Da Boot Sports
By: David Penn
BATON ROUGE, LA - Jay Johnson isn’t wasting a moment of his offseason following the Tigers exit from the Hattiesburg Regional. Johnson has landed two premier pitching prospects, two highly touted infielders, and within hours of Ole Miss winning the MCWS, Johnson hired Wes Johnson from the Minnesota Twins to be the new pitching coach at LSU.
Wes Johnson has been the pitching coach for the Minnesota Twins since 2018. Currently the Twins have the 11th best pitching staff in the majors. Johnson previously was the pitching coach at Mississippi State where he elevated that staff from worst to first.
Christian Little, a RHP from Vanderbilt has joined the ranks of the Fighting Tigers. Little appeared in 18 games for
the Commodores tallying 38.2 innings pitched with an ERA of 3.72 and striking out 46 batters.
Jay Johnson also added two time Big East pitcher of the year Dylan Trebake. Trebake pitched 93 innings this past season with a 2.81 ERA. He is draft eligible and ultimately may end up in the majors, but for now he has signed on to play with LSU.
Tommy “Tanks” White turned a lot of heads playing first base as a freshman for the NC State Wolfpack, garnering all ACC nods, setting the single season homerun record by a freshman (27), and being declared the Perfect Game Freshman of the Year.
It was a surprise when White announced his decision to enter the transfer portal, and an even bigger surprise that he
was heading to LSU where first base is locked up by phenom Tre’ Morgan at the moment.
Also joining LSU via the transfer portal will be shortstop Jack Pineda from Baylor. Pineda batted .300 for the Bears with 7 homeruns, 35 RBIs, an OBP of .392, and a .502 slugging percentage.
Coach Johnson still has another coaching position to fill and likely isn’t done utilizing the transfer portal. Nine Tigers from the 2022 team have announced their intention to enter the portal including fan favorite Giovanni DiGiacomo.
6/27/2022 02:33:19 pm
First nobody worth beans has entered th portal. Digiacomo is hated by most fans for being a terrible player who got benched. Fan Favorite? No. Hasty is being a baby for being benched. He came out swinging and folded. So now he’s worried about the pitching coach.lol. That’s not going to keep him from slumping.
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