From an Edmonds Community College news release.
The Detroit Tigers drafted Mill Creek resident Alec Kisena in the 16th round as the 490th overall pick in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.
Weighing in at 250 pounds, right-handed pitcher Kisena stands 6 feet 5 inches tall, and is a 2013 graduate of Jackson High School.
Kisena appeared in 11 games for Edmonds Community College this spring and ended with a 6-3 record. In 75 innings, he allowed 48 hits, struck out 82, and accumulated a 2.27 ERA.
He started playing at the age of four for the YMCA. Growing up, his role models were his father, who played softball, and New York Yankee Pedro Martinez.
Kisena has experience at first base but moved his focus to pitcher during his sophomore year of high school. He played junior varsity baseball for Jackson his freshmen year. By sophomore year, he was playing junior varsity and varsity, when Jackson took second place in the state tournament.
During his junior year of high school, he led the league in strikeouts and earned run averages.
In his second game of the season at Edmonds CC, he was leading the Northwest Athletic Conference in strikeouts.
“Everybody on the team was a family,” said Kisena.
“Once we bonded and started hanging out, everything just started taking care of itself.”
Throughout the season at Edmonds Community College area scouts would attend each game. “There were at least two scouts at each game,” said Kisena.
He was invited to and attended this year’s Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals workouts; however, he was not able to make it to the Detroit Tigers workout.
Missing the workout didn’t matter in the end. As he sat in his hotel room in Corvallis, Oregon, during summer league baseball, he received a text saying, “Call me.”
When Kisena called, the Detroit Tigers informed him that they would be trying to draft him.
Kisena thanks many people for getting him this far. His parents for giving him the opportunity to play; Scott Mahlum, his little league coach; JT Zink, his pitching coach, who taught him how to be a pitcher and not just throw the ball; Curt Nelson, his summer coach who taught him how to be “mentally in the game” for every pitch; and Guy Kellar, his coach for the Seattle Stars.
“I would like to thank all the coaches here at Edmonds Community College, and my teammates for going through this journey together,” said Kisena.
What does Kisena see for the future? “The big leagues and working toward trying to be the best.”