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Updated Class Of 2018 Rankings Released


Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

It’s been several months since the last update to the Class of 2018 rankings, and as we head into the winter, the list has been expanded and adjusted. There has been plenty of shakeup throughout the list, which has now been expanded to 175 players.

Now that the Prep Baseball Report Louisiana 2017 event schedule has concluded, our scouting staff will be scouring through our notes from the past several months of events, tournaments, and games, as we begin to dust off and polish up the Louisiana rankings in each class. So, be sure to check-in frequently, as there will be plenty of content coming in the weeks and months to come, leading up to our 2018 winter event schedule, and ultimately the upcoming prep season.

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Below are a few highlights in the updated class of 2018 rankings:

Landon Marceaux RHP / Destrehan, LA / 2018

The Louisiana State recruit maintains his status atop the Louisiana class of 2018 rankings, as the 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander had a wildly successful summer, ultimately making the USA 18U National Team. While Marceaux doesn't flash premium velocity, he very well may be the most polished right-hander in the entire 2018 class. His fastball command is highly advanced, as he spots his fastball to both sides of the plate, seemingly playing a leisurely game of catch at 90-91. When Marceaux wants a little more, he can tick up to 93 mph. His fastball also has late arm-side life through the zone. Beyond his fastball command, he has an advanced 77-78 mph curveball with 12/6 shape and depth, as well as an 83-84 changeup with fastball arm action out of the same window. He's extremely relaxed and composed on the mound, and repeats his athletic delivery and throws a high-volume of strikes with three pitches.

Gavin Dugas SS / Houma Christian , LA / 2018

A Louisiana State recruit, Dugas checks in at No. 4 in the updated Louisiana class of 2018 rankings, after the 5-foot-9, 180-pound infielder put on an absolute display at November’s All-State Games. Dugas has a strong, athletic build with defined strength in his wrists and forearms, and a powerful, explosive lower half. An explosive athlete, Dugas posted a blazing 6.50 60-yard dash at the event, as well as an eye-opening 102 mph exit velocity. Additionally, Dugas has developed significantly over the last few years as a defender, improving his arm strength the infield from 74 mph early in his career, to 88 mph this past month.

Chance Stone 3B / RHP / Sulphur, LA / 2018

A Louisiana-Lafayette recruit, Stone has been a staple near the top of the 2018 rankings, however, he jumps to No. 5 in this updated list after an electric performance at November's All-State Games. The strong, athletic 6-foot, 185-pound right-hander pitched 89-91 mph with his fastball that showed life in the zone, which he commanded well in the outing. Stone has always been able to spin the baseball, and the uptick in his fastball velocity only increased the potential of his breaking ball developing into a premium pitch as he advances in the game. The breaking ball spins tightly, showing quality 11/5 shape with depth, sharpness, and late break.

Destin Dotson LHP / Scotlandville Magnet, LA / 2018

Perhaps the biggest riser in the updated list, is the uncommitted 6-foot-7, 225-pound left-hander, who climbs to No. 13 in the latest update. Dotson possess the projection many evaluators in the industry love with his long, athletic frame. In his All-State Games outing, he showed a long, loose arm action into high-3/4 release with quick arm speed and regular effort, running his fastball up to 91 mph. Although still a relatively raw product on the mound, interest from both, scouts and recruiters, has heated up recently, as the southpaw has shown an uptick in velocity, as well as overall polish on the mound.

 

Below is a look at the top updated top 20 of the updated Louisiana 2018 rankings:

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

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