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Landon Victorian Knows He Can Be Great

Alanna Jacob     
Photo: Landon Victorian (Perfect Game)
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Landon Victorian took a trip to Atlanta, Ga. this weekend for the Junior National Showcase with Perfect Game. He's basically at pro at all of this by now.

Victorian started his baseball career at four years old, made his first PG appearance in 2019 at the 13u South Championship, and was a PG 14u Select Festival participant in 2020.

Those are all great accomplishments, ones that not many players his age can say they have garnered. But Victorian is looking ahead, not counting the trophies he has on his wall.

“I definitely have a different mindset [now]," Victorian said in an interview with PG at the Jr. National. "I take it more seriously than I did at 14, knowing I have a chance to be great.”

Victorian, who is the No. 12 overall prospect in the 2024 class and No. 3 right-handed pitcher, is committed to showing out and competing this summer with intentions of getting recruited. The right-handed pitcher, third baseman, and outfielder threw the first and second inning during the Grey team's first game Saturday, consistently in the 89-93 mph range, the 93 mph heater being the hardest thrown ball in Saturday’s game.

Victorian struck out one batter in the top of the first inning and two batters in the second, helping his group to a 6-1 victory.

The nationally ranked class of 2024 prospect made the jump from a good athlete to a great athlete when he shifted his mindset and saw greatness in himself at a very young age. When Victorian started playing for Banditos 12u, his coach saw great potential in his abilities as a pitcher. That's when he really saw a future for himself in the sport.

“I started throwing pretty hard at 12 [years old], and Coach Ray [Deleon] saw something in me and it just clicked,” he said.

Deleon is a role model and a source of inspiration for Victorian on the field, along with his high school coach Glenn Cecchini at the prestigious Barbe High School in Lake Charles, La., and his father.

“My dad helps me a lot with baseball, Coach Ray motivates me a lot and keeps me on track, and my high school coach also motivates me and really cares for me,” Victorian said.

Victorian’s goals go beyond high school ball. The No. 1 overall baseball player in the state of Louisiana says that he is working toward playing college ball and joining a program that can help him develop into an even better athlete, become his family, and has a team of great coaches.

Victorian has interests in universities all over the South, including Louisiana State, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

His college decision is something fans can look forward to hearing soon. The athlete is confident in achieving his goals of playing Major League Baseball and maybe one day, becoming a Hall of Famer.