Alex Lange will remain the Tigers’ No. 2 pitcher – for now. (HILARY SCHEINUK)
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It’s tough to answer the first question, given the fact that reporters are allowed to view just 10-20 minutes of practice . I’m not sure anyone has the edge, honestly.
Les Miles, it appears, is spreading around the love – one week praising Brandon Harris and the next praising Anthony Jennings. Given that Jennings started 12 of the 13 games last season, the junior might have “the edge,” but I do believe coaches hope Harris can make enough leaps mentally to win the job.
It’s hard to say how fewer wins LSU would have without SS Alex Bregman, but it would, indeed, be fewer. And that’s just considering his defense. Bregman is a hit stealer. I’m guessing that he’s stolen 15-20 hits this season. The guy has made one error in 29 games. He’s played the last 26 without committing an error.
Take his two plays in the win over UL-Lafayette: caught a hard lineout, flipped it to second for an inning-ending DP with the bases loaded; turned a DP in the ninth inning by himself.
No. At least not yet. It appears that this will happen at some point this season – that Lange will move into the No. 1 role. The guy leads the SEC in ERA. He’s got a fastball that touches 95 and a curveball that hits 86-87 mph – one that Mainieri calls “big league.”
However, the coach is hesitant to move him into such a crucial role so early in his freshman season. The timing isn’t right, Mainieri said again earlier this week.
So when will it be right? By guess is in two to four weeks.
Malachi Dupre, Travin Dural, Trey Quinn. D.J. Chark appears to be making movement and don’t forget about John Diarse.
No matter who starts, LSU is deep and talented at receiver.
See two answers above.
Over. I think 1,200 yards is a fair over/under. That’s about what I would have put it at – maybe 1,300. Another year of experience means more maturity, knowledge, etc. If he had 1,034 yards as a freshman, he can hit the 1,300-mark this season, if not much more.
Remember last year that coaches didn’t begin feeding him the ball regularly until halfway through the season. More on that here.
I think Mainieri and the staff hope Latz – out until at least May recovering from an elbow injury – will develop into a Chad Jones-type player.
Jones left the 2009 LSU baseball team for spring football practice and returned late in the season. The lefty, like Latz, had a 2.70 ERA in 6.2 innings down the stretch, helping the Tigers to the 2009 national title.
Hate to the be bearer of bad news but …
Foster is a senior. So, he’s gone. And, at the rate he’s hitting (.330, 7 homers), will be a mid-to-high draft pick.
Mainieri expects to lose the three others – Laird, Bregman and Stevenson – along with Chris Chinea. He’s expecting all four to leave early for pro ball. Will they? Probably not. There’s a good possibility that three of four of them will, though.
Bregman is a lock to leave early. Stevenson and Laird are both having great seasons, too.