PRCC slugger chases dream, signs with Dodgers


Pearl River Community College's new home run king is going pro.

On the heels of his record-setting sophomore campaign, Simon Landry opted to chase his dream and sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Landry, a Ponchatoula, Louisiana native, was a University of Houston signee, but when he was selected in the 22nd round of June's MLB draft, he knew he had a special opportunity.

"Officially a LA Dodger!! I want to thank everyone who supported me in reaching my goal," Landry tweeted June 6 when he announced his signing. "It is truly a blessing and I can't thank the man upstairs enough for all he has done for me. #newbeginnings #RRR"

The first baseman was a terror for opposing pitchers in his two seasons at PRCC. After hitting one homer as a senior at Ponchatoula High, Landry developed an all-around attack with the Wildcats under the tutelage of coach Michael Avalon.

Landry hit .301 as a freshman with 16 homers, 13 doubles and 46 RBIs but really took a step forward as a sophomore in 2018, hitting .392 with 16 doubles, 68 RBIs and 51 runs scored. It was during the Wildcats' MACJC state championship campaign this year that he one-upped current PRCC assistant Rhyne Hughes' school home run record from 2004 with 19 homers.

"He was a dynamic player on the field and off the field. He was a captain both years for us and everything he did on the field and off the field represented what we want out of a Wildcat baseball player," Avalon said. "He was a marked man every time we faced someone but continually got it done. He got that done through his work ethic.

"The thing that was special about him, not only was he a special player, but he made the program better by making every player and coach better."

Landry was actually the first future Wildcat Avalon ever laid eyes on after being named PRCC head coach.

"I knew he was going to special," he said. "No question."

The Dodgers clearly think so, too.

"It's probably the best raw power we've ever seen at a workout," Billy Gasparino, Dodgers director of amateur scouting, told Dodgers Insider. "It would be better than any power in our system now, based on some of the measurements we have. If you go through exit velocity, he has better exit velocity than any minor or major leaguer we have in our organization.

"He's 6–4 and he's 225 pounds. It's just a fun guy to watch, because he has extreme power."

After signing with the Dodgers, Landry was assigned to Los Angeles' Arizona League affiliate.

PHOTO CREDIT: Kristi Harris/PRCC Athletics