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Would be interested to hear more about Reyes if anyone has seen him play.


He tied for the top fastball at WWBA yesterday, 93.


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Here is the news that JJ broke earlier:

Jacob Pearson selected to play in Area Code Games.
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The Rangers have announced their Area Code team, which represents Texas and Louisiana.
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Jacob Pearson and Blayne Enlow are the only LSU commits on the roster.

They also announced their underclass team for the 2018 and 2019 classes but no LSU commits made that team. Additionally, the Reds announced their team, which represents the four corners and Hawaii. That team had no LSU representation either (LSU has one commit eligible for that team).

07/20/2016 Update: More Area Code teams have been announced. The White Sox team has no LSU commits on it. Johnny Ray would have been the only geographic fit for the team.

The Nationals team has also been announced. Levi Kelly (RHP - IMG Academy) is the only LSU commit on the Senior team. Mason Doolittle and Tanner Allen were also eligible. No LSU commits made the underclass team.

Bryce Turang (SS - Corona HS, CA) made the Brewers senior team, as an underclassman. He is the only 2018 kid on the senior team.

The Royals also announced their team, but LSU has no commits from the geography covered by their team.

7/26/2016 Update:

More teams have been announced. Daniel Cabrera (OF/LHP, 2017, Parkview Baptist) will be playing for the Yankees team. Also on that team are LSU commits Nick Storz, Trent Vietmier, and John Kodros. Usually these teams are bound by geography. I don't think it's a coincidence that the Yankees team has gone out of their zone to load up on LSU commits.

This is the first listing I've seen for Cabrera being from Parkview, so I guess we know now where he's transferring to.
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The Advocate had a nice feature today on St Amant Pitcher Blayne Enlow: LINK

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By the end of June 2015, Enlow’s velocity touched 90 mph.


Soon after, Enlow committed to LSU.

“It is my hometown,” Enlow said. “They have the best coaches, the atmosphere is great, and best fans in America. It doesn’t get better than that.”


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Slaughter named to Cal Ripken League All Star Game.


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Reyes pitches and hits very well...big kid with a lot of potential...not bad @ 3rd either...
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There's a ton of guys in this class that can be hitters or pitchers. It will be very interesting to see how things play out, but if there is one guy I would like to see pitch and DH that's Storz, if he makes it to campus.


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LSU has some 2018 commits in the 16U WWBA tournament right now with coverage provided by Perfect Game.

Here are some notes from Day 1: LINK

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Chain National 16u Burress brought lots of power with them to LakePoint on Friday evening starting with righthander Levi Kelly (2018, Fla.). Kelly is completely filled out physically with good strength present in his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame. He works from a higher three-quarters arm slot with good arm strength and a longer arm action. The LSU commit uses a drop-and-drive element in his delivery with a shorter stride to the plate and plus extension down the mound that registered above seven feet. A concern is the effort and head violence in his delivery, but he still manages to throw strikes. Kelly’s fastball exploded out of his hand in the first sitting 90-92 with late arm-side wiggle. He used it up in the zone to generate a swing and a miss and did well to locate it to both sides. His go-to pitch with two strikes was his slider that worked 78-80 mph with good, late break and average spin. It was shorter in nature, but he threw it for strikes and also had righthanded hitters chasing it out of the zone. His velocity held well throughout his shutout start with his last pitch of the game reading 91 mph. The overall contact from the opposing hitters was weak, with several of them rolling over or weakly popping out.


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The leadoff hitter for the same team was LSU commit and shortstop Drew Bianco (2018, Miss.). Bianco has a very strong, filled out frame and moves well for his size. Bianco took the second pitch of the game and roped it down the left field line for an easy triple, rounding the bag with a time of 4.25. He has very quick hands with feel for the barrel and makes consistent loud contact. He uses a simple weight shift with power from his lower half and drives the ball very well pull side. His bat speed and raw strength play well through the ball with a bat that stays in the hitting zone a very long time.


7/12/16 - Here are some notes from Day 4 of the event: LINK
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Elijah Cabell (2018, Fla.) survived a scare earlier in the week with a leg injury, and has been able to DH in recent games, though the knee is apparently still a little tender to play the outfield. It didn’t seem very tender on Monday, however, when he hit a walk-off two-run double to send the Central Florida Gators to a victory. He’s long been known for his exceptional bat speed and loose, explosive wrists, and the Louisiana State commitment absolutely projects to be make impact bat at the next level.


07/13/2016 - Here are the Day 3 notes with information on LSU's recent 2019 commit Raymond Torres: LINK

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He may be a young one but rising sophomore (class of 2019) catcher Raymond Torres (Charlotte, N.C.) has a set of skills behind the plate that you immediately taken notice of as an evaluator, and it’s a skillset that ranks among the best in his graduation class. Currently ranked at No. 53 in the class, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Torres is currently uncommitted though that could change quickly given the amount of recruiting coordinators who were on hand to watch his battery mate, hard throwing righthander Owen White, who is mentioned below. For a player who is just coming off his freshman year, Torres showed no hesitation receiving a 90-plus heat and did so rather easily with soft hands out front and strong enough wrists to stick balls on the outer half. He also showed off quick and light footwork behind the plate with comfort squaring dirt balls off his chest, though his biggest asset just may be his catch-and-throw skills as they will rival most catchers in this class. A righthanded hitter, the offensive part of his game will continue to develop with additional strength but right now the defensive tools are standout.
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As reported by tigrbaseball in another thread, Nick Storz competed in the high school home run derby at Petco Park yesterday. He hit 8 out of a park not normally known for being hitter friendly. His longest blast measured 432 feet.

Here is Baseball America's account of the action: LINK.

ETA: He's hit the most in the competition so far, but it isn't over yet. He will compete in the finals tonight during the MLB home run derby.

7/12/16 Update:
Storz ultimately lost the HR Drby to Nick Brueser. Here is a feature from Baseball America on Storz: LINK
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As reported by JJ27 above, 2016 Infielder Jake Slaughter was named to the Cal Ripken League All-Star Game. He will be on the North squad as they play tomorrow night. Here are the rosters: LINK

On the season, Slaughter has slashed .269/.349/.419. He's got 8 doubles and 2 home runs in 106 plate appearances. He has split time between SS and DH mostly this season. He has one start at 3rd earlier this year and recently played a couple games at second.

The other 2016 player in the summer leagues, Josh Smith, also made his leagues All Star game. Smith will suit up for the West division in the Prospect League All Star game tomorrow night LINK.

Smith has hit .343/.465/.485 in 32 games this season (129 PA). He has 6 doubles, a triple, and two home runs. He's also walked 20 times to only 13 strikeouts and stolen 18 bases in 21 attempts.
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Drew Bianco


I've been watching every game on Game Changer since my nephew is on his team and he's the next Jordan. I swear he gets HBP EVERY SINGLE GAME. His OBP has to be astronomical.


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Article with quotes from Bianco and Bolden

Good write up on Marucci Elite Black with Bianco, talks about his commitment to LSU. Also has quotes from 2018 WM Athlete/Catcher/OF Slade Bolden and their coach Shane Trosclair.


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LSU picked up a 2019 commit from Charlotte last night in Raymond Torres. Jheremy Brown of Perfect Game reported it on Twitter. He's a switch hitting catcher. Brown stated that he's highly advanced defensively and has big catch & throw skills.

His profile is linked in the second post in this thread under the 2019 commits. He's the third one I've found so far for that class. There are rumblings we could be getting another one soon though.
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As noted in the stickied thread, LSU picked up a huge baseball/football commit from Tennessee. Maurice Hampton committed to play defensive back and outfield for LSU as part of the 2019 class. He's the 4th baseball commit and the second in two day (Ray Torres being the other). He's also the second baseball commit from Memphis University School (Brock Dallstream being the other).

Perfect Game has him rated as the number three prospect in the 2019 class. His profile and a link to his commitment story are in the second post in this thread under the 2019 Commits.
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A few LSU commits have been named to the two big time national all star games, Under Armour (in Wrigley) and Perfect Game (in Petco).

Mason Doolittle (C - Jupiter, FL) is the only LSU commit in the UA game. Here is a feature on him from Baseball Factory: LINK

Three LSU commits are playing in the Perfect Game All Star Game: Blayne Enlow (P - St. Amant), Jacob Pearson (OF - West Monroe), and Nick Storz (P/DH - Brooklyn). Here are the rosters: LINK
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Some Draft Signing Deadline housekeeping:

LSU had five 2016 signees in the Baseball America Top 500 that did not sign with a pro team. Only two of them were actually drafted. Here is the list of players and their rankings:

150 - Todd Peterson
167 - Zack Hess*
293 - Josh Smith*
306 - Zach Watson
385 - Will Reese

Additionally, Jake Slaughter was drafted and did not sign. (Hunter Kiel was as well, but I'm just talking HS guys right now)

One thing to remember is that the Top 500 is not just HS players. It's all draft eligible players. Overall, 127 High School players that were on the list did not sign pro contracts. So let's all please remember that every time another kid commits and someone has the urge to say "he'll never step on campus."

Here are all 127 and where they are going: LINK

One guy on the list is Simon Landry from Ponchatoula. He's heading to Pearl River CC. May be a guy to watch in a couple years if we're looking for a big JUCO bat at 1B. I know of no contact between him and the staff, just a local guy so I mentioned him.

I also updated the earlier post about the Area Code Games as some more teams have been announced.
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Pearson won the HR Derby at the Marucci World Series last night. I believe his partner was Tanner Allen. Need confirmation on that though.


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re: LSU Baseball 2018 (and beyond) Recruiting Thread
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One guy on the list is Simon Landry from Ponchatoula. He's heading to Pearl River CC. May be a guy to watch in a couple years if we're looking for a big JUCO bat at 1B. I know of no contact between him and the staff, just a local guy so I mentioned him.

I believe this is Darren Landry's son (former LSU OL). I've heard he received a couple SEC looks but that his bat didn't really show up the way you would think. I'm not sure if the JC route is due to the draft or to wait out better offers. I know there are a few Ponchatoula posters here, maybe they can chime in.


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Recent commit Cade Doughty (2019, Denham Springs) has made the 15U USA Baseball team. He was on the trial roster, but it was announced yesterday that he made the final roster. Here is the Advocate's coverage: LINK.

ETA: I was able to find some box scores from the 5 games trials that went on to determine the final roster. Recent LSU commit Maurice Hampton (2019, MUS) was also participating.

Hampton played RF one game and CF for the other 4 games. He finished 4 for 18 with 5 strikeouts. He had 1 2B, 2 RBI, and 2 steals. He also had one sac bunt.

Doughty played a different position each game. He saw action at 1B, 2B, 3B, C, LF, and Pitcher. On the mound he threw 3 innings giving up one hit and 5 walks. He struck out 1 and allowed 2 runs. At the plate he went 3 for 12 with two triples. He walked twice and struck out twice, knocked in 2 runs, and stole 2 bases.
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LSU had at least one commit competing the in 15U WWBA tournament currently going on. Here is an update from the event:

Day 6 Notes - LINK
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Catching Brandon and the entire Team Elite staff was Raymond Torres (2019, N.C.). The LSU commit has one of the better arms behind the plate of anyone in his class with impressive accuracy and carry. He receives the ball clean and blocks well with good athleticism. His arm works clean with a quick arm action and gaining ground well into his throws. Though he did not have a hit in Wednesday night’s action, he has barreled the ball throughout the event working all fields.



Within the link are links to other days notes. There were a couple teams from Louisiana participating so there are quite a few Louisiana prospects talked about.


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Two LSU commits from Lafayette were named MaxPreps All Americans recently. Mason Templet (2016, STM) and Nick Webre (2017, Teurlings) were both honored recently. The Advocate
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