PORTAGE, MI – It’s been 20 months since Luke Leto wore his Portage Central baseball jersey, but his time away from high school has not done much to lower expectations for the senior season.
Baseball America named Leto to its All-American high school list this week, putting the 6-foot-3, 200-pound on the second team as a corner kick.
Leto was one of 39 prep athletes nationwide to make the cut and one of two players from Michigan, joining Motor City Hit Dogs travel teammate Alex Mooney, a third-team midfielder who plays high school at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s.
Once considered the country’s best prospect in the 2021 class and is expected to be the ninth choice in the 2021 MLB Draft of Baseball America, Leto’s shares dipped last year due to little own fault.
The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out Michigan’s high school baseball season in 2020, so he was unable to build on his eye-catching freshman and sophomore campaigns.
In his first year of high school, Leto hit .524 with a .608 on the base percentage and a .762 slugging percentage. He also scored two home runs, eight doubles, three triples, 13 RBIs and 35 runs scored from Mustang’s leading spot and provided exceptional defense from his shortstop position.
As a first-year student, he averaged 0.371 batting, with seven doubles, 10 triples, 21 RBIs, 33 points scored and 36 stolen bases in 37 sweep attempts.
Leto also has a bit of an upside on the mound as a hard-throwing right-hander with a 12-6 basket ball, and it will be interesting to see if Portage Central head coach Cory DeGroote expands his role beyond a light-out closer.
As close to a five-tool player as you can get in high school, Leto was also an exceptional multi-athlete at Portage Central, starring on the Mustang football team as a wide receiver during the second year and as a quarterback as a junior.
After the pandemic delayed the start of the senior football season, Leto decided to focus on baseball training over the grid, and he also opted out of his senior basketball season, having played on the Mustang University team since the first year.
Michigan’s 2021 high school baseball season is set to hold its first set of games on March 24.