Rookie Review: 2023 RHP/OF Luke Horton (Sayre Area)


Ted Williams
Ground Forces

We take a collective look back at players that made their Prep Baseball Report - PA debut at events in 2020 Preseason All-State Tour. 

Luke Horton

Class of 2023 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2023
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Athens Area
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: Keystone State Bombers
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 198lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Pitching
85
Max FB
(06/15/20)
80 - 85
FB
(06/15/20)
69 - 72
CB
(06/10/21)
77 - 79
CH
(02/29/20)
Pitching
Max FB
84
FB
82 - 84
CB
68 - 69
CH
74 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
80 - 84
CB
64 - 69
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
82 - 85
CB
63 - 66
CH
71 - 74
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
80 - 84
CB
69 - 72
Pitching
Max FB
81
FB
80 - 81
CB
61 - 64
CH
69 - 71
Pitching
Max FB
85
FB
80 - 85
CB
57 - 69
CH
70 - 75
Pitching
Max FB
79
FB
78 - 79
CB
68 - 71
CH
77 - 79
Position
6.75
60-yard
(06/15/21)
85
OF Velo
(06/15/20)
97
Exit Velo
(06/15/20)
4.16
H-1st
(02/29/20)
Position
60-yard
7.16
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
6.75
OF Velo
84
Exit Velo
96
Position
60-yard
7.13
OF Velo
83
Exit Velo
94
Position
60-yard
6.99
OF Velo
85
Exit Velo
97
Position
60-yard
6.85
OF Velo
81
H-1st
4.16
Exit Velo
91
Trackman - Fastball
86.0
Velocity (max)
(02/19/22)
82.9 - 85.8
Velo Range
(02/19/22)
83.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/19/22)
2179
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/20)
2030
Spin Rate (avg)
(02/19/22)
24.8
IVB (max)
(08/09/22)
19.9
IVB (avg)
(08/09/22)
16.0
HM (max)
(06/15/21)
11.7
HM (avg)
(06/15/21)
5.8
Extension (avg)
(02/19/22)
5.9
Release Ht (avg)
(02/14/21)
27
Spin Score (max)
(06/15/20)
50
Zone %
(02/19/22)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85.2
Velo Range
82.6 - 84.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.5
Spin Rate (max)
2169
Spin Rate (avg)
2016
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
86
Velo Range
82.9 - 85.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
83.4
Spin Rate (max)
2116
Spin Rate (avg)
2030
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
83.9
Velo Range
81.4 - 83.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
81.4
Spin Rate (max)
2066
Spin Rate (avg)
1939
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
85.2
Velo Range
79.9 - 83.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.7
Spin Rate (max)
2164
Spin Rate (avg)
1983
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
81.4
Velo Range
79.7 - 81.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
77.6
Spin Rate (max)
2061
Spin Rate (avg)
2030
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Fastball
Velocity (max)
84.5
Velo Range
80 - 83.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
80.3
Spin Rate (max)
2179
Spin Rate (avg)
1997
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
76.0
Velocity (max)
(02/19/22)
72.7 - 75.4
Velo Range
(02/19/22)
71.3
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/19/22)
1639
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/21)
1379
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/21)
-12.1
IVB (max)
(02/19/22)
-8.1
IVB (avg)
(02/19/22)
-10.8
HM (max)
(02/19/22)
-7.3
HM (avg)
(02/19/22)
5.1
Extension (avg)
(06/15/20)
6.0
Release Ht (avg)
(02/14/21)
26
Spin Score (max)
(06/15/21)
33
Zone %
(06/15/20)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
76
Velo Range
72.7 - 75.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.3
Spin Rate (max)
1143
Spin Rate (avg)
993
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
68.8
Velo Range
68.1 - 68.7
Eff Velocity (avg)
66.3
Spin Rate (max)
1092
Spin Rate (avg)
1039
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
68.4
Velo Range
63.3 - 67.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
63.7
Spin Rate (max)
1639
Spin Rate (avg)
1379
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
68.1
Velo Range
61 - 66.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
60
Spin Rate (max)
1493
Spin Rate (avg)
1281
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Curveball
Velocity (max)
75
Velo Range
59.9 - 71.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.9
Spin Rate (max)
1446
Spin Rate (avg)
1185
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Slider
73.9
Velocity (max)
(08/09/22)
72.5 - 73.8
Velo Range
(08/09/22)
70.4
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/09/22)
1634
Spin Rate (max)
(08/09/22)
1501
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/09/22)
0.1
IVB (avg)
(08/09/22)
-4.7
HM (max)
(08/09/22)
-1.6
HM (avg)
(08/09/22)
5.0
Extension (avg)
(08/09/22)
5.6
Release Ht (avg)
(08/09/22)
22
Spin Score (max)
(08/09/22)
60
Zone %
(08/09/22)
Trackman - Slider
Velocity (max)
73.9
Velo Range
72.5 - 73.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
70.4
Spin Rate (max)
1634
Spin Rate (avg)
1501
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
77.0
Velocity (max)
(02/19/22)
76.5 - 77.0
Velo Range
(02/19/22)
75.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
(02/19/22)
1934
Spin Rate (max)
(06/15/20)
1760
Spin Rate (avg)
(06/15/20)
20.1
IVB (max)
(06/15/20)
16.6
IVB (avg)
(06/15/21)
15.6
HM (max)
(06/15/20)
15.4
HM (avg)
(06/15/21)
5.7
Extension (avg)
(06/15/21)
6.4
Release Ht (avg)
(06/15/21)
26
Spin Score (max)
(06/15/20)
50
Zone %
(06/15/21)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
77
Velo Range
76.5 - 77
Eff Velocity (avg)
75.2
Spin Rate (max)
1780
Spin Rate (avg)
1716
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
75.2
Velo Range
73.9 - 75.2
Eff Velocity (avg)
73.4
Spin Rate (max)
1691
Spin Rate (avg)
1542
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
74.1
Velo Range
70.9 - 73.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
71.4
Spin Rate (max)
1754
Spin Rate (avg)
1546
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
70.9
Velo Range
68.6 - 70.8
Eff Velocity (avg)
67.1
Spin Rate (max)
1563
Spin Rate (avg)
1553
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - ChangeUp
Velocity (max)
76.5
Velo Range
69.6 - 76.5
Eff Velocity (avg)
72
Spin Rate (max)
1934
Spin Rate (avg)
1760
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Zone %
Trackman - Sinker
81.1
Velocity (max)
(08/09/22)
79.6
Eff Velocity (avg)
(08/09/22)
1814
Spin Rate (max)
(08/09/22)
1814
Spin Rate (avg)
(08/09/22)
13.5
IVB (max)
(08/09/22)
13.5
IVB (avg)
(08/09/22)
14.1
HM (max)
(08/09/22)
14.1
HM (avg)
(08/09/22)
5.7
Extension (avg)
(08/09/22)
5.1
Release Ht (avg)
(08/09/22)
22
Spin Score (max)
(08/09/22)
Trackman - Sinker
Velocity (max)
81.1
Eff Velocity (avg)
79.6
Spin Rate (max)
1814
Spin Rate (avg)
1814
IVB (max)
IVB (avg)
HM (max)
HM (avg)
Extension (avg)
Release Ht (avg)
Spin Score (max)
Trackman - Hitting
97.4
Exit Velocity (max)
(06/15/20)
90.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
(06/15/21)
244
Distance (avg)
(06/15/20)
369
Distance (max)
(02/19/22)
91
Hard Hit %
(06/15/21)
78
Sweet Spot %
(07/28/21)
50
Line Drive %
(02/14/21)
63.6
Fly Ball %
(06/15/20)
55
Ground Ball %
(06/15/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96
Exit Velocity (avg)
88.8
Distance (avg)
226
Distance (max)
369
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
89.6
Distance (avg)
221
Distance (max)
322
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
96.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
89.6
Distance (avg)
221
Distance (max)
322
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95.7
Exit Velocity (avg)
90.7
Distance (avg)
182
Distance (max)
312
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
95.1
Exit Velocity (avg)
87.8
Distance (avg)
151
Distance (max)
359
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Ground Ball %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Velocity (max)
97.4
Exit Velocity (avg)
79.7
Distance (avg)
244
Distance (max)
350
Hard Hit %
Sweet Spot %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Ground Ball %
Blast - Hitting
26.0
Hand Speed (max)
(06/15/20)
22.7
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/14/21)
79.4
Bat Speed (max)
(02/19/22)
76.1
Bat Speed (avg)
(02/14/21)
23.9
Rot. Acc (max)
(06/15/20)
16.2
Rot. Acc (avg)
(02/14/21)
65
On Plane Eff (avg)
(06/15/21)
73
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
(06/15/21)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.3
Hand Speed (avg)
20
Bat Speed (max)
79.4
Bat Speed (avg)
75.5
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
22.8
Hand Speed (avg)
21.4
Bat Speed (max)
75.8
Bat Speed (avg)
73.4
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
MaxOnPlaneEfficiency
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.1
Hand Speed (avg)
22.7
Bat Speed (max)
79
Bat Speed (avg)
76.1
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
26
Hand Speed (avg)
22.1
Bat Speed (max)
78.2
Bat Speed (avg)
73.9
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff (avg)

Vizual_Edge

Visual Skills
82.50
Edge Score
(02/19/22)

Pitch_Scores

Pitch Scores - Fastball
80
Hop+
(06/15/21)
64
Rise+
(06/15/21)
78
Sink+
(06/15/20)
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Fastball
Hop+
Rise+
Sink+
Pitch Scores - Curveball
46
Hammer+
(06/15/21)
66
Sweep+
(06/15/21)
Pitch Scores - Curveball
Hammer+
Sweep+

Scouting Report

PBR-PA DEBUT

      

2020 Preseason All-State NE/Central

 

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

 

FB: 78-79 mph

CB: 68-71 mph

CH: 77 mph

60-yard: 6.85

Bat-exit velocity: 91

OF Velocity: 81

Home-to-first: 4.16


SCOUTING REPORT

 

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound RHP/OF displayed a lot to like in an advanced frame with present athleticism and physicality. The RHH showcased a loud round of batting practice creating easy lift to the pull-side gap while recording a noticeable 91 mph bat-exit velocity. Not to outdo himself, the RHP featured a fastball on the mound that runs up to 79 mph out of a fluid, high ¾ arm-slot showing natural downhill action with athleticism and quickness in the arm swing. Horton showcased the ability to patrol the outfield using a quick first step and loose, athletic actions (6.85 60-yard dash) to gain quality reads, starting the conversation about being a legitimate two-way prospect at the next level.

 

THOUGHTS ON THE FUTURE

"With so much time before he steps onto a college campus, Horton should continue honing skills that are already advanced for his age. By staying flexible while maintaining a solid strength program, the primary right-handed pitcher should only get better, and with improved feel for spin on the curveball, the righty could be an interesting follow on the mound. There is a lot to like with the changeup as it gets occasional late arm-side fade, and a greater separation between fastball and changeup velocity will invite more strikeouts in the future. Overall, the freshman showcased a solid floor for his age with a chance to explode in the coming years."


PLAYER COMPARISON

 

*Many times coaches will ask our staff "Who does he remind you of?" Player "comps" are a popular tool in the scouting/recruiting world and we have decided to add that niche to our feature articles.

2017 RHP/SS Jack Liberatore (Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Ohio University)