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LSU Sports Communications
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson on Monday released the Tigers’ fall semester roster that includes the 21 members of the 2022 recruiting class that have joined the program.
The class has been ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game, and the players in the class are eligible for the 2023 season.
"Our entire staff worked tirelessly to put this class together,” Johnson said. “It features some of the top players in the country, and it will help accelerate our pursuit of getting the Tigers back to Omaha. There is high-end talent at every position all over this class, and it is a group that will complement the great group of returning players we will have in 2023.
“This class reflects that there is no place better in America for the elite player to play college baseball. I know our fans will love seeing this group at ‘The Box’ in 2023 and beyond.”
Listed below are the members of LSU’s 2022 signing class:
Nate Ackenhausen, LHP
Owasso, Okla. (Owasso HS/Eastern Oklahoma State)
Kaleb Applebey, RHP
Mount Carmel, Ill. (Mount Carmel HS/Wabash Valley CC)
Nic Bronzini, LHP
San Ramon, Calif. (California HS)
Micah Bucknam, RHP
Abbotsford, British Columbia (Mennonite Educational Institute)
Ethan Frey, C/1B
Leesville, La. (Rosepine HS)
· Ranked as the No. 1 catcher and the No. 2 overall player in the state of Louisiana by Perfect Game
· No. 12 ranked catcher in the nation by Perfect Game
Gavin Guidry, SS
Lake Charles, La. (Barbe HS)
Griffin Herring, LHP
Southlake, Texas (Southlake HS)
Thatcher Hurd, RHP
Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Mira Costa HS/UCLA)
· Made nine appearances - including six starts – in 2022 as a true freshman at UCLA, posting a 2-0 record with a 1.06 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 34 innings while limiting opponents to a .138 batting average.
· The nation’s ninth-ranked pitcher and the No. 1 pitcher in the state of California as a senior at Mira Costa High School
Jared Jones, C
Marietta, Ga. (Walton HS)
Paxton Kling, OF
Roaring Springs, Pa. (Central HS)
Christian Little, RHP
St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brother College/Vanderbilt)
· Pitched the past two seasons at Vanderbilt, where he made 32 appearances (14 starts) and posted a 4.65 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 81.1 innings.
· Rated in high school as the nation’s No. 5 right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game.
Aiden Moffett, RHP
Mount Olive, Miss. (Taylorsville HS)
Brady Neal, C
Tallahassee, Fla. (IMG Academy)
Ben Nippolt, INF
St. Paul, Minn. (Mounds Park Academy/Des Moines Area CC/Virginia Commonwealth)
· 2022 First Team All-Atlantic 10 at VCU, which claimed the A-10 title
· Appeared in 51 games, including 45 starts, batting .308 with a .430 on-base percentage and a .407 slugging percentage; collected 53 hits, including nine doubles, a triple, two home runs, 48 runs and 31 RBI
Jaden Noot, RHP
Oak Park, Calif. (Sierra Canyon HS)
Mic Paul, OF
Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS)
DJ Primeaux, LHP
Baton Rouge, La. (Central HS)
· Ranked as the No. 1 left-handed pitcher and the No. 7 overall player in the state of Louisiana by Perfect Game
· No. 90 ranked left-handed pitcher in the nation by Perfect Game
Zeb Ruddell, OF
Monroe, La. (Neville HS)
Chase Shores, RHP
Midland, Texas (Midland Lee HS)
Paul Skenes, RHP/UTL
(Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro HS/Air Force)
· Ranked No. 25 in the D1Baseball.com listing of the top college prospects for the 2023 MLB Draft; earned first-team 2022 All-America recognition at Air Force.
· Recorded a 2.96 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 85.2 innings (15 starts) in 2022, limiting opponents to a .224 batting average; also batted .314 with 10 doubles, 13 homers and 38 RBI.
Tommy White, 3B
(St. Pete Beach, Fla./IMG Academy/North Carolina State)
· 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year at North Carolina State
· White hit .362 in 2022 with 85 hits, 12 doubles, 27 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .757 slugging percentage, setting the NCAA freshman record for homers in a season
Below is a link to the 2022 Fall LSU Baseball Roster
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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - Jay Johnson met with the media today at Alex Box Stadium/Skip Bertman Field to introduce his
new coaching staff.
New pitching coach Wes Johnson and assistant coach/recruiting coordinator Josh Jordan will answer questions from the media along with Coach Johnson after their introduction.
Below is video footage from the press conference...
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