The 2017 LSU Baseball Season

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  1. mctiger

    mctiger closet claustrophic Staff Member

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    Kraemer Robertson went deep twice in his second game as a pro:

     
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  2. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    3 weeks too late.
     
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  3. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Returning players (by class)
    Seniors:
    Beau Jordan
    Austin Bain - Texas collegiate league
    Nick Coomes - injury rehab

    Juniors:
    Bryce Jordan (Redshirt)
    Caleb Gilbert
    Antoine Duplantis - Cape Cod
    Chris Reid - Prospect League
    Brennan Breaux

    Sophomores:
    Nick Bush (Redshirt) - Northwoods League
    Todd Peterson
    Zack Hess - Cape Cod
    Will Reese - Northwoods League
    Matthew Beck - Cape Cod
    Mason Templet - Prospect League
    Rankin Woley
    Eric Walker
    Jake Slaughter
    Josh Smith - Cape Cod
    Zach Watson

    Newcomers (by class)
    Juniors:
    Hunter Feduccia – C - Northwoods
    Cameron Sanders – RHP
    Taylor Petersen – LHP
    Brandt Broussard – IF
    Brandon Nowak – LHP
    Clay Moffitt – RHP

    Freshmen:
    Nick Storz – RHP/DH
    Daniel Cabrera – OF
    Nick Webre – Util
    Mason Doolittle – C
    Hal Hughes – IF
    Trent Vietmeier – RHP
    Devin Fontenot – RHP
    Matt Schroer – RHP
    John Kodros – LHP
    Ma'Khail Hilliard – RHP
    Braden Doughty – C
    AJ Labas – RHP
     
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  4. fanatic

    fanatic Evil Morty lives...

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    Exactly. He can do that against dudes who make their living pitching, but not against any FU pitchers? Think it's true that PM had them wound too tight.

    And another thing, why was the ump standing in the infield on his 2nd HR? Either I'm not very observant or I don't think I've ever seen that.
     
  5. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    That's a 2 umpire rotation. Low budget- 2 umps handle the whole game. Local softball leagues have more help.
     
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  6. Bayou Tiger

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  7. CajunlostinCali

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    Reports from the Cape Cod League

    Hess Sharp in Debut
    In one of the most anticipated debuts by a prospect this summer, Zack Hess (2018, rhp, LSU) made his Cape Cod League debut for the Bourne Braves on Wednesday night. To end any suspense – he did not disappoint. Hess, who rose to national stardom for his performance and personality out of the LSU bullpen in Omaha, has a specific goal in mind for his Cape League stint, and that is to prove to scouts that he can successfully transition back into a starting role and pitch there at the next level. The plan is for him to make only three or four starts on the Cape, and in this starts he will be limited to 60 pitches. The LSU coaching staff wants to see Hess work on developing his changeup and adapt his approach to log more innings, but they also want to be careful with a prized pitching prospect who is coming off just his freshman season.

    If you lined up a series of tests for Hess to pass in his first Cape start, he certainly passed them all on Wednesday night. He was able to turn down the emotions, stay under control and pitch very much like a far more experienced starting pitcher. He tossed 3.2 scoreless frames, threw 58 pitches, struck out three and walked two. There’s a caveat to those two walks as well. Hess could have easily thrown long term development out the window in favor of domination, but instead he showed commitment to mixing in his changeup, a pitch he’ll need in order to start as a professional. He threw north of ten changeups in this outing, including a couple behind in counts.

    The feel for the changeup is something that Hess will need to continue working on, but he got more and more comfortable with it throughout his Wednesday debut. His commitment to continue working on the pitch was a contributing factor to his two walks though. Hess threw one of his early changeups at 91 mph, which really behaved more like a true two-seam fastball, but he eventually settled at 87-89 mph and it in turn showed more significant fading and sinking action. The 6-foot-6 overthrew a few of them and generated some cutting action, but for the most part his changeup was an overwhelming positive in this outing. There was enough feel and arm speed to project it as a future average offering.

    Then of course there is the Zack Hess fastball, which most people know him for. Hess came out of the gate in the first inning pumping at 94-96 mph fastball that was well-spotted down in the zone. There is still aggression and effort to his delivery, but he was relatively under control and able to repeat pretty consistent. Hess also has good life to the fastball, and was able to dot a couple of them to his glove side. He eventually settled more at 93-94 mph and did not throw a fastball below 92 over his 58 pitches.

    The slider continued to be the key pitch for Hess in this outing, however. He has as much or more confidence in locating his breaking ball than he does in his fastball, and was able to consistently thread the needle on the corner to his arm side. Thrown at 81-85 mph, he was able to vary the shape and speed when needed and consistent showed 60 action and no worse than 55 action throughout the outing. It’s a slider with two-plane and very late downward action. But it was his ability to front door it, back door it, and seemingly turn to it whenever he needed it that may eventually set Hess apart from his peers.

    We won’t know until the spring just how well Hess can carry this sort of stuff and command over 6-7 innings and 100 pitches, but in his first test of the summer, the soon-to-be draft-eligible sophomore passed with flying colors. He has first round type ability.

    – Another young LSU star, Josh Smith (2019, ss, LSU) also made his Cape Cod League debut last week, and since then has immediately been one of the most impressive players in the league. He’s picked up seven hits in his first 17 at-bats, and has one of the sweetest lefthanded swings in the league. He shows off above-average power in batting practice, which should eventually show up more in game action, and he’s been sure-handed at shortstop so far as well.

    More, I'm sure.
     
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  8. LSUpride123

    LSUpride123 Boobies make everything A OK!!!

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    Hess has crazy ass movement to his slider I think it was. Hope that is something he can do regularly.
     
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    Aaron Nola 6 IP 4H 1 BB 10 K to shut out the Astros
     
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  10. Bayou Tiger

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    Saw we were playing Arkansas today. Did we win?
     

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