and three starts ... struck out 25 and walked just five ... had a sensational 2008 summer campaign with the Quakertown Blazers, and was honored by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in the Atlantic Collegiate League ... went 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA in six games (four starts), with 25 strikeouts against only six walks in 26.0 innings of work.

Stanford Career: Over three seasons produced a 5.04 ERA over 67 relief appearances... compiled five saves, including four in 2010, pitching 103.2 innings with 115 hits given up... struck out 63 and walked 42 with a .288 opponent batting average.

As a Junior in 2010: Team's closer, taking over for first round pick Drew Storen... went 6-4 with a 3.15 ERA over 25 relief appearances with a 3.15 ERA and four saves for NCAA Regional team... struck out 28 and walked 21 as opponents had a .255 batting average against him... pitched a career-high 7.2 innings to take a loss in the 15th at Washington (5/2), pitching seven shutout innings and breaking his previous best of 5.0 innings set in 2008. Struck out a career-best five, giving up one run on three hits... picked up his fourth save with 1.1 shutout innings in the opener at No. 26 Arizona (5/21)... scoreless ninth for third save (5/14) against Washington State before blowing three inning save on Sunday (5/16) with seven runs (two earned) in ninth after two perfect innings... blew save and took his second loss of the year with five runs in ninth against Oregon (4/10) after Cardinal had 6-1 lead after seven... took first loss at No. 2 UCLA in the 10th inning after three shutout innings (4/1)... went 4-0 with two saves with a 1.76 ERA over first nine appearances... three scoreless innings with two hits and two strikeouts in series clinching win v. USC (3/28)... earned win with scoreless ninth in opener versus Pepperdine (3/19)... 2.0 inning save at UC Davis (3/5)... win with 1.2 shutout innings to close out game won in the 11th v. UCSB (3/6)... appeared in two games, producing a win and a save in the series sweep of No. 5 Rice.

As a Sophomore in 2009: Was second on the Cardinal staff with 20 relief appearances ... finished with an 0-1 record and a 5.53 ERA over 27.2 innings ... got off to a great start, forging a 1.35 ERA over his first four appearances and 6.1 innings ... made seven outings in Pac-10 play, yielding seven earned runs in 8.1 innings (7.56 ERA) ... worked a season-high 4.1 innings May 19 versus UC Davis, while blanking the Aggies on three hits (2bb,1so).

As a Freshman in 2008: Ranked second on Stanford's College World Series pitching staff with 22 appearances (two starts) ... posted a 1-1 record with one save and a 7.42 ERA (25er, 30.1ip) ... struck out 24 while walking just 11 ... made his collegiate debut with 2.0 scoreless relief innings (2h,1bb,1so) in the second game of a February 22 doubleheader versus Nebraska ... earned his first career save in dramatic fashion March 9 at Texas, retiring the only two batters he faced to strand the bases loaded and preserve a 12-9 Stanford victory ... made his first career start April 16 versus San Francisco, working 4.1 innings (4h,5r,5er,1bb,2so) ... dominated out of the bullpen April 23 versus Saint Mary's, setting his career high with five strikeouts and recording his first win with 5.0 shutout innings (3h,0bb) ... made four relief appearances in Pac-10 play, with a 7.71 ERA (4er, 4.2ip) ... retired his only batter faced during the postseason, pitching in a May 30 Regional game versus UC Davis.

High School: Graduated in 2007 from Cherokee High School in Marlton, N.J. ... was a four-time All-South Jersey Conference selection (2004-07) and the first freshman in Cherokee history to be named to that squad ... led his team to playoff appearances in all four of his seasons, including the 2005 South Jersey title ... helped his team win the 2006 and 2007 Olympic Conference crowns ... Cherokee set a school record with 23 wins in 2006, and then broke that mark with 24 victories in 2007 as part of a three-year record of 68-16 during his final three seasons (2005-07) ... compiled a 16-8 career record while setting the school record with nine career saves, as well as a single-season record with four saves during his freshman campaign ... posted a 4-2 record with a 1.98 ERA in nine starts and 48.1 innings pitched during his senior campaign ... was honored three times by his school for being a varsity letterwinner with a 3.5 GPA or higher (2004-06) ... won the 2007 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Scholar-Athlete Award, given to a baseball player in the top-10 percent of his class ... coached by Bill Haessler ... played three summers for the Tri-State Arsenal (2004-06), leading the team to the 2004 AAU National crown and a runner-up finish at the 2006 AAU National Championship.

Personal Information:
Son of Bob and Tina Pracher ... was born in Flushing, NY ... has one brother, Adam ... political science major.

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