So often in the Valley League. scouts have to project what a player might grow into, physically, in the future. That is definitely not the case for our 7th best hitter in the 2017 Valley League season, Luc Lipcius.
Luc, listed at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, is a big, wide-shouldered, barrel-chested young man. There is no doubt that he will have the physique to play pro ball, as he inhabits that physique already. He’s also pretty advanced for a true freshman as well, since he played in 33 games for the Tennessee Volunteers, in the SEC, during the 2017 college season.
But he doesn’t only have the physique- he has the skill as well. Here is his line for Front Royal this summer:
Luc finished 7th in the league in OPS, 8th in on-base percentage, 8th in slugging percentage, tied for 6th in home runs, tied for 7th in doubles, was named to the All-Valley League 2nd team at first base, and was named the 5th best prospect in the league by Baseball America.
He was the hitter of the day twice, and his best game was on June 26th, when he went 4-5 with a walk. Luc also hit a monster shot down the right field line in the all-star game that the umps called foul. I had an excellent view of it, and I’m convinced the ball curved around the foul pole, and should have been a home run.
Anyway, here is what Luc did for the Volunteers in 2017:
One last note- Luc’s major is nuclear engineering. I wonder how many VBL alumni have a degree in that field?
Congratulations on your excellent summer, Luc!