Prep Baseball Report

PBR Louisiana Fall Recap: Pitchers (Underclass)

Alex Armand
Louisiana Scouting Director

Our 2023 fall schedule of events have ended, as prospects across the state are now gearing up for the spring high school baseball season.  Our goal this fall was to get out to different parts of the state to identify prospects that have made jumps since the summer, as well as lay eyes on up-and-coming prospects.  We executed two open events this fall with our Lake Charles Fall ID at Barbe High School and our Baton Rouge Fall ID at Catholic (BR) High School.  In addition to those open events, we also had two invite-only events with our Senior Games at LSU-Eunice, which was for uncommitted 2024 prospects and our State Games at LSU, which was comprised of the best and brightest prospects from the state's 2024-2027 classes.  As with every fall season, there were familiar faces who continued to show well, as well as new prospects who really increased their stock.  Today, we take a look back at some of the top pitching prospects that we saw this fall from the state's 2026 and 2027 classes.

PITCHERS (2026 & 2027 CLASS)

+ 2026 RHP Logan Sorrel (Dunham HS)

Projectable 6'3" 180 lbs. frame.  It had been two years since we last saw Sorrel, as a member of our Jr. Future Games team as a 13 year old, and he showed that he's certainly made some significant jumps since then.  The Dunham HS product took the mound on Sunday morning in Game 4 of the State Games and was dominant in two shutout innings of work with 4 K's.  He ran his FB up to 90 mph, sitting 87-89 mph, with exploding life through the zone and spin rates in the 2300-2639 RPM range.  His 78-81 mph SL was sharp with late downward action, and he was able to land it for strikes and bury it with two strikes.  Sorrel's performance cemented himself as the top right-hander in the state's 2026 class and is a name that a lot of college recruiters have circled coming out of the fall.


+ 2026 RHP Hayes Holton (Loranger HS)

Athletic 6'3" 175 lbs. wiry frame with plenty of room to add strength.  The Loranger HS product was the Game 3 starter, under the lights on Saturday night at Alex Box Stadium, and he showed tremendous upside.  Holton is an athletic and easy mover down the slope with a super quick arm.  He sat 86-90 mph with his FB with some cutting action at times, while also showing feel for a mid-70's SL and 78-80 mph CH.  There's likely another jump in velocity coming for Holton, especially as he fills out his frame, which is why he presents a high upside. 

+ 2026 RHP Mills Richardson (Catholic BR HS)

6'1" 160 lbs. long and lean frame.  Richardson is another projectable right-hander coming out of the "arm factory" that is Catholic High School.  The former Future Gamer tossed a clean two innings in Sunday's Game 5 action, collecting a couple of strikeouts along the way.  He worked 81-84 mph with his FB and showed good command to both sides of the plate.  Richardson mixed in a "10-4" shaped 70-74 mph that he landed for strikes, but it was his feel for a late-fading mid-70's CH that really caught our attention.  Both of his strikeouts were obtained using the CH to left-handed hitters, as he was able to deceive them by maintaining the same arm speed as his FB.  


+ 2026 RHP Alexander Harwell (Pearl River HS)

Durable 5'11" 165 lbs. frame with a strong lower-half.  The Pearl River HS product uses a longer arm swing to release the ball from a near over-the-top slot throughout a repeatable delivery.  Harwell sat 81-84 mph with his FB, that played up in the zone, with spin rates of 2350-2492 RPM's.  His 76-79 mph CB, however, is what got us really excited, as it exhibited "11-5" shape with elite spin rates ranging from 2900-3077 RPM's.  Harwell also flashed feel for a 78-79 mph CH, giving him a solid three-pitch mix.


+ 2026 RHP Cole Guidroz (Central BR HS)

5'11" 170 lbs. athletic and wiry frame.  The Central BR HS moves well down the slope and creates some "cross-fire" deception by slightly striding across his body, while releasing the ball from a lower 3/4 slot.  He sat 83-85 mph with his FB, while showing glove-side command down in the zone, which paired well with his low-70's "10-4" shaped CB.  The Wildcats bring back senior southpaw Grayden Harris this spring, but will have to replace a couple of arms from last year's rotation, and Guidroz looks like he can be one of those guys, after his State Games outing.

+ 2026 RHP Jackson Aumiller (St. Louis Catholic HS)

6'0" 170 lbs. durable and sturdy frame.  Aumiller showed upside and promise on the mound.  He used a repeatable delivery with a shorter and compact arm stroke to release the ball from a high 3/4 slot.  His fastball sat in the 80-81 mph range and his two-seamer actually registered higher velocities than his four-seamer, but it was his "11-5" shaped 67-70 mph breaking ball that really caught our eye, as it averaged 2270 RPM's and got up to 2347 RPM's with sharp & late break.  

+ 2026 RHP Henry Beckers (Parkview Baptist HS)

The Parkview Baptist HS product was one of the more interesting athletes on Sunday.  At the plate, Beckers recorded some impressive numbers via Blast Motion with a max rotational acceleration of 40.5 G and an avg. rotational acceleration of 32.8 G, and that translated to the mound. Beckers gets the most out of his 5’10” 155 lbs. frame, as he worked his two-seam heater in the 82-84 mph range, while showing a big, sweeping slider at 67-68 mph with -23.6” of avg. horizontal movement.  He also showed feel for a late-fading low-70’s CH, giving him a 3 pitch mix, which should earn him innings on a loaded Eagles staff this coming spring.

+ 2026 INF/RHP Miller Sheets (Sterlington HS)

6'2" 175 lbs. frame with broad shoulders and a lot of room to tack on weight.  This was the first time that we'd seen the Sterlington HS product at one of our events, since his 7th grade year.  Sheets works from an upright and slightly open stance at the plate with a modified leg kick load and stride, before dropping a direct path to the baseball.  Hitting into a stiff wind, he drove several pitches to the pull-side with a max exit velocity of 95 mph.  He also showed a strong arm across the diamond at 88 mph with backspin and carry.  Sheets also provided a glimpse at his upside on the mound with a heavier FB up to 85 mph with arm-side run with feel for a quality late-fading CH and a developing SL. 

+ 2027 INF/RHP Koa Romero (Hahnville HS)

Physical 5'10" 195 lbs. stout frame.  The Hahnville HS product showed well on the big stage in his first PBR event.  Romero keeps it simple from the left-side of the plate and uses a strong lower-half to turn the barrel aggressively to contact, while staying through the plane of each pitch.  He showed present pull-side power in BP that resulted in a 93 mph max exit velocity, and he competed well in his in game at-bats against some of the better arms that he's faced in his young career.  Romero also offers upside on the mound, as he flashed a FB up to 84 mph with spin rates up to 2543 RPM's. 

The southpaw had one of the best pitching performances at this fall's State Games, and although his "stuff" is still developing, he was able to land all of his pitches for strikes, in any count, while also locating to all quadrants of the strike zone.  Wilson worked in the 75-77 mph range with his FB that had late arm-side run, and he showed the ability to land it to both sides of the plate, against both RHH's and LHH's.  He paired it well with a bigger "1-7" shaped mid-60's CB and a late-fading 68-70 mph CH.  The Sulphur product logged meaningful innings last spring, as a freshman, and with the departures of Jake Brown and Kohl Navarre, we'd expect him to play an even larger role for the Tors in his sophomore campaign.