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By: Terrill J. Weil
BATON ROUGE, LA - Jay Johnson held a press conference Monday morning to introduce new staff members as well as announce his fall ball team roster...
Press conference video is posted below....
LSU BASEBALL COACH JAY JOHNSON RELEASES FALL ROSTER
By: William Franques
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson on Monday released the Tigers’ fall semester roster that includes the 20 members of the incoming recruiting class that have joined the program.
Johnson said it’s been 56 days since the Tigers claimed the 2023 College World Series title on June 26, and the focus of the program now shifts to preparation for the 2024 season.
"We’ve had a very busy two months relative to recruiting and finishing up this roster,” Johnson, the 2023 National Coach of the Year, said. “Obviously, the transfer portal has changed the dynamic of how we do business. We were very successful with the MLB Draft, only losing one of our recruits to professional baseball.
“We think this is an extremely talented class that combined with our returning players will get us started on a good note in fall workouts.”
Johnson said the Tigers will engage in individual drills and strength training for the next several weeks prior to beginning their full-squad fall practice period, featuring intra-squad scrimmages, on October 5.
Listed below are the members of LSU’s 2023 signing class:
32 Kade Anderson, LHP
Madisonville, La. (St. Paul’s HS)
9 Mac Bingham, OF
San Diego, Calif. (Torrey Pines HS/Arizona)
10 Michael Braswell III, INF
Mableton, Ga. (Campbell HS/South Carolina)
18 Jake Brown, LHP/OF/1B
Sulphur, La. (Sulphur HS)
· Ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the state of Louisiana by Perfect Game
· No. 18 ranked left-handed pitcher in the nation by Perfect Game
· Voted the 2023 Gatorade Louisiana Baseball Player of the Year … posted a 10-2 record on the mound with a 1.71 ERA, surrendering just 39 hits in 73.2 innings pitched while striking out 118 batters … also batted .336 with seven home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases
· Selected by the Texas Rangers in the 16th round of the 2023 MLB Draft
52 Griffin Cooley, OF
Kinder, La. (Kinder HS)
· Ranked as the No. 11 outfielder in the state of Louisiana by Perfect Game
· Voted 2023 First-Team All-State in Class 3A, batting .462 on the year
53 Dallas Dale II, OF
Apopka, Fla. (Mount Dora Christian Academy)
38 Luke Holman, RHP
Sinking Springs, Pa. (Wilson HS/Alabama)
· Pitched the past two seasons (2022-23) at Alabama, where he made 31 appearances (15 starts) and posted a 4.05 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 100.0 innings.
· Worked as Alabama’s No. 1 starter in 2023, recording a 7-4 mark and a 3.67 ERA in 81.0 innings with 87 strikeouts and a .186 opponent batting average … finished No. 2 in the SEC in WHIP (1.05) and No. 3 in the league in opponent batting average and hits per nine innings (6.00)
55 Cameron Johnson, LHP
Upper Marlboro, Md. (IMG Academy)
· Ranked nationally by Perfect Game as the No. 2 left-hander pitcher and the No. 11 overall player
· Selected in the 20th round of the 2023 MLB Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals
· Ranked as the No. 42 overall prospect entering the 2023 Draft by MLB Pipeline
23 Gage Jump, LHP
Aliso, Calif. (JSerra Catholic HS/UCLA)
20 Ryan Kucherak, INF
Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton HS)
54 Trenton Lape, RHP
Bossier City, La. (Parkway HS)
44 Ashton Larson, OF
Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas HS)
· Ranked nationally as the No. 13 outfielder and the No. 78 overall player by Perfect Game
· The No. 1 ranked overall player in the state of Kansas by Perfect Game
· Selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 2023 MLB Draft
6 Justin Loer, LHP
Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville South HS/Xavier University)
4 Steven Milam, INF
Las Cruces, N.M. (Centennial HS)
43 Derrick Mitchell, OF
Plano, Texas (John Paul II HS)
24 Austen Roellig, INF
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Etiwanda HS)
· No. 11 ranked shortstop and No. 37 ranked overall player in the state of California by Perfect Game
· Ranked as the No. 51 shortstop in the nation by Perfect Game
46 MJ Seo, RHP
Carrollton, Texas (Hebron HS)
51 Dylan Thompson, INF/RHP
Moss Bluff, La. (Sam Houston HS)
40 Fidel Ulloa, RHP
Lodi, Calif. (Lodi HS/San Joaquin Delta College)
25 Kade Woods, RHP
West Monroe, La. (Ouachita Christian HS/Alabama)
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