There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.

Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.

As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.

Yesterday, we spotlighted Johnny Jeter.

Today, we feature Gerald Alexander.

Born in Baton Rouge in 1968, Alexander, a right-handed pitcher, played parts of 3 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Texas Rangers (1990-1992).

Alexander went to Donaldsonville High School, and then played his college baseball at Tulane, before being selected by the Texas Rangers in the 21st round of the 1989 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Alexander made his Major League debut on September 9, 1990, at the age of 22, tossing 3.1 innings against the Kansas City Royals.

Alexander went on to appear in 3 games for the Rangers in 1990, accumulating a 7.71 ERA. over 7.0 innings of work.

1991 saw Alexander get the most extensive playing time of his career, going 5-3 with a 5.24 ERA. over a career-high 89.1 innings pitched.

In 1992, the final year of his career, Alexander allowed 5 runs in only 1.2 innings.

In parts of 3 seasons in Major League Baseball, Alexander appeared in 36 games, including 11 as a starter, going 6-3 with a 5.79 ERA.