A Look At Southeastern Louisiana's 2015 In-State Haul

Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

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Prep Baseball Report Louisiana continues its look at some recruiting classes around the state with the Southeastern Louisiana Lions. Fresh off their 2014 NCAA Regional appearance, after first year head coach Matt Riser led the Lions to a Southland Conference championship, Riser took the positive momentum and landed some of the best in-state talent.

Carlo Graffeo, RHP, St. Paul’s HS
A 2015 right-hander with a 6-foot, 175-pound frame from St. Paul’s High School in Mandeville, LA. Graffeo will pitch at 86-89 mph and has touched 91. He pitches out of high-3/4 arm slot, with an extremely quick arm. There is some effort in the delivery but he has good rhythm and tempo, with a short and clean arm action. Direction is in line, landing square and in an athletic position. The breaking ball has a nice 11/5 shape with hard, late break, and good, tight spin at 74-76. He will flash a changeup at times that has fade action with arm speed staying the same as the fastball. Graffeo is the typical pitchability guy when he has command of his three quality pitches. The breaking ball will be his go-to pitch as he advances in the game, allowing him to project as middle to late reliever at the next level. 

Kolten Kendrick, 1B/3B, Loranger HS
A 6-foot-2, 205-pound first baseman from Loranger HS, Kendrick has put up big power numbers over the last few seasons. Big strong physical left-handed hitter with rotational power. Has shown big time pull power, creates some good leverage and lift. Hits towering homers with backspin, will need to shorten the path up as he advances, but the ball explodes off his barrel. Hit .414 with 13 homers and 63 RBIs as a junior.

Corey Gaconi, RHP, Brother Martin HS
A 6-foot-4, 210-pound right-hander from Brother Martin HS, Gaconi has had a decorated high school career for Brother Martin. A strike thrower, Gaconi has seen a recent jump in velocity and overall stuff. During the fall he sat 83-85 and touched 87 with some angle toward the plate.  Breaking ball is a developing pitch with 11/5 shape, spins OK at times, with some depth. Showed a decent feel for a cutter/slider that could develop into a nice pitch down the road if the spin gets tighter and velocity increases. Could become a very nice college arm if the secondary pitches continue to improve to supplement the strike throwing ability with a fastball that has some velocity and angle now.

Bryce Tassin, RHP, Walker HS
A 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-hander from Walker HS, Tassin will sit 87-89 and has touched 91 with angle and life. The breaking ball is a developing pitch in the slider mold, spins well, with velocity (75-77), and depth.  Fairly raw overall product with tremendous upside.

Evan Pace, C, Zachary HS
A 6-foot-1, 170-pound catcher from Zachary HS, Pace is extremely defensive. Shows good mobility, athleticism, feel and instincts for the game, and also plus arm strength (1.9-second pop time). Developing as a hitter, not much pop in the bat, contact guy, handles the bat very well, finds a way to be productive offensively, a “team at-bat” type of offensive player.

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