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Updated Class Of 2016 Louisiana Player Rankings

Trey Sofio
Louisiana Scouting Director

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With yesterday’s release of the Updated Overall Class of 2016 Rankings, Prep Baseball Report Louisiana is pleased to unveil the updated Louisiana class of 2016 rankings.

With the conclusion of the fall season that included a trip to the WWBA in Jupiter, numerous visits to the premier select programs this fall, the Prospect ID Showcase in September, the Unsigned Senior Showcase in October and of course, the premier event in Louisiana the PreSeason All-State Games, PBR-Louisiana has compiled its notes and data to update the class of 2016 rankings.

Let’s dive into the rankings and see the shakeups.

+ Zach Watson and Keelyn Johnson are perhaps the biggest risers after both made loud statements this fall. Watson perhaps has the biggest carry tool of any amateur player in Louisiana, in his foot speed, and it could skyrocket him up draft boards come June. He climbs all the way to number 2, just behind Jake Slaughter, who held on to his number 1 ranking after posting a 6.66 60 yard dash at the PreSeason All-State Games. Johnson was a relatively unknown prospect heading into the summer and has slowly climbed up the rankings since last spring, and finds himself all the way up to number 5 after impressive showings in Jupiter, as well as the PreSeason All-State Games where he posted a pop time of 1.8 and an exit velocity of 92 mph.

+ Another climber is RHP Haden Erbe, another rather unknown prospect heading into the fall, the Louisiana-Lafayette recruit ran his fastball up to 92 mph this past Saturday and possess an athletic 6-foot-3 frame.

+ Louisiana State gets commitments from 6 of the top 10. Joining Slaughter, Watson, and Johnson are SS Josh Smith(Number 4), LHP Blair Frederick(Number 7), and RHP Matthew Beck(Number 8).

+Tulane pulls a pair of Brother Martin prospects who join HS teammate, Blair Frederick, in the top 10. INF Michael Kirsch comes in at number 6 after posting an eye opening 6.51 60 yard dash. 6-foot-8 RHP Keagan Gillies comes in at number 10, as he possess a fastball that touches 91 mph and a solid breaking ball with spin and depth.

+ A few unsigned seniors make big rises in C Cain Castille(Number 16), RHP Connor Maginnis(Number 33) and C CJ Estave(Number 45).

+ Recent Nicholls State recruit, LHP Zach Autin jumps all the way to number 41.

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Below is a look at the Top Ten, to see the entire class of 2016 rankings, click here.

Rank Name State School Class Pos Commitment
1 Jake Slaughter LA Ouachita Christian 2016 SS Louisiana State
2 Zachary Watson LA West Ouachita 2016 SS Louisiana State
3 Ryan Reynolds LA Ouachita Christian 2016 2B Texas
4 Josh Smith LA Catholic (BR) 2016 SS Louisiana State
5 Keelyn Johnson LA Pineville 2016 C Louisiana State
6 Michael Kirsch LA Brother Martin 2016 SS Tulane
7 Blair Frederick LA Brother Martin 2016 LHP Louisiana State
8 Matthew Beck LA Alexandria Senior 2016 RHP Louisiana State
9 Haden Erbe LA Crowley 2016 RHP Louisiana Lafayette
10 Keagan Gillies LA Brother Martin 2016 RHP Tulane

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