Prep Baseball Report

Louisiana Rankings Update - 2023 Class

Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

The 2023 class is considered, by most, to be a super talented class at two of the key positions on the diamond in LHP and MIF.  The top 5 remains unchanged with 2023 Kade Anderson (LSU Commit) holding down the #1 spot in the rankings.  We had a chance to see the southpaw against Catholic-BR on opening night, where he collected 10 strikes in 4 IP, giving up 1 hit and 0 runs.  He also recorded two hits at the plate to help his own cause.  2023 Cale Comeaux (Mississippi State Commit), the state’s 2nd ranked prospect, looks to have added some physicality in the off-season and is having a great sophomore campaign.  2023 Trenton Lape (LSU Commit) may have the most raw ability and athleticism in this class.  We saw him run his FB up to 93 mph just a few weeks ago, sitting 89-92 mph.  2023 Jake Brown (LSU Commit) and 2023 JC Vanek (LSU Commit) round out our Top 5.  Both of these southpaws are recovering from arm injuries, but are still helping their teams win ball games with their offense, as Brown plays LF for Sulphur HS and Vanek 1B for Barbe HS.  Below, we take a look at the rest of the rankings and a few guys whose stock is trending up.  


2023 OF Dylan Biddick (Lafayette HS)

The University of Louisiana Commit is the lone newcomer to the Top 10 and for good reason.  Lafayette High has seen their fair share of struggles this season, however, Biddick has been of the positive constants on the club.  The L/L OF has a super simple and balanced stroke with repeatable mechanics at the plate and present gap to gap power.  He has consistently squared up baseballs every time we’ve had the opportunity to see him and is a guy that we will be watching closely moving forward. 


2023 SS/RHP Dylan Thompson (Sam Houston HS)

At the 2020 Future Games, Thompson made a name for himself by showing off soft hands and solid footwork in the infield.  The biggest question was whether or not he would improve some of his tools, namely speed, and he’s definitely done that.  The Texas A&M Commit tacked on 20 lbs. this off-season and it’s evident when you look at Thompson in a uniform.  His 60 time dropped drastically from a 7.50 to a 6.94 and his arm strength increased to 88 mph across the diamond.  There’s a lot to like when you combine those improvements  with his in-game production; hitting in the 3-hole on the 2nd ranked team in Louisiana Class 5A.


2023 OF Daniel Harden (Catholic BR HS)

A true two sport prospect; Harden is a guy that has been talked about a lot since last summer.  Earning playing time as an underclassman at Catholic BR isn’t an easy task, but Harden has managed to do just that.  We’ve had the chance to see him a couple of times this spring; once against Central’s Jimmie Johnson, where he squared up a ball right to the CF and once against Barbe’s Gavin Guidry, where he shortened up and laced a strike single back up the middle.  The tools are evident with Harden and if the production continues, he will continue to rise up the 2023 board.


2023 RHP JR Tollett (Ruston HS)

Production matters in baseball and JR Tollett is having one of the most productive sophomore campaigns in the class.  He currently owns a 6-1 record with 1 save, with his most recent performance being a CG, 3 H shutout over Alexandria HS with 11 K’s and 0 BB’s.  We saw Tollett do the same thing at this fall’s All-State Games.  Pounds the zone with a 82-83 mph sinking fastball and mixing in a sharp slider.  With a projectable 6’2” frame, as the velo ticks up for the sophomore RHP, we expect the recruiting to heat up as well. 


2023 1B/LHP Jackson Legg (Calvary Baptist HS)

Legg impressed our staff over the winter and is having a huge year for Calvary Baptist this spring.  Recently named Athlete of the Week for the Shreveport Times; the sophomore is .412 with a HR, 7 2B’s, and 18 RBI on the season.  On the mound, the southpaw owns a 4-1 record with a 3.86 ERA and 25 K’s.  That is big time production by an underclassmen and is a reason why we will continue to watch Legg very closely as we move into the summer.