Prep Baseball Report

Baton Rouge Preseason ID: Quick Hits

Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

Zachary, LA - Our second event of the new year was held this past Saturday January 20, 2024 at the Zachary Youth Park with our Baton Rouge Preseason ID.  This event consisted of uncommitted high school prospects in the 2024-2027 classes.  Today, we continue our post-event coverage of the event with another edition of Quick Hits, which focuses on some of the prospects that caught our eye.  Be sure to follow us, on all of our social media platforms, for continued coverage of the Baton Rouge Preseason ID!


+ 2025 C Andrew Clapinski (Catholic BR HS)

A consummate in-game performer each time that we see him; Clapinski shined again on Saturday by taking arguably the best BP round on the day.  On time and extremely accurate with the barrel, the uncommitted backstop drove the ball to all fields with a max exit velocity of 92 mph.  

+ 2025 OF Chase Harris (Catholic BR HS)

One of the more intriguing prospects from the Knights Knation Showkase the previous weekend; Harris turned in another noteworthy performance on Saturday.  He's a really good athlete and runner, as evidenced by his event-best 6.63 laser-timed 60 in less than ideal conditions.  Harris also showed a good arm from the OF up to 86 mph.  Offensively, he worked mostly to the pull-side with a simple and quiet set-up.  The uncommitted junior OF will definitely be a follow of ours moving forward.

+ 2025 RHP Jake Tompkins Jr. (Catholic BR HS)

The last time that we saw Tompkins was at our Top Prospects Games, over a year ago, and it was evident on Saturday that he's put in a lot of work since then.  Noticeably stronger, the uncommitted right-hander worked his FB in the 83-85 mph range and showed good command to both sides of the plate, while landing his secondaries for strikes as well.  

+ 2025 Edward Henriquez (Catholic BR HS)

Athletic 5'11" 175 lbs. frame.  Henriquez took one of the cleanest rounds of infield play on the day, as he showed crips actions with soft hands and accurate arm across the diamond up to 83 mph with backspin and carry.  He also took a solid round of BP, showing the ability to drive the ball up the middle and to the opposite field gap on a line.

+ 2025 OF Davis Emonet (Catholic BR HS)

The Bears have one of, if not, the fastest outfield in the state with Emonet being one of those guys.  The uncommitted junior turned in the second-best 60 of the day at a 6.69, trailing only his teammate Chase Harris, who is also an outfielder.  Emonet took a quality round of BP as well, driving the ball mostly from the middle to the pull-side of the field.


+ 2024 1B Kolby Hunter (Brother Martin HS)

Physical and imposing 6'5" 230 lbs. frame.  Hunter showed off impressive power and bat speed during his BP round that produced loud results.  From more of an upright stance, the uncommitted senior used a controlled and simple load before delivering a heavy barrel to contact that produced exit velocities up to 101.6 mph.


+ 2026 OF Braden Sanders (Zachary HS)

Uber-projectable 6'5" 190 lbs. frame.  Sanders has the build of a wide receiver and carries some tools on the diamond that are easy to dream on.  He showed that he's a good runner, as he posted a 6.86 laser-timed 60.  At the plate, he starts slightly open and uses a toe-tap load, before delivering a direct path to contact and staying flat through extension with a one-handed finish, producing exit velocities up to 91 mph.  The only area of his game that needs some improvement is with his arm, but even right now, there is still a high upside.

+ 2027 RHP/INF Koa Romero (Hahnville HS)

We first saw the freshman prospect at our State Games event last fall and he showed well again on Saturday.  Romero is a two-way prospect that should held the Hahnville varsity team immediately this spring.  At the plate, he keeps a tight and compact turn to contact and showed present pull-side power with exit velocities up to 94.2 mph.  On the mound, he repeats his delivery well and uses a short arm stroke to release the ball from a high 3/4 slot.  His FB worked up to 84 mph with some life through the zone and he also showed aptitude and feel for spin.