Baseball is an integral part of my life. I have been in love with the game for as long as I can remember. I have been playing since I was five years old. From the ages of seven to thirteen, I played for Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association, I made the all-star team eight straight years and was able to play seven years. Our team won seven consecutive district championships with out ever losing a district game. We won two state championships two state runners up, and earned four southeast regional births. We placed second in the region in the year 2016. I began playing travel baseball at the age of ten, and have consistently made the top team in my class at some of the most prestigious baseball academies in the Richmond area. I made the Mills E. Godwin JV baseball team as a freshman and made Varsity as a sophomore. Not only have I played baseball for most of my life, I also play football in the fall. Playing multiple sports has made me a well rounded athlete, and taught me to appreciate the values of hard work. I will bring strong leadership qualities, relentless work ethic and positive attitude to your team. I can't wait for the opportunity to further my academic and athletic experience at a school that will allow me to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing college baseball.
From my coach:
- Easily one of the most competitive players I have ever coached in 25 years. It’s not that he likes winning, but he detests losing. It is not in his vocabulary.
- A natural leader. Voted on by his teammates two years in a row to be a captain speaks volumes. He is a coach on the field. Understands the “big picture” of the game.
- That competitiveness he has translates well to his presence on the mound. Will not give in to the hitter. Can work forward or backwards on the hitter
- Can throw all pitches for a strike. Does not matter what the count is, he will throw the pitch called for in the situation. Ice water in his veins. Steely demeanor. Great body language.
- Can hit for average and for power. Executes the at bat as what is need in the situation.
- Wants to be in the big spot. Wants to have the AB with the game on the line. Wants the ball hit to him in a crucial situation. Wants to be on the mound for the last out. Winner.
- Needs to work on hitting the ball the other way. As a lefty, he relies on pulling the ball too much. Use the whole field and hit where ball is pitched.
- Work on footwork. Ladder work. Agility. Side-to-side movement.
- Total arm care. Luke will log many innings because he is always around the plate. Create a plan: Run after throwing. Ice and Advil the day of. Bandwork and stretching to get the most out of his arm and recover quicker/better.
I would pick Luke first if I was creating a team. Five tool player. Leader. Competitor. Really happy for him and I will be watching.