PBR Louisiana Future Games - Infielders Analysis


Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

The Prep Baseball Report Future Games took place at the first-class Lakepoint Sports Complex in Emerson, GA.  The top uncommitted prospects in the 2023 and 2024 graduating classes had the opportunity to compete in a showcase style workout and three games, in front of over 300 college coaches, against more than 30 states, as well as Canada.  Familiar faces in the baseball circuit continued to show their skills, while new names made their mark and increased their stock.  Louisiana finished the event 2-1, with wins against Missouri and Arkansas, as well as a 10-7 loss against a super talented Texas club.  Below, we take a look at the performances of the infielders from the Future Games.

 

-2023 3B/1B Reid Snider (St. Louis HS):  The physical 6'3" 195 lbs. corner infielder made the most of his Future Games appearance by collecting 4 hits and 4 RBI's over three games.  Two of Snider's hits were doubles, but his most impressive at-bat, was against Texas, where he hit a HR to LF that registered 101 mph off the bat.  Snider was recently named to the All Future Games Team and has received a ton of interest from schools for his performance.

-2024 1B Trey Hawsey (West Monroe HS):  Hawsey made a name for himself during the spring high school season, as he finished the year hitting in the four hole, behind LSU commit 2021 OF Josh Pearson.  The physical LHH probably had the worst luck of any of the Louisiana position players at the plate, as he hit several balls with 90+ mph exit velocities right at fielders.  He continued to show that he can play around the bag at first base, as well, working to pick up his infielders on inaccurate throws.  

-2024 UTIL John Pearson (West Monroe HS):  The youngest of the three Pearson brothers; John picked up right where he left off at the 2020 Junior Future Games.  He began his 2021 Future Games by blistering a ball to RCF for a double and made loud contact all week.  However, Pearson's running ability, was perhaps the most impressive part of his game that he showed off.  He posted a respectable 7.20 in the 60, which should continue to tick down over the next couple of years and against Arkansas, in Game 2, he took third base on a double, after he saw that the throw in from the outfield was off line.  We fully expect Pearson to be one of the first 2024's off the board soon.

-2024 SS Owen Galt (Barbe HS):  Galt served as Class 5A State Champion Barbe's SS when LSU Commit Gavin Guidry took the mound this past spring.  He flashed off advanced actions in the infield, all week, at all three infield positions, and made a couple of "heads up" plays as well.  One in particular, was on a relay throw from the OF to gun down a runner at third base.  His offense will continue to improve as he gains strength, but his ability to stick at SS, will be attractive to colleges moving forward.

-2024 SS Kasen Bellard (Barbe HS):  A member of the 2020 Junior Future Games Louisiana squad; Bellard was one of the top hitters at last summer's event, and showed well again this year.  He took really good at-bats that included two sacrifice flies to score fellow Barbe Buc teammate Owen Galt.  In Game 1, against Missouri, he squared up a double to LCF as well.  He also made all the plays in the field during the week, showing that he has a reliable glove at multiple infield positions.  Look for Bellard to play a big role for Barbe next season.

-2023 SS Jake Smith (Rosepine HS):  The 2021 Class 2A State Champion was one of the players we were excited to see on the big stage and he didn't disappoint.  Smith "answered the bell" when it comes to hitting high-level pitching, as he collected multiple hits during the Future Games.  He also posted personal bests in the 60 yard dash at 7.20 and max exit velocity of 91 mph.  On defense, he continued to be "steady eddy" in the field, making all of the routine plays with ease.  The Rosepine product is another guy we expect to be uncommitted for not too long.

-2023 SS Samuel Ardoin (Sam Houston HS):  The last to come in the Ardoin baseball family; Sam may have the most projection out of the bunch.  Standing in at 6'2" 160 lbs. with a lean, wiry, and athletic frame; Ardoin will continue to add strength as he matures.  Turned in a 7.11 in the 60 which will continue to improve, as well as a max exit velocity of 90 mph.  His RHH stroke is simple and repeatable and he flashed some power potential by squaring a ball up to dead CF that was caught at the warning track.  Ardoin is already starting to catch the eyes of college recruiters and that will not slow down as he continues to mature. 

-2024 SS/RHP Trip Dobson (Catholic BR HS):  Dobson hails from powerhouse Catholic BR and looks to be the next great one out of the school's storied program.  6'1" 185 lbs. physical and athletic frame; Dobson has the makings of being a middle of the order bat at the next level.  Recorded a personal best max exit velocity of 92 mph during the workout portion of the week and his swing was very fluid with really good rotation of his lower half to turn the barrel.  Like all of the Louisiana infielders, Dobson showed the ability to play all three infield spots; something that is only helping his stock with recruiters at the next level.