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Mainieri to welcome 17 new players to LSU baseball squad

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BATON ROUGE, La. -- Coach Paul Mainieri announced on Monday the 17-man class of baseball recruits enrolling at LSU next month.  

The new group of Tigers includes 10 pitchers and seven position players. The 17 newcomers start classes at LSU on August 26 and will join the returning players for conditioning drills and individual workouts.  

"Putting together a new team every year is what we do in athletics," Mainieri said. "I feel as if I've been handed a big pile of clay, and as the sculptor of that clay, it's up to me to try to make something beautiful out of it.  There's a lot of work to do, but we feel like we've recruited an outstanding class of players, and we're excited to begin working with them and form a team that can hopefully return to the College World Series, and this time come home with the big trophy."  

The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on Sunday, September 29. The 2014 season starts on February 14 when the Tigers play host to the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.  

Mainieri led the 2013 Tigers to the College World Series for the third time in the past six seasons. The Tigers tied the SEC record for single-season victories with a 57-11 overall mark, and LSU established a school record with 23 regular-season conference wins.  

LSU also captured the 2013 SEC Western Division and SEC Tournament titles, and the Tigers were the No. 4 National Seed in the NCAA Tournament.  

Mainieri, who has directed LSU to four Top 10 finishes in his seven seasons at the helm of the program, said the Tigers are focused upon returning to Omaha, Neb., for the 2014 CWS.  

"The goal here every year is to win the national  championship, and that's what we're going to try to do," Mainieri said. "We have a strong core of players back from last year's team combined with an excellent class of new recruits, and there's going to be great competition during fall practice at every position.  

"Our No. 1 priority with this recruiting class is to rebuild our pitching staff, as seven of our top 11 pitchers from last season are not returning. Rebuilding the staff is a big project, but I feel like we've recruited the guys to get the job done. (LSU pitching coach) Alan Dunn and I are looking forward to working both with our returning pitchers and the new recruits to form a staff that will be very effective on the mound."  

2013 LSU Baseball Signing Class

No.
Name Pos. B-T Ht. Wt. Cl. Exp.
Hometown (High School/Previous School)
28 Kyle Bouman LHP L-L 5-11 200 Jr. JC Ferguson, Mo. (DeSmet Jesuit HS/Jefferson County CC)
46 Parker Bugg RHP R-R 6-6 200 Fr. HS San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo HS)
32 Alden Cartwright RHP R-R 6-0 180 Fr. HS Baton Rouge, La. (Runnels HS)
18 Dakota Dean INF L-R 6-1 195 Fr. HS Crestview, Fla. (Crestview HS)
25 Jarret DeHart OF L-R 6-2 205 Fr. HS Medford, N.J. (Shawnee HS)
13 Brady Domangue RHP R-R 6-0 160 Jr. JC Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic HS/LSU-Eunice)
23 Jake Fraley OF L-L 6-0 195 Fr. HS Middletown, Del. (Caravel Academy)
20 Conner Hale INF R-R 6-2 185 Jr. JC Port Richey, Fla. (Mitchell HS/State College of Fla.)
41 Andrew Mitchell LHP L-L 6-0 175 Fr. HS New Orleans, La. (Jesuit HS)
58 Christian Pelaez LHP L-L 6-0 175 Fr. HS Miami, Fla. (Florida Christian HS)
49 Zac Person LHP L-L 6-1 190 Jr. JC Eunice, La. (Eunice HS/LSU-Eunice) 
16 Jared Poche' LHP R-L 6-1 195 Fr. HS Lutcher, La. (Lutcher HS)
3 Kramer Robertson INF R-R 5-10 170 Fr. HS McGregor, Texas (Midway HS)
37 Jesse Stallings RHP R-R 6-2 205 Fr. HS Colfax, La. (Grant HS)
4 Cade Stone
OF L-R 5-10 180 Fr. HS West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS)
36 Dylan Williams RHP R-R 6-4 195 Fr. HS Cartersville, Ga. (Cass HS)
27 Danny Zardon INF R-R 6-1 185 Fr. HS
Pembroke Pines, Fla. (American Heritage HS)

2013 LSU Baseball Signees Selected in the MLB Draft

  • 2nd rd. (52), Justin Williams, INF, Arizona Diamondbacks (signed with Diamondbacks; will not enroll at LSU)
  • 5th rd. (164), David Palladino, RHP, New York Yankees (signed with Yankees; will not enroll at LSU)
  • 30th rd. (893), Nick Longhi, LHP/1B, Boston Red Sox (signed with Red Sox; will not enroll at LSU)
  • 34th rd. (1029), Parker Bugg, RHP, Baltimore Orioles (enrolling at LSU)    

2013 LSU Baseball Players Selected in the MLB Draft

  • 2nd rd. (43), Ryan Eades, RHP, Minnesota Twins (signed with Twins)
  • 3rd rd. (87), JaCoby Jones, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates (signed with Pirates)
  • 4th rd. (125), Mason Katz, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals (signed with Cardinals)
  • 7th rd. (224), Nick Rumbelow, RHP, New York Yankees (signed with Yankees)
  • 9th rd. (276), Will LaMarche, RHP, Detroit Tigers (signed with Tigers)
  • 12th rd. (372), Ty Ross, C, San Francisco Giants (signed with Giants)
  • 14th rd. (407), Chris Cotton, LHP, Houston Astros (signed with Astros)
  • 15th rd. (456), Raph Rhymes, OF, Detroit Tigers (signed with Tigers)
  • 32nd rd. (959), Christian Ibarra, INF, Pittsburgh Pirates (returning to LSU)
  • Free Agent, Brent Bonvillain, LHP, Kansas City Royals (signed with Royals)    

LSU Signee Quick Facts

28 Kyle Bouman, LHP
L-L, 5-11, 200, Jr., JC
Ferguson, Mo. (DeSmet Jesuit HS/Jefferson County CC)  

  • Started nine games for Jefferson County CC in 2013, posting a 5-3 mark, three complete games and one save
  • Recorded a team-best 1.70 ERA in 58.1 innings with 53 strikeouts and eight walks  

Paul Mainieri on Kyle Bouman: "Kyle is the most recent addition to our class after playing his freshman year at Wichita State University and sophomore year at Jefferson County Community College in Missouri.  He is a three-pitch mix lefty that can throw any pitch in any count to keep hitters off balance. Our hope for Kyle is that he can turn into the kind of lefty that Chris Cotton ended up being for us. Kyle is having a great summer - making the All-Star team in the Northwoods League. After losing seven of our top 11 pitchers from our 2013 College World Series team, adding a proven college pitcher with two years of experience gives us more confidence in our 2014 staff."  

46 Parker Bugg, RHP
R-R, 6-6, 200, Fr., HS
San Diego, Calif. (Rancho Bernardo HS)

  • 34th round selection of the Baltimore Orioles in the 2013 MLB draft
  • Led his team to two CIF San Diego Section D1 championships
  • Member of the 2012 Southern California Milwaukee Brewers Area Code Team 

Paul Mainieri on Parker Bugg: "As the only player in our recruiting class that was drafted by a major league team and chose to attend college, Parker obviously has a tremendous ‘upside.' He is a tall, slender right-handed pitcher from San Diego, California who projects as a guy that can potentially come in and help us right away.  He has a good feel for pitching and uses an over-the-top low 90's fastball with a major downhill plane to be effective.  Unfortunately, he suffered a broken foot during his senior season and missed the second half. His long, lanky frame is conducive for him to put on good weight with the help of our strength and conditioning program and transform him into an imposing figure."    

32 Alden Cartwright, RHP
R-R, 6-0, 180, Fr., HS
Baton Rouge, La. (Runnels HS)
 

  • Coached by former LSU second baseman Tookie Johnson (1988-91) at Runnels High School
  • Posted 18 wins and 10 saves during his four-hear high school career
  • Completed his career with 344 strikeouts and only 94 walks; posted a 3.62 career ERA
  • Recorded 103 strikeouts and a 1.75 ERA as a junior; 105 strikeouts and a 2.47 ERA as a senior
  • 2012 First-Team All-State and District MVP  

Paul Mainieri on Alden Cartwright: "Alden is a product of Runnels High School from our own back yard in Baton Rouge, where he played for former Tiger Tookie Johnson. I am sure we don't have a player we recruited that is more excited to be a part of LSU than Alden.  He has bled purple and gold from the time he started playing baseball and you will be able to see that with the way he competes on the mound for the Tigers. Alden's fastball sits in the mid to upper 80's but utilizes his 12-6 breaking ball in any count because he has a lot of confidence with it.  He is a guy that knows how to pitch backwards and spin the ball in hitter's counts to keep them off balance."    

18 Dakota Dean, INF
L-R, 6-1, 195, Fr., HS
Crestview, Fla. (Crestview HS)
 

  • Brother of LSU All-America OF/1B Blake Dean, who played for the Tigers from 2007-10
  • 1st Team Northwest Florida Daily News in all four seasons of his high school career
  • Crestview High School Baseball MVP in 2012
  • Selected for Top 100 Florida Showcase as a senior

Paul Mainieri on Dakota Dean: "Obviously, Dakota comes from a family that is very special to LSU Baseball. When you watch Dakota play, you are going to literally think it is his brother Blake out there on the field.  His baseball actions are a spitting image of Blake's - except he throws right-handed and plays all three infield positions.  Dakota possesses a smooth, lefty stroke that provides gap-to-gap power and could develop into home run power during his time at LSU. Dakota, as several of our recruits were, was a tough football player as a quarterback and defensive player back in Crestview, Florida."    

25 Jarret DeHart, OF
L-R, 6-2, 205, Fr., HS
Medford, N.J. (Shawnee HS)  

  • 2013 1st Team Perfect Game Underclass All-American
  • 2013 All-State selection
  • Three-time First-Team All-Conference
  • Two-time First-Team All-County  

Paul Mainieri on Jarret DeHart: "Jarret is a left handed hitting outfielder from Shawnee High School in Medford, N.J.  He is the second cousin of former Tiger standout Brett Laxton, so even though he is from the Northeast he is well versed in the history and tradition of LSU Baseball.  Jarret is very athletic and the kind of player who will really develop with all of the reps he will get throughout fall practice. We are hoping he can develop into a left-handed power hitter and a guy that can be a real offensive threat for the Tigers. He is another player that we felt was a legitimate risk to lose to pro ball. However, he expressed to professional baseball his strong desire to play for LSU and, therefore, went undrafted and will be on campus in August."    

13 Brady Domangue, RHP
R-R, 6-0, 160, Jr., JC
Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic HS/LSU-Eunice)
 

  • 14-2 record in 2013 with a 1.34 ERA, five complete games and three shutouts; fired 114 IP with 118 Ks and 32 BB
  • NJCAA All-American Pitcher
  • NJCAA World Series All-Tournament Team
  • Broke the LSU-Eunice strikeout record and ERA record
  • 8-1 record in 2012 with a 3.48 ERA in 77.2 innings; fired 97 strikeouts  

Paul Mainieri on Brady Domangue: "Brady is a right-handed pitcher from Houma, La. and attended LSU-Eunice the last two years, where he goes down as perhaps the most successful pitcher in the history of a great junior college program.  He set records for lowest ERA and strikeouts last year at LSU-E, while leading all of the JUCOs nationwide in wins – and of course was named a junior college All-American. He is a guy who will work quickly and absolutely pound the strike zone with a sinking fastball that sits in the high 80's but can touch the low 90's.  He also has a super breaking ball that he uses as a strikeout pitch.  Brady is fun to watch because of his outstanding mound demeanor along with a quick, but smooth delivery to home plate.  Brady reminds me a lot of Jared Bradford, a former great pitcher on my first two teams at LSU, and can be used in different roles."    

23 Jake Fraley, OF
L-L, 6-0, 195, Fr., HS
Middletown, Del. (Caravel Academy)
 

  • 2013 1st team Louisville Slugger All-American 
  • First team all-state for two seasons
  • 2013 preseason Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 2013 1st team All Region  

Paul Mainieri on Jake Fraley: "Of all the players arriving on campus, Jake is probably the guy we most feared we would lose to pro ball. Jake is a frontline left-handed outfielder from Middletown, Delaware. As a high school player entering college, Jake is as close as it gets to the proverbial "five-tool player." Along with possessing all of the physical traits to be a great ballplayer, Jake works tirelessly on becoming a better player every day which makes the sky the limit for his potential at LSU.  Jake is a key component of this recruiting class, and we are ecstatic about seeing him take the field wearing the purple and gold."    

20 Conner Hale, INF
R-R, 6-2, 185, Jr., JC
New Port Richey, Fla. (Mitchell HS/State College of Fla.)  

  • Hit .366 in 2013  (.402 in conference) with 83 hits, 18 doubles, four  triples, one homer and 65 RBI
  •  Named Conference Player of the Year, 1st team all-conference and 1st team all-state
  • Hit .330 in 2012 with 69 hits, 12 doubles, two triples, 40 RBI; named 1st team all-conference
  • Senior year in high school - led country with .505 batting average, 55 hits, 37 RBI, 11 doubles, and six homers  

Paul Mainieri on Conner Hale: "Conner Hale is a junior college transfer from State College of Florida, which is the same school that produced former LSU reliever Nick Goody. Conner was the Suncoast Conference Player of the Year in 2013 after having an incredible offensive year and playing outstanding defense at third base. Going into fall practice, we are going to have high standards for Conner to be a key newcomer for us and he could emerge as a candidate to be a middle of the order hitter – which would help ease the pain of losing Mason Katz and Raph Rhymes."    

41 Andrew Mitchell, LHP
L-L, 6-0, 175, Fr., HS
New Orleans, La. (Jesuit HS)
 

  • Posted a 2-0 mark and three saves in 2013 with a 1.34 ERA in 36.2 innings pitched
  • Recorded 51 strikeouts in 12 appearances on the mound  

Paul Mainieri on Andrew Mitchell: "Andrew is a young left-handed out of Jesuit High School in New Orleans. An outstanding student, Andrew uses his intelligence on the mound and really knows what he is doing. At times he looks dominating on the mound and just needs to develop consistency to become a very valuable pitcher on the LSU staff. It will be exciting to see how he quickly he develops the characteristics it will take for him to be counted on."    

58 Christian Pelaez, LHP
L-L, 6-0, 175, Fr., HS
Miami, Fla. (Florida Christian HS)
 

  • Rawlings and Under Armour Preseason All-American
  • Three-time high school team varsity MVP
  • Three-time first team all-county selection
  • 17 wins and four losses in three seasons with a 1.40 ERA and 188 strikeouts

Paul Mainieri on Christian Pelaez: "Christian is a classic left hander that really knows how to pitch. Another Chris Cotton-type guy, he has a silky smooth delivery and uses a fastball, curveball and changeup all from the same release point.  He pounds the strike zone and has a lot of savvy for a young pitcher. Christian is a great student of the game and a guy that we may count on in pressure situations right away. Another product from talent-rich south Florida, he has competed against great competition his entire baseball career and we expect him to be ready to contribute quickly."    

49 Zac Person, LHP
L-L, 6-1, 190, Jr., JC
Eunice, La. (Eunice HS/LSU-Eunice)

  • 17-0 record in two seasons at LSU-Eunice
  • Helped lead LSU-E to JUCO national title in 2012 and national runners-up finish in 2013
  • Set Eunice High School record for strikeouts in a season with 182 in 2011
  • 2011 All-Parish MVP, All-District MVP, All-Acadiana MVP and 1st Team All-State in his high school senior season
  •  Named 2011 1st Team Louisville Slugger All-American and the LHSCA Coaches Pitcher of the Year  

Paul Mainieri on Zac Person: "Zac combined with Brady Domangue at LSU-Eunice to give them a formidable 1-2 punch that led to a runners-up finish for the national championship in 2013. He is a left-handed pitcher who continues the long line of great players we have recruited from LSU-Eunice over the past five years.  His 98 strikeouts last year were the sixth-highest total in school history. When healthy, his fastball sits in the upper 80's and he uses his outstanding breaking ball as an out pitch to get a lot of strikeouts.  He has a fast arm and pretty clean mechanics that allow him to create some deception and make hitters uncomfortable."    

16 Jared Poche', LHP
R-L, 6-1, 195, Fr., HS
Lutcher, La. (Lutcher HS)  

  • 2012 and 2013 Louisville Slugger All-American First team All-State in 2012 and 2013
  •  2013 Louisiana Mr. Baseball and Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year
  • 2013 Class 4A Player of the Year and the MVP of the state championship game
  • 2013 Stats: 11-0 record, 0.80 ERA, 75 IP, 129 Ks; also batted .429 with 12 doubles, seven homers and 40 RBI  

Paul Mainieri on Jared Poche': "Jared is a highly-touted southpaw from right down the road in Lutcher, La.  Although Jared wasn't drafted out of high school, it was only because he was deemed ‘unsignable' by the pro scouts as a result of his strong commitment to playing at LSU.  Jared's fastball consistently sits in the 90 mph range and he features a very hard 12 to 6 curveball that he can command.  He was highly decorated after leading Lutcher High School to the state championship, as he was a 1st team High School All-American and the Louisiana Player of the Year. This guy has a chance to be special and I can't wait to see the influence Alan Dunn will have on him."    

3 Kramer Robertson, INF
R-R, 5-10, 170, Fr., HS
McGregor, Texas (Midway HS)
 

  • Son of Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey
  • Batted .425 in high school senior season, .438 as a junior, .463 as a sophomore and .365 as a freshman
  • Received Max Prep All-America recognition
  • 2012 and 2011 All-State selection
  • 2012 and 2011 District MVP  

Paul Mainieri on Kramer Robertson: "Kramer is a very athletic and competitive infielder that comes to us from Midway High School in Waco, Texas.  His combination of foot speed, quickness, and arm strength allows him to be a very viable option anywhere on the field. He will be a very tough out at the plate as well. He is one of those kids that just knows how to beat you and always seems to be in the middle of a rally. As a dual-threat quarterback in high school, he led his team deep into the Texas 5A state playoffs as a junior and senior.  As the son of Kim Mulkey, Baylor's women's basketball coach, he's been around winning athletic environments his whole life and I think that will bode well for him at LSU.    

37 Jesse Stallings, RHP
R-R, 6-2, 205, Fr., HS
Colfax, La. (Grant HS)  

  • 2nd team All-District in 2011 and 2012; 7-2 on the mound in 2012 with 2.10 ERA, 38 innings pitched and 52 strikeouts
  • 2012 Offensive Player of the Year at Grant HS, batting .424 with 24 RBI and one homer
  • 2013 Perfect Game 2nd Team All Southeast Region  

Paul Mainieri on Jesse Stallings: "Coming off his junior year in high school, we felt Jesse had a chance to be one of the better pitchers in the state of Louisiana. Unfortunately, he hurt his arm during his senior year and required Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his throwing elbow. The surgery was performed in April and we expect Jesse to be out for the season and redshirt in 2014. However, he will be under the care of our outstanding medical staff, rehab throughout the year, begin working with Alan Dunn at the appropriate time, and be ready to pitch competitively in the summer of 2014 in preparation for the 2014-15 academic year."    

4 Cade Stone, OF
L-R, 5-10, 180, Fr., HS
West Monroe, La. (West Monroe HS) 

  • 2013 Perfect Game All-American
  • All-Northeast Louisiana and All-District for four seasons
  • Earned All-State honors in his freshman and senior years
  • All-District MVP and All-Northeast Louisiana Player of the Year his senior season   

Paul Mainieri on Cade Stone: "Cade is another one of those speedy, left-handed hitting outfielders that have become so essential to have on a team in order to have a successful program in the modern college game. He brings a lot of energy to the field and plays extremely hard. Cade possesses a short, quick swing that allows him to consistently find the barrel and provide some pop at times. He also played football in an outstanding program at West Monroe High School where both the football and baseball teams were very successful. He's a winner."      

36 Dylan Williams, RHP
R-R, 6-4, 195, Fr., HS
Cartersville, Ga. (Cass HS) 

  • Rawlings 2013 All American
  • 2013 State 4A Strikeout Leader with 106 Ks in 61 innings
  • 2013 Daily Tribune All County 

Paul Mainieri on Dylan Williams: "Dylan is a power arm right-hander from Cass High School in Georgia. At 6'4" and 205 lbs., Dylan has the size and arm strength to emerge as a top of the rotation guy for us throughout his career.  Although he is a little raw right now, we think Alan Dunn will be able to clean up his mechanics and work diligently with him to harness his full potential.  Anytime you have a big, young, right-hander coming in and touching 92 mph on the radar gun, you have to feel good about the possibility of him becoming a force."      

27 Danny Zardon, INF
R-R, 6-1, 185, Fr., HS
Pembroke Pines, Fla. (American Heritage HS)

  • 2013 Rawlings All Regional Team
  • 2013 All State, All County and All District 1st Team
  • Helped lead American Heritage High to 2012 Florida state championship
  • Batted .506 in his senior season with six homers, 31 RBI and five stolen bases
  • Posted a .948 slugging percentage and a .544 on-base percentage in 2013    

Paul Mainieri on Danny Zardon: "Danny is a polished infielder from talent-rich south Florida who has played against great competition his whole life.  He has soft hands and a great throwing arm that looks effortless but carries with excellent velocity across the infield.  Offensively, Danny is a tough out, has above-average plate discipline, and a compact but powerful swing that allows him to hit line drives all over the field.  Danny will add depth to our infield with the ability to play any infield position, if need be. For a while we thought we might lose him to the major league draft, so we will be happy to see him in Baton Rouge in August."

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