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California flame thrower headed to TigerTown

You aren’t supposed to be able to do the things Reagan Ricken can do at his age on the baseball field.

But, boy is Jay Johnson and the rest of the LSU staff happy to have secured his verbal commitment.

(self-scouting report) “I have a perfect frame to pitch and I have more room to grow. I have a four seam fastball, topping out at 95, that moves all over the place with a lot of run. My curveball breaks like 20 feet. I don’t want to make myself sound super duper, but it does. I have a curveball and a slider that are two completely different pitches. They both move differently. The slider is upper 80’s and the curveball is low 80’s, high 70’s. I also have a change-up too.

“I just want to continue to grow stronger and gain more velocity on all my pitches. It’s all about working on my craft.”

One of the hardest throwers in the Class of 2025, the 6-5, 220-pound right-hander out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, California chose the Tigers over offers from Oregon and Southern California.

“Coach Johnson actually never saw me play until the Area Code games, but right after that is when I started talking to him,” Ricken said. “I think he had a pretty good sense of who I was because of me playing with another LSU commit, 2025 commit Vaughn Neckar.

“I was sold on LSU during my official visit without question. I truly felt like I was part of a family when I was down in Baton Rouge (during the LSU-Auburn football weekend). It was my first ever trip to Baton Rouge and I just felt like I was at home compared to all the other schools that I visited. When you are there and in it, you can tell why it’s the best college baseball program in the country. The coaching staff there is unreal. Mix that with playing baseball in the best conference in the country and I just knew that this was the best place for me to grow as a baseball player.”

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