Another left-handed young arm commits to LSU
Ask any baseball coach on the planet regardless of level and they will all tell you the same thing.
You can’t have enough left-handed pitching.
The LSU baseball team continued to pile up quality arms from the left-handed side earlier this year with the commitment of 2026 Texas left-hander Braxton Beaty.
A 5-9, 145-pound high school freshman from Angleton High School, Beatyl committed to the Tigers on January 16th. The offer from LSU was his first official scholarship offer, but he was beginning to receive interest from Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Texas.
“I like to attack hitters with a fastball. I don’t mess around and like to go right after guys. Right now you are probably going to see that 84-87 with run. Then I add a slider which is my second-best pitch right now and that’s around 75-78. I also have an excellent spin rate of around 2500-2600 on my slider. Add to that I have a get-me-over curveball to go along with a change-up that I feel comfortable throwing at any point in the count.”
“I made a visit to Baton Rouge and got to throw with (pitching coach Wes Johnson) back in November,” he said. “At that point in time, I didn’t have an LSU offer. The best part of the visit was that there weren't a lot of people there so I got the chance to have a lot of one-on-one attention with the coaching staff. It was right then that I knew LSU was the place that I wanted to be.
“All the technology and the facilities they have (in Baton Rouge) is simply amazing. This is where I want to be. I got the scholarship offer and committed on the spot. A dream come true. Hard to describe.”
Now in the middle of his first prep baseball season at Angleton High School, Beaty said he has no regrets on committing this early in his prep career.
“The plan was for me to commit early to get this decision off of my shoulders to allow me to enjoy my high school career and life,” Beaty said. “Plain and simple, it allows me to focus on winning. My goal at Angleton is to win a state championship.
“I have the best coaching staff in the country (at LSU) in my back pocket that I can ask questions to and get better and use those suggestions and advice in action at Angleton. I mean Wes Johnson is next level. He fixes a couple of things and uses some technology and the results are immediate.”