Prep Baseball Report

PBR Louisiana Rankings Release - 2024 Class

Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

One of our biggest goals this spring was to promote high school players as much as possible across our state with college coaches being unable to get out and recruit until June 1.  One of our next biggest objectives was to see as many players from the 2024 class, which is often hard to do, because it is tough to play as a freshman at the varsity level.  However, with this class, we were able to get eyes on quite a few promising 2024 prospects, which says a lot about this class and the talent up and down the board.  Below, we release our initial 2024 rankings that includes 50 players, as well as a deeper look at five names to know heading into the summer season. 


The Top 5

2024 RHP/SS Landon Victorian (Barbe H.S.)
Victorian came in at #15 in our updated and expanded national rankings release for the 2024 class, so it should be of no surprise that he comes in at #1 in our state rankings.  6'2" long, lean, projectable frame with plenty of room to add strength; the RHP saw valuable time on the mound for powerhouse Barbe this spring and even tossed a no-hitter against South Beauregard.  FB has been up to 89 mph this season, sitting 85-88 mph, to go along with a 72-75 mph "slurve" shaped breaking ball.  Victorian has played SS, but is really a "utility" guy because he can play almost anywhere on the diamond, which bodes well for him and Barbe, as it provides the team versatility and flexibility with the lineup for the next 3 years.   

2024 LHP/1B Grayden Harris (Central H.S.)
Garnering playing time as a freshman, at a 5A high school, is tough and Harris not only managed to earn playing time, but he carved out a spot in the rotation for Central High School, who was a Class 5A Quarterfinalist.  The southpaw has a projectable 6'0" lean frame with more physicality and strength to come as he matures.  Last time we saw Harris, his FB sat in the low 80's, however, that was in cold weather in January and we expect that to tick up a bit this summer.  The "pitchability" was what jumped out for a freshman, as he was able to locate his FB to both sides of the plate, mixing in a near "12-6" shaped CB and a CH.

2024 LHP/OF Bryson Pierce (Benton H.S.)
Throughout the season, there are always players who make a great first impression upon our first time seeing them.  Bryson Pierce was definitely one of those guys this spring.  We headed north to watch Benton take on Neville and the freshman southpaw was the starting pitcher for Benton.  His 6'1" wiry and projectable frame was the first thing that stood out, as well as his "twitchy" and athletic movements.  On a cold night, he worked his FB up to 85 mph, sitting 82-84 mph throughout the contest.  At times, he struggled with control, but that is something that should clean up as he continues to mature.  His breaking ball had above average spin and depth and has the chance to be a true out pitch in the future.  

2024 SS/RHP Griffin Hebert (Sam Houston H.S.)
Gritty, hard-nosed, and "gamer" are the words that come to mind when describing freshman Griffin Hebert.  He started the season out as a role player for the Broncos, filling in at all three infield spots and even jumping on the mound occasionally.  Hebert worked himself into the lineup in the back half of district play and finished the year as the starting 3B for Sam Houston.  The LHH has a simple and compact stroke with some sneaky pop for a freshman that will continue to increase as he gets stronger.  During their semifinal matchup with Barbe and 2021 RHP Jack Walker (Mississippi State Signee), Hebert took the great at-bats on a big stage and on a night where Walker was dominant.  Recruiters will love his offensive approach, coupled with his high motor style of play.

2024 SS/RHP Owen Galt (Barbe H.S.)

A member of the 2020 Junior Future Games team; Galt enjoyed a successful freshman campaign for powerhouse Barbe.  Galt saw time at 3B, SS, and on the mound for the Bucs and cemented himself as the SS when Junior Gavin Guidry (LSU Commit) was on the mound.  Defense comes first with Galt, as he should be a guy that can stick at SS at the next level thanks to his advanced footwork and soft hands up the middle.  At the plate, he's a contact hitter, at the moment, with a direct bat path; working balls through the middle of the field.  As with most freshman, we expect more pop to come as he adds strength and physicality to his wiry and athletic frame.