01/12/2018 - 2018 Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Luke is an impressive RHH OF that is entering his junior spring. At 6'3/190 lbs, Luke handles the barrel with a combination of power and control. His quick hands and centered balance allow him to generate explosive bat speed through the zone. Defensively, he works aggressively closing in on ground balls and plays through to throw with momentum. He takes good angles to balls and his hands play clean from field, exchange, and throw. Overall - Luke has the complete package, with frame, athleticism, and present tools that play.
06/06/2017 - 2017 Under Armour Showcase: Baseball Factory's National Texas
Luke continues to show a promising future on the diamond with the makings of a special type player at the next level. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now a superior runner at 6.65. In the OF not many balls get down that are hit his way. Transfer exchange is smooth as he zips throws on a line through his target. He has the versatility to play all 3 OF spots effectively. A RHH - he stands in with a solid/strong base and has fluid rhythm to load. Barrel delivery is short/quick with aggression (88 mph exit velocity) as he connects with power driving to all parts of the field.
01/13/2017 - Under Armour All-America Pre-Season Tournament
Luke continues to show improvements and has a promising future on the diamond. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date, now an outstanding runner at 6.98. At the plate is where he continues to show best through an athletic setup. Hands are quick and work inside the ball utilizing all fields. He has strength in his swing with baseball exploding off the bat with gap to gap pop. In the OF, he takes proper routes / angles in tracking down balls. He works to get behind balls, playing through with momentum to his target. Throws display life, accuracy as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. This talented prospect will make things happen when he steps in-between the white lines.
01/15/2016 - Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Luke continues to shine on the diamond. With the bat, this righty shows an athletic setup with good balance. He has fluid rhythm to load, waits for his pitch and swings on a short/direct path. He barrels the ball up with pop and drives it on a line. In the OF, Luke takes good angles and tracks down fly-balls hit to his right and left. He secures the ball with 2-hands and has a smooth transfer to throw. Hammond also got on the mound where he fires a 3-pitch mix. He works to a controlled balance point, has smooth separation and stays directional toward the plate. He works the ball in and out and challenges hitters. This versatile athlete has a ton of upside and projects well. He is one to keep an eye on.
06/15/2015 - National Tryout - Tomball (Houston), TX
Luke has worked hard and molded himself into quite a prospect. With the bat, this strong righty has a balanced setup with a solid base. He gets good hand separation working back into a strong loaded position. Swing is quick to and though the zone as he square the ball up consistently. At 1B, Luke has active footwork and picks out the hops well. He has good bag awareness and can make adjustments to inaccurate throws. In the OF, he takes a quick first step and tracks down fly-balls with speed. Only a 2019 grad - Luke is a talented player who you'll want to keep an eye on over the upcoming years.
01/16/2015 - Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Luke is a talented 2019 grad that showed well in most recent outing at the All-America Pre-Season Rookie tournament. Defensively, Luke showed plus range with efficient feet, good body control and gets the around the ball well, working from left to right. Offensively, Luke hit from a square, soft base with a smooth load. His swing is very balanced with projectable size for a quality top of the order hitter. On the mound, this southpaw presents a tall, lean frame with smooth arm action from the Hi 3/4 slot. Luke sat in the low to mid 70s with his FB and spun off a 2-8 breaker with good control. Overall, Luke projects as a next level, versatile player with the ability to impress college coaches everywhere.
11/15/2014 - Interactive Video Program - Houston, TX
Luke continues to work hard on the diamond. Offensively, this RHH shows a square setup with good balance. He works back into a loaded position with strong bat leverage and he lets the ball travel into the zone. He connects with late explosion driving the ball to the gaps. At 1B, Luke shows fluid footwork as he moves into an athletic fielding position. Hands are soft/sure as he fields the ball cleanly and gathers well. He picks out the correct hops and has good lateral range. On the bump, this LHP has a 3-pitch mix coming from a 3/4 arm slot. He works to a controlled balance point and works in-line toward the dish. FB ranges from 61-64 mph as he fills the zone up with strikes. Breaking ball has 2/8 shape with gradual break. He utilizes his frame and works to stay on top. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
1. Separation to load
2. Lower 1/2 drive
2. Bag footwork
1. Arm strength (long toss)
2. Glove side lead
3. Finish with extension
07/25/2014 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City
Luke is an athletic two way player that plays OF and also pitches. In the OF he fields with sure hands, has a good first step, and works to get behind the ball well. At the plate he has strong balance, good timing, and a level swing. He consistently squared up balls during BP and games with a good up the middle approach. On the mound Luke has the ideal pitchers body and he shows that he knows how to pitch. His fastball has good arm side run with late sink and his curve has good depth. With his mound presence and deception, Luke is a tough at bat for hitters and will continue to be a solid pitcher at the next level.
12/27/2013 - Baseball Factory Winter Classic
Luke is a respectful, coachable young man with very good skills. At first base he displayed good footwork, sound fundamentals and good arm strength. He can improve defensively by working on lateral quickness, long toss to increase arm strength and continue to polish fielding skills. At the plate Luke showed good balance, bat speed/ swing path, and he makes adjustments well. Improvement can be made to his stride/load (get stride foot down sooner), balance, and allowing the ball to travel into the proper hitting zone. Luke is a great kid with an attitude to match and he knows the game. If he continues to work he should be a very good player in the future.