2018 Catcher Impressive at MS Elite Showcase

Houston (MS) High School class of 2018 catcher Luke Hancock showed a very impressive arm while participating in the Mississippi Elite Underclassmen Showcase on July 24th.

  • Name: Luke Hancock
  • Classification: 2018
  • Position: Catcher
  • Ht: Wt: 5-foot-10, 160
  • Bats-Throws: L/R
  • High School: Houston (MS) High School
  • Schools of Interest: Mississippi State, Ole Miss

    Hancock showed the elite type arm that you rarely see among high school catchers and he's just now going into the 9th grade at Houston High School. Hancock threw 1.79, 1.80 pop times during the showcase drills. It was the first time that he had thrown those type times.

    "I normally throw a 1.90, 1.93 (pop time)," said Hancock. "I threw that about two weeks ago in Brandon (MS)."

    A great arm is not his only skill behind the plate and on the diamond, though.

    "I am a real good blocker, good receiver and have a good arm," said Hancock. "As a hitter, I batted .330 as an 8th grader (starter) on the varsity. I'm a line drive hitter, although I did hit 1 home run this year. But mostly, I'm a singles, doubles hitter."

    Because defense is such an important part of being a catcher, Hancock realizes he can always get better in that aspect of his game.

    "I'm still trying to get better at blocking because I want to get as good as I can at blocking," said Hancock. "I also want to continue getting my arm stronger."

    Hancock, who could be one of the elite players in the southeast if he continues to develop and improve, has already been noticed by baseball coaches at two of the universities in the state of Mississippi.

    "I've gone to the Ole Miss and Mississippi State camps," said Hancock. "I went to the January (2014) camp. I talked to (assistant) Coach (Nick) Mingione at State and (head) Coach (Mike) Bianco at Ole Miss. Ole Miss told me that I have real good potential and to continue to work hard. Mississippi State said about the same thing, that I have a good work ethic and a good arm."

    He came away impressed with both coaches that he talked to.

    "I liked how nice Coach Mingione was and how he didn't even know me and just came up and talked to me as if I was his friend," said Hancock. "It was the same at Ole Miss."

    Hancock is looking forward to visiting both colleges again in the near future.

    "I hope to go back and visit both schools but I really haven't thought about when I will visit them," he said.

    Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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