Recruiting: Promising 2023 baseball prospect Ashton Larson commits to LSU
Ordinarily, news of a commitment for LSU baseball for 2023 would send just a ripple out in the sports world with (hopefully) football season bearing down on us.
However, Paul Mainieri’s Tigers gained a verbal commit from a 15-year old who looks to possess a great deal of promise.
Ashton Larson, a left-handed pitcher and outfielder out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Overland Park, Kansas made an early commitment to LSU for the 2023 class.
I am very excited to announce that I have decided to verbally commit to Louisiana State University. Before anything else, I’d like to thank God for blessing me with this amazing opportunity. I also thank my parents, sister, coaches and teammates. Geaux Tigers! pic.twitter.com/IuOIoupglK
— Ashton Larson (@Ashton___Larson) July 16, 2020
Entering his sophomore season, he still has a lot of growing to do but the 6-foot, 170 pounder is crafty as a pitcher with a good curve ball throwing in the mid-70’s but expect the velocity to improve since he already shows a fine arm in the outfield.
Larson runs to first base in 7.33 seconds and swings a solid bat. He has a slight leg lift and strides into the pitch as a left-handed batter.
A member of the 2017 USA 12U baseball team that captured the gold medal in the World Baseball Softball Confederation in Taiwan, Larson helped the US beat the home team (Taiwan) 7-2 in front of 11,000 rabid fans. Out of 118 players who tried out for Team USA, only 18 were selected.
Larson may be from the midwest but he has also dreamed of playing baseball at Louisiana State University and becoming an MLB first round pick.
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