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Regensburg Legionaere Alexander Schmidt was born in Australia and has lived in both Germany and the United States.
The 18-year old right-handed infielder is a member of the Regensburg Academy, the same academy that produced both Donald Lutz and Max Kepler.
Schmidt has been representing Germany on the national team level since 2013, first on the U-15 roster and, most recently, with the U-18 team. In 2016, he appeared on the U-18 roster for the MLB Academies Spring Tournament in Barcelona. In the spring of this season he was, once again on the U-18 national team as they did the warmup rounds in Spain, against Italy, France, The Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
As of July 1, 2017, the infielder had split his time this season between 2nd, 3rd and short. In 21 games he's made 81 plate appearances. Alexander has 23 hits, including 4 doubles, and has scored 15 runs while batting in 23. He’s also walked and struck out 11 times each. Schmidt has been hit by a pitch 8 times indicating he may like to crowd the plate. His current average is .301, with a slugging percentage of .452. That places him third best on a team that’s average sits at .270.
Defensively he's played 9 games at 3rd where he's committed 5 errors and 6 games apiece at 2nd and short where he's fielding much better with just 1 error in each spot. Schmidt has a total of 26 putouts and 67 assists on the season. His fielding percentage for each slot is .868 at 3rd, .970 at 2nd and .966 at short.
When EBSM caught up with Alexander he was playing short for the Legionaere at this year's EuroCup. We discussed his new leadership role as well as his love of the game and how the Mets are responsible for his career in baseball.