Alex Greer set the bar pretty high during a junior baseball season at Fort Osage High School that helped him claim The Examiner’s 2010 Player of the Year Award.

Alex Greer set the bar pretty high during a junior baseball season at Fort Osage High School that helped him claim The Examiner’s 2010 Player of the Year Award.

He hit .478, scored 43 runs, had 20 extra-base hits (11 doubles, six home runs and three triples) 32 RBIs, a .529 on-base percentage, an .859 slugging percentage, 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts and no errors in 40 chances in center field.

“You talk about your five-tool players, well, Alex is one of thos players,” Fort Osage coach Chris Walker said.

“He can hit for average, hit for power, is fast, is a great defensive center fielder – he once made seven put outs in a game playing center field – and has a great arm. And he’s picking up this year when he left off last year.”

Through the first three games of the season, Greer is hitting .700 with two singles, two doubles, two triples, a home run and five RBIs.

“I guess if anyone was wondering if Alex could have another great year for this team, the answer is yes,” said Walker, who played in one state championship game for the Indians and coached in another alongside manager Dave Fry.

“We’ve had some great players out here at Fort Osage – (Brent) Wilhelm, (Nathan) Lipowicz, (Chris) Francka – and of course Albert (Pujols). And on the high school level, this kid is as good as any of them.”

Yet don’t try to get Greer to talk about his accomplishments. It’s as tough as sneaking a fastball down the heart of the plate against him.

“All I care about is winning,” Greer said. “I’ve never been a part of a district championship team. We get there, then lose the game and I want that to change this year.

“I’m still thinking about that (8-7) loss (to Truman) last year. We all thought we were going to get the biggest win of the season, and it didn’t happen so we’re working hard to make sure we get the chance to play in that game again this year.

“We just have to get there. Then we’ll see what happens.”

Greer earned the nickname “Alex the Great” last season. While his overall performance was, well, great, he was unstoppable against one rival.

In two games against North Kansas City, the then-junior had seven hits, three home runs and 10 RBIs. In a 17-7 win that clinched a conference championship tie, Greer had two three-run homers and a two-run single for eight RBIs.

“He hit everyone hard last year, but he really hit them hard,” Walker said. “The kid is so quiet and such a hard worker. You’d never know he was on the team until you see him there. Then, you know he’s on the team.”

If he’s not on the field with his Indians teammates, Greer can be found at home, swatting balls off a hitting tee.

“It helps me keep my head on the ball,” Greer said. “I have a tendency to pull my head, so I work a lot on that off the tee. But I don’t think of it as work. I love the game so much. I love everything about it. When I lay in bed at night, I think about baseball.

“I can’t imagine life without baseball.”