The last day of the 2021 MLB Draft has come and gone, and no LSU players or signers were selected.
Instead, several key sections of the LSU baseball team in 2021 announced either late Monday or Tuesday that they would return to Baton Rouge in 2022. Among the returning players are pitchers Devin Fontenot and Ma’Khail Hilliard, leading home team player Gavin Dugas. and starting midfielder Gio DiGiacomo. SOURCES tell lawyer Wilson Alexander that Cade Beloso is also returning.
The bulk of LSU’s signing course will also make its way to Baton Rouge, which will help offset the sting on Monday. Plus Jaden hill and Landon Marceaux went in the second and third rounds, so LSU’s valued jewels in the 2021 recruit class will be taken in the first four rounds of the draft.
Right-handed pitcher Ben Kudrna went in the second round (Kansas City Royals); catcher Carter Jensen (Kansas City Royals) and left thrower Brock Selvidge (New York Yankees) were caught in the third round; and catcher Ian Moller (Texas Rangers) was picked in the fourth round. These players will have until August 1 to sign with their respective clubs, and it is assumed that all four will.
While LSU looks set to lose the top four in the 2021 recruiting class, they will retain the rest of the commitments highlighted by the tall-up pitcher Cale Lansville, who is the nation’s 85th overall prospect and No. 27 RHP according to PerfectGame. Lansville tweeted its intentions to be committed to LSU on Monday afternoon.
The new LSU coach Jay Johnson and his staff have also continued to prepare the 2022 list of the transition portal. Plus Jacob Berry LSU will add Tyler McManus who gained a name as a powerhouse with Samford. McManus is from Slidell and spent the first two years of college at Delgado Community College. McManus hit .346 and hit 11 home runs last season.
LSU will also add a couple of cast transfers: left Tyler Shaffer – coming from Southeast Norway – and right Eric Reyzelman, who comes from San Francisco. Neither Shaffer nor Reyzelman have statistics like wow, but both are lengthy. Shaffer did not just focus on pitching before the COVID shortened 2020 season. In the shortened season, Shaffer threw 22 innings and had a 1.23 ERA; last season, however, the ERA increased to 4.95 in 40 rounds of work. He struck out 59 strokes, but seems to have control problems: Shaffer went 30 strokes, hit 9 new ones and threw 8 wild courses.
Reyzelman, on the other hand, had a 6.17 ERA last season, but came off the Tommy John operation. His fastball is reportedly comfortable in the 94-97 MPH series, and he held opponents to a .237 batting average against.
The only other current player to monitor is AJ Labas. Labas, a fourth-year junior, was not selected but could sign with a team as an unnamed free agent. The most a team could offer Labas, or an unnamed player for that matter, is $ 20,000, and the deadline to sign is August 1st.