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LSU Coach Congratulates Pitcher Kevin Gausman on Signing Deal with Orioles


BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri  said Friday that the 15-man class of newcomers enrolling next month provides exactly what the Tigers need – speed on the bases and in the outfield, power hitting and additional pitching prowess.
The new group of Tigers includes seven pitchers and eight position players. Two of the players – infielder Alex Bregman and right-handed pitcher Will LaMarche - were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft and elected to enroll at LSU instead of beginning a pro career.
“We are very excited to see what kind of impact this class will make upon our program,” said Mainieri, who led the Tigers to the 2012 SEC championship. “I truly believe we’ve addressed our needs in all phases of the game, and I know our fans will enjoy watching these young men perform in Alex Box Stadium very soon.”
The 15 newcomers start classes at LSU on August 20 and will join the returning players for conditioning drills and individual workouts.
The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on September 23. The 2013 season starts on February 15 when the Tigers play host to Maryland in Alex Box Stadium.
LSU was the No. 7 National Seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament and fell just one win shy of reaching the College World Series. Mainieri said the Tigers are looking forward to the opportunity to reach the CWS in Omaha, Neb. in 2013.
“In a lot of ways we overachieved last year,” Mainieri said, “and we came so close to realizing all of our goals. However, we recognize there are areas in which we need to improve and we’re confident that we’re heading in the right direction with this signing class.”
Mainieri also sent congratulations Friday to ace pitcher Kevin Gausman, who signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Gausman, a 2012 first-team all-American with a 12-2 mark and a 2.77 ERA, was the fourth overall selection in last month’s draft.
“I’m so proud of Kevin, and he’s earned everything that’s coming his way,” Mainieri said. “He developed so much both as a pitcher and as a young man during his time here, and I know the Orioles will benefit tremendously from having Kevin in their organization. I think it says a lot about our program that a young man of Kevin’s ability came to LSU and grew both professionally and personally in very significant ways.”
2012 LSU Draft Summary
LSU Players selected in the 2012 MLB Draft
Kevin Gausman, RHP            1st Round        Baltimore                     4th selection                 signed with Orioles
Austin Nola, SS (Sr.)              5th Round        Miami                          167th selection             signed with Marlins
Nick Goody, RHP                   6th Round        New York Yankees     217th selection             signed with Yankees
Raph Rhymes, OF                 30th Round      New York Yankees     937th selection             returning to LSU
Tyler Hanover, INF (Sr.)         33rd Round      Detroit Tigers              1024th selection           signed with Tigers
LSU Signees selected in the 2012 MLB Draft
Joey Gallo, INF/RHP              Comp Round A           Texas                          39th selection               signed with Rangers
Jesmuel Valentin, INF            Comp Round A           Los Angeles Dodgers  51st selection               signed with Dodgers

Hayden Jennings, OF             6th Round                    Washington                 204th selection             signed with Nationals

Will LaMarche, RHP               18th Round                  Minnesota                   550th selection             enrolling at LSU

Alex Bregman, INF                 29th Round                  Boston                         901st selection             enrolling at LSU



2012 LSU Baseball Signing Class (enrolling at LSU this fall)

No.      Name                          Pos.                B-T     Ht.      Wt.      Cl.      Exp.      Hometown (High School/Previous School)
30        Alex Bregman             INF      R-R     5-11     180      Fr.        HS       Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Academy)

40        Taylor Butler               RHP    R-R     6-1       180      Fr.        HS       Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)
20        Chris Chinea               C         R-R     6-0       205      Fr.        HS       Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep School)
12        Hunter Devall              LHP     L-L       5-10     180      Fr.        HS       Clinton, La. (Centreville Academy)
14        Christian Ibarra           INF      R-R     5-7       155      Jr.        JC       La Puente, Calif. (South Hills HS/Rio Hondo College)
16        Geonte’ Jackson         INF      R-R     6-0       170      Fr.        HS       Sugarland, Texas (Elkins HS)
9         Mark Laird                   OF        L-L       6-2       180      Fr.        HS       Monroe, La. (Ouachita Christian School)
36        Will LaMarche             RHP    R-R     6-3       220      Jr.        JC       Pleasanton, Calif. (Chabot College)
41        Jamie McClure           RHP    R-R     6-2       180      Jr.        JC       Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS/Panola JC)
7         Sean McMullen           OF       L-L       5-8       175      Jr.        JC       Metairie, La. (Brother Martin HS/Delgado CC)
55        Hunter Newman         RHP    R-R     6-4       180      Fr.        HS       Bloomingdale, Ga. (Calvary Baptist School)
45        Russell Reynolds        RHP    R-R     6-3       175      Fr.        HS       Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)
29        Chase Rivett               OF       R-R     5-10     175      Fr.        HS       Gonzales, La. (East Ascension HS)
27        Mitchell Sewald           RHP    R-R     6-5       180      Fr.        HS       Mandeville, La. (Rummel HS)
6         Andrew Stevenson     OF       L-L       6-0       170      Fr.        HS       Youngsville, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

LSU Signee Quick Facts


30 Alex Bregman, INF        

R-R, 5-11, 180, Fr., HS        

Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Academy)


·         29th round selection of Boston Red Sox in 2012 MLB Draft

·         Led 18U U.S. National Team to a gold medal last fall at the International Baseball Federation World Championships

·         First team All-State each of last two years

·         Batted .678 as a junior in 2011 and set a New Mexico season record with 19 HRs

·         2010 - USA Baseball Player of the Year - Richard W. "Dick" Case Award

·         Received All-Metro honors and All-District honors

·         Helped lead team to high school state championship in 2009


Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Bregman:

“Alex is a very polished hitter and infielder from Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He has been touted by many sources as one of the best, if not the best, hitter in the 2012 high school class.  We were very fortunate that Alex slipped to the 29th round in the 2012 MLB Draft because he had been projected as a top 2 round draft pick since he was the MVP of the 16U Team USA team in 2010.  His strong commitment to attending LSU was what ultimately made MLB scouts pass on Bregman until the 29th round.  He is very versatile defensively as he can play anywhere on the field. We will first look at him on the left side of the infield. Needless to say, we are extremely excited about Alex starting his career as a Tiger and we expect him to have a stellar one.”

40 Taylor Butler, RHP        
R-R, 6-1, 180, Fr., HS          
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)
·         Earned three wins on the mound during the 2012 Class 5A state tournament, helping lead Barbe to the state title

·         Threw five scoreless innings of relief and earned the win over Rummel in the 2012 state title game


Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Butler:

“Taylor is a right-handed pitcher that helped lead Barbe High School to a state title in 2012.  His fastball sits in the mid to high 80’s, occasionally touching 90 mph, and uses a big 12-6 breaking ball in any count, and he shows a good change up.  Taylor has a lot of experience pitching in big games and he will add depth to our talented pitching staff.”

20 Chris Chinea, C  
R-R, 6-0, 205, Fr., HS          
Miami, Fla. (Gulliver Prep School)
·          2012 – Hit .542, 12 doubles, 1 triple, 9 HR, 38 RBI

·          2012  High School All-American

·          2011  1st Team Rawlings Perfect Game All American

·          2010  2nd Team  Rawlings Perfect Game All American

·          2010 – Hit .597 with 15 doubles, 6 HRs, 55 RBI

·          2010 – 3A All Dade County Player of the Year

·          2009 – Hit .495 with 13 doubles, 5 HR’s, 44 RBI


Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Chinea:

“Chris is a stout, very strong catcher from Miami, FL who runs well for a catcher and is athletic enough to play multiple positions.  His ability to really hit, as well as run above average, will open up his options to play early on as a freshman at places other than catcher.  Chris has been a very advanced hitter his whole life and has hit on every team he’s ever been on.  He and Bregman come into LSU as the power threats that we so desperately need. We definitely see that trend continuing for him at LSU. Only his strong commitment to LSU kept him from being drafted in the top 10 rounds. He was names 2nd team All-America by Baseball America magazine. ”

12 Hunter Devall, LHP        
L-L, 5-10, 180, Fr., HS         
Clinton, La. (Centreville Academy)
·          2011  Perfect Game Underclass High Honorable Mention

·          2010  Perfect Game Underclass World Championships Most Valuable Pitcher

Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Devall:

“Hunter is a lefty from Clinton, La. but attended Centreville Academy in Mississippi.  He is an absolute bulldog on the mound who believes he can get anyone out in any situation.  He has a ¾ arm slot from the left side and a good breaking ball that is very tough on left-handed hitters.  He is a guy that we are going to look for to be reliable out of the bullpen in intense situations, probably even as a freshman.”


14 Christian Ibarra, INF      
R-R, 5-7, 155, Jr., JC
La Puente, Calif. (South Hills HS/Rio Hondo College)
·         Regarded as the best junior college shortstop in California in 2012

·         A “plus” defender with a big-time arm at shortstop

·         Excellent baseball instincts and savvy in the infield


Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Ibarra:

“Christian is a smooth, sure-handed middle infielder that comes to us from Rio Hondo Community College in southern California.  Although he is small in stature, Ibarra makes all of the defensive plays look easy and has arm that touches 90 mph across the infield.  After the departure of Austin Nola, we are looking forward to Ibarra possibly being able to step in and fill that always important defensive role at shortstop.”



16 Geonte’ Jackson, INF    
R-R, 6-0, 170, Fr., HS          
Sugarland, Texas (Elkins HS)
·          2012 – Hit .347 with 1 HR, 16 RBI, .387 OBP

·          2011 – Hit .412 with 3 HR, 25 RBI, .394 OBP

·          2011 2nd Team All-District
Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Jackson:

“Geonte’ is a very athletic infielder that we were able to get out of the baseball talent-rich Houston, Texas area.  He has very loose actions in the infield and moves very well laterally at third base.  At the plate, Geonte’ is a gap to gap hitter who we believe will develop into more of a power threat as his career goes on and he gets stronger from being in the weight room.  He has quick hands and a flat bat that will bode well for getting hits against the tough SEC pitching.”


9 Mark Laird, OF
L-L, 6-2, 180, Fr., HS
Monroe, La. (Ouachita Christian School)
·         2012 Louisiana Class 1A Most Valuable Player

·         2012 MVP of Louisiana state football title game as a wide receiver and DB


Head Coach Paul Mainieri on Laird:

“Mark is one of the fastest players you will ever see on a baseball field.  He will bring a left-handed hitting presence to the lineup that can handle the bat and absolutely fly around the bases.  A standout wide receiver and center fielder at Ouachita Christian High School, Mark was named the LHSAA 1A MVP in baseball in 2011-2012.  He also was the MVP of the state championship football game as a wide receiver and defensive back. Laird is one of those guys a coach loves to have on his team because he possesses a tool that cannot be taught, game-changing speed. How quickly he adapts to SEC caliber pitching will determine his playing time.



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