April 22, 2016
MSU Fall Signing Class
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State head coach Keith Guttin announced Friday (April 22) the receipt of National Letters of Intent from junior college transfer Keith Grieshaber (Chesterfield, Mo.) and prep standout Alex Moore (Mountain Grove, Mo.). The latest two signees join the Bears' group of nine fall signees and will be eligible for the 2016-17 academic year.
Grieshaber will compete for Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., this spring as a redshirt freshman and have three years of eligibility remaining with the Bears. The Chesterfield, Mo., product originally signed with Arkansas out of Marquette High School in the St. Louis area, where he was a three-time Missouri Class 5 All-State, all-district and all-metro selection. As a senior, he was ranked as the 196th-best recruit in the country and the No. 4 overall prep prospect in the state of Missouri according to Perfect Game. An infielder, Grieshaber was named a 2013 second-team preseason high school underclass All-American by Perfect Game and attended the PG National Showcase the same year. He batted better than .400 in each of his four prep seasons, including a .436 average to go along with five homers as a senior in 2014. A two-sport standout at Marquette, Grieshaber played as well, earning high school All-America and Gatorade Missouri Player of the Year honors as a senior after finishing his career with 114 goals and 26 assists.
A local high school product from Mountain Grove, Moore committed to the Bears on the heels of a breakthrough junior campaign that saw the imposing 6-7 right-hander post an 8-1 mound mark for the Panthers. Ranked as the No. 13 overall high school senior from the state of Missouri by Prep Baseball Report, Moore logged an impressive 1.64 earned run average with 80 strikeouts while allowing just 19 hits over 47 innings last spring. He tossed a complete-game, two-hitter in the Panthers' district title game victory and earned Rawlings honorable mention All-America and second-team Central Region recognition from Perfect Game prior to the start of the 2016 season.
The Bears' 2016 signing class also includes pitchers Hunter Dame (Lebanon, Mo.), Kolton Gonnerman (Cincinnati, Iowa), Anthony Herron, Jr. (St. Charles, Mo.), Tyler McAlister (Waterloo, Ill.), Doug Still (Sikeston, Mo.) and Nate Witherspoon (Eureka, Mo.), outfielder Jack Duffy (Kansas City, Mo.), catcher Drew Millas (Swansea, Ill.) and two-way standout Trey Turner (Seneca, Mo.).
Ranked as high as No. 16 in this week's national polls, Missouri State (27-8, 2-3 MVC) returns to Hammons Field this evening to open a three-game Valley series with Evansville (21-14, 4-2 MVC) at 6:35 p.m.