Prep Baseball Report

Updated Class Of 2018 Rankings

Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

It has been a busy four-plus months since the last official update to the Louisiana class of 2018 rankings. Today the list extends to 150 prospects, as the spring and summer season allowed the Prep Baseball Report scouting staff to track down emerging talent at high school games, tournaments and showcases.

The top of the class largely remains the same as Louisiana State recruit RHP Landon Marceaux (Destrehan) once again leads the way in Louisiana, after his outstanding performance at the Tournament of Stars. Although lacking in proto-typical size for a high school pitching prospect, Marceaux is a treat to watch. He has shown premium pitchability with feel and command for a devastating arsenal of pitches. To boot, his performance in Cary this past week should place him in contention for a roster spot on the 18U National Team.

2018 C CJ Willis (Ruston) checks in as the top position player in Louisiana’s 2018 class. Willis has continued to show a premium hit tool on the national stage, and will undoubtedly be heavily scouted by Major League Baseball throughout the next eleven months. One of the top uncommitted players in the country, Willis is commanding a lot of attention on the recruiting trail, as some of the top programs in the country are battling it out for his commitment.

Mississippi State recruit, OF Basiel Williams (Ponchatoula) checks in at No. 3, as the toolsy outfielder has has shown development in his overall game this summer. An extremely projectable 6-foot-3 frame, the switch-hitting future Bulldog has flashed some power from the left-side this summer, which should intrigue the scouting community over the next several months.

Rounding out the top five are Louisiana State recruits, IF Gavin Dugas (Houma Christian) and RHP/IF Will Ripoll (John Curtis). Both of the future Tigers saw limited action during the spring season, because of injury and transfer eligibility, but have gotten themselves right back on track thus far this summer. Dugas has significantly improved defensively, and could very well remain an infielder as he progresses in his career. However, the combination of foot-speed and hitting ability Dugas has shown, should create opportunity for position versatility in the future. After moving from Texas last summer, Ripoll was forced to sit out this spring, but has picked up right where he left off on the mound. A potential two-way player, Ripoll is an athletic strike-thrower, runs his fastball up to 90 mph, and has feel for a tight spinning slider with potential to be a legitimate out-pitch down the road.

Tulane recruits, 1B Cade Beloso (John Curtis) and OF Logan Stevens (John Curtis) remain in the top ten. Beloso was a First Team All-State selection by the Prep Baseball Report, after one of the more dominating offensive seasons in recent memory for a high school junior in the state of Louisiana.

Rounding out the top ten, Nicholls State recruit, OF Mason Turner (Terrebonne) significantly rises in the rankings, checking in at No. 8. The future Colonel has been outstanding to this point in the summer, showing off a much improved hit tool, adding to his established athleticism and arm strength from the outfield. Southeastern Louisiana recruit, OF Zane Zeppuhar (St. Amant) and Louisiana-Lafayette recruit, RHP/IF Chance Stone (Sulphur) round out the top ten, at No. 9 and 10, respectively.

RHP Grant Upton (University Lab) is the biggest riser in the updated list, checking in at No. 11. The physical 6-foot-3 right-hander has been up to 88 mph this summer, and has flashed an ability to spin a quality breaking ball.

A standout at the ArkLaTex Open this past weekend, C/RHP Conner Wyly (Neville) is another a big riser, all the way up to No. 21. Wyly continued to show catch and throw skills on Thursday, as well as putting together one of the best rounds of batting practice at the event. Used primarily as a reliever this spring, Wyly displayed quality stuff on the mound, running his fastball up to 89 mph.

Two standouts from June’s Top Prospect Games also make significant jumps in the updated rankings. RHP/IF Matthew Barthelemey (Belle Chase) checks in at No. 25, after he showed quality athleticism, and arm strength at the event. OF River Town (Zachary) had a wildly successful spring season, helping the Broncos reach the semi-finals in class 5A. Town also showed well at the Top Prospect Games, posting a 6.82 60-yard dash time, and climbs to No. 27 in the updated list.

To see the complete updated 2018 rankings, CLICK HERE.

Here is a look at the Top 20 in Louisiana’s 2018 class>>

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Landon Marceaux LA Destrehan 2018 RHP Louisiana State
2 CJ Willis LA Ruston 2018 C
3 Basiel Williams LA Ponchatoula 2018 OF Mississippi State
4 Gavin Dugas LA Houma Christian 2018 SS Louisiana State
5 Will Ripoll LA John Curtis 2018 RHP Louisiana State
6 Cade Beloso LA John Curtis 2018 1B Tulane
7 Logan Stevens LA John Curtis 2018 OF Tulane
8 Mason Turner LA Terrebonne 2018 OF Nicholls State
9 Zane Zeppuhar LA St Amant 2018 OF Southeastern Louisiana
10 Chance Stone LA Sulphur 2018 3B Louisiana-Lafayette
11 Grant Upton LA University Lab 2018 RHP
12 Slade Bolden LA West Monroe 2018 OF
13 Jerry Couch LA Evangel Christian Academy 2018 RHP
14 Dylan Coburn LA Tioga 2018 RHP Southeastern Louisiana
15 Antonio Gauthier LA Barbe 2018 3B McNeese State
16 Bryan Lawerence LA Barbe 2018 SS Louisiana State
17 Luke Honeycutt LA West Ouachita 2018 RHP
18 Alex Egan LA St. Thomas Aquinas 2018 RHP
19 Jordin LaBruzza LA John Curtis 2018 2B
20 Champ Artigues LA St. Thomas Aquinas 2018 SS Louisiana Tech

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