Quick Hits: State Games (Underclass Prospects)


Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

The PBR Louisiana staff had a good feeling about what we were going to see at this past Sunday's State Games.  From uncommitted seniors looking to find a home, to rising freshman trying to make a good first impression; there was talent all over Turchin Stadium on Sunday and talent from every single class.  Today, we continue our post-event coverage of the State Games with another edition of Quick Hits, and this piece focuses on the next wave of underclass prospects that stood out in the 2025 and 2026 classes. These were two classes that we were specifically excited about when we looked at the final State Games roster. The future of baseball in Louisiana is bright, as many of these young prospects will blossom over the next couple of years into bonafide difference makers for their high school programs. Let's take a look at the underclassmen who stood out below! Underclass Prospects

 

 

Underclass Prospects

 

Dominic Pellegrin SS / 2B / Holy Cross, LA / 2026

We had heard a lot of good things about the freshman shortstop ahead of the State Games, and it was a pleasure to sit back and watch him play last Sunday. It’s easy to see why Pellegrin was a fixture in the Holy Cross lineup last spring as an 8th grader. His overall tool set is still developing, as is his athletic and lean 5’9” frame that will continue to add strength as he matures. Pellegrin had a clean defensive workout and made several nice plays, including a 4-6-3 double play. At the plate, he didn’t collect any hits, but did have a loud out on a line drive to centerfield. Pellegrin plays with a quiet confidence and demeanor, and his stock should only continue to rise over the next couple of years as his tool set catches up with his gritty and hard nosed style of play. 

 

 

Noah Lewis OF / 3B / Catholic High, LA / 2025

The 6’2” 185 lbs. right-handed hitting prospect out of Catholic High displayed some of the best overall tools at this year’s State Games. Lewis started his day off by posting a 6.59 laser timed 60, which finishes for 2nd best at the State Games to his teammate Brooks Wright. During batting practice, Lewis took a very controlled round, as he stayed up the middle and to the opposite field with a line drive approach. He showed a flat path to contact with level extension while recording a max exit velocity of 90 mph. The power numbers should tick up some as he continues to refine his swing and mature. Lewis looks to have the makings of being another high level prospect out of Catholic High and will be a close follow of ours going forward. 

 

 

Braylen Montgomery OF / RHP / Walker, LA / 2026

A projectable 6’3” 175 lbs. frame with long limbs; Montgomery is hard to miss on the field. Already a really good runner, he posted a 6.88 laser timed 60 on Sunday, and also showed good arm strength from the outfield with an 86 mph positional velocity. At the plate, he’s still a bit raw, just like most freshman, but he displayed some of the highest upside of the day. The Walker High product showed quick hands to contact with current pull-side power that resulted in a 94 mph max exit velocity. Montgomery showed on Sunday that he’s one of the top prospects in Louisiana’s 2026 class and should be a must follow for coaches moving forward. 

 

 

Jude Weller RHP / 3B / Live Oak, LA / 2025

Weller was a member of our Junior Future Games team in both 2020 as a 13U player and in 2021 as a 14U player. At the time, he showed an advanced understand of pitching by locating his fastball to both the glove side and arm side, as well as up and down, while mixing in a quality changeup with late fading action. Fast-forward to this past Sunday, and Weller had not only shown a jump in velocity, but he’s also developed a solid curveball and slider to add to his repertoire. Weller worked his FB in the 83-86 mph range and showed that same command that made him successful two years ago, as he now has a true starter’s arsenal at his disposal. A couple of days after the State Games, Weller announced his verbal commitment to Coach Uhlman and the Green Wave. 

 

 

Jacob Froehlich 3B / OF / St. Thomas More, LA / 2025

Physical 6’2” 200 lbs. frame. It had been a few of months since we had last seen Froehlich and the uncommitted prospect out of St. Thomas More showed his immense upside both as a hitter and as a pitcher. First, he showed well above average arm strength for a sophomore by posting a 91 mph positional velocity from the outfield. During BP, Froehlich sent a couple of majestic shots at Turch Stadium, showing big time pull-side power with a max exit velocity of 98 mph, which was good for 5th best on Sunday. During Game 1, he smoked an opposite field double on a first pitch changeup. He then finished off his State Games appearance on the mound by running his FB up to 89 mph, while mixing in a downer 72-74 mph breaking ball. Another must follow two-way prospect in the 2025 class. 

 

 

 

 

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