Prep Baseball Report

On Deck Preview: 2019 OF Luke Harder (Liverpool)

Jared Carrier
Scouting Director

As we turn the corner into fall we take a look at some of our attendees for our final three events, starting with the Big Apple Preview to be held in Staten Island on Columbus Day. Today we highlight an outfielder from central New York, 2019 Luke Harder from Liverpool HS. 

Luke Harder

Class of 2019 / OF

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: OF
    Secondary Position: LHP
  • High School: Liverpool
    State: NY
  • Summer Team: Baseball U-NY
  • Height: 5-10
    Weight: 180lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L


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On deck preview

Preseason All-State (February 20, 2017)

Harder stands in at 5-foot-9, 160-pounds with a lean athletic frame. Ran a
7.25 – 60. Offensively- Lefty sets up square to the pitcher with his feet just outside his shoulders. Knees are slightly bent with an upright torso. Holds his hands just in front of the back shoulder showing little pre-pitch bat movement prior to delivery. On pitch his trigger is a inward knee raise into his back leg to stride forward while his hands move back slightly into his hitting position. Could use more of a trigger with the hands here to get more action into the swing thus allow the bat to generate more velocity. Bat head is level throughout the hitting zone into an aggressive high two handed finish. Good lower body rotation getting whole frame involved with swing. Recorded an exit velocity of 78 MPH. Spread his line drives around during his round; swings with intent. Defensively- Shows quick footwork to get to baseball. Could gain more ground towards intended target with the crow hop to help with velocity and accuracy of the throw. Arm action is good with a ¾ slot and carry. Will get better with more reps and strength development. Recorded a positional arm velocity of 79 MPH.

"It's been nearly 8 months since we've last seen Harder. The lefty hitter showed us then that he has a compact stroke that produces line drive results. The tools are there to where he should be able to start peppering the gaps. Also a left-handed thrower, he was 79 MPH from the OF indoors in February, we're expecting a bump here. Love the aggression in his approach and quick release. Harder should take a step forward in being a next level player, especially if his 60 time drops closer to the 7.0 range. Looking forward to seeing him again."

Looking to join Luke Monday in Staten Island? Click on the image below: