9-30-14 – Through The Fence - 7. Boston Red Sox — Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (CA) - The hardest throwing prep arm in the 2015 MLB draft is a southpaw. That’s rare and says more about Hooper’s arm than his peers as there are some hard throwers in this class. The 6’-7”, 240 pound left-hander touched 97 mph at the Perfect Game AA Classic and was impressive all summer. His change-up is an above-average pitch, his curveball solid and he throws with some deception in his delivery — making it completely unfair to left-handed hitters. He isn’t as polished as others prep arms on this list, but the upside is as good as anyone’s. Committed to UCLA. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-mock-1-0/44039#46FUm3YdfAufQr1H.99
9-11-14 – Fangraphs Top 50 Players in Draft - 9. Justin Hooper, LHP, De La Salle HS (CA), UCLA commit: The 6’7/230 lefty has been up to 97 mph with an above average curveball and, late in the summer, flashed an above average changeup, though the command lags behind due to the effort in his delivery. http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2015-mlb-draft-top-51/
6-11-14 – Kevin Askeland/MaxPreps – Top 10 High School Players To Watch for 2015 Draft – Justin Hooper, De La Salle (Concord, Calif.), LHP - Tall and rangy at 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Hooper went 6-3 and had the win in De La Salle's section championship win over San Ramon Valley. Struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings pitched with a 2.04 ERA. http://www.maxpreps.com/news/RE_IkTleBU-vFF_g8YCOQg/top-10-high-school-players-to-watch-for-2015-mlb-draft.htm
6-20-14 - We went with Justin Hooper over Stephen Kolek as the top arm in the class, but we’re sure you can make an argument either way. Hooper was selected as the No. 33 pitcher in the Area Code Games (Athletics). He is a big lefty, standing in at 6-foot-7 and hails from De La Salle (Concord, Calif.). He sat 88-92 in the Area Code Games and showed the ability to change speeds. He threw two innings for the Athletics and struck out three. http://www.studentsports.com/blog/2013/10/17/baseball-top-25-2015-class/
August 2013 -
Mack - Hooper was chosen as the 33rd pitcher in the Area Code games, sitting 88-92, and striking out three over two innings.
Mack - No one likes to start out the 'mock' season as the favorite player in any position, but, in the case of left-handed pitchers, it has to fall to De La Salle (CA) High School junior, 6-6, 220 pound Justin Hooper.
Arsenal includes: 90-93, 96 fastball , and a 74-76 curve (hard break and change-up are still developing). Most of the velocity on the fastball was added over this past season and is estimated to still have some projectablity on that pitch.
Hooper has a quick arm a very projectable body.
Hopper did commit to UCLA in early May but it's hard to believe that he's spend one inning on that mound.
Areas of concern: command Junior year stats so far: 35.1-IP, 48-K, 31-BB