LAFAYETTE — The Ragin’ Cajuns have begun their annual summer migration.
Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux said his players have started to make their way to summer league teams, and a few of them could have a brief shot to make a lasting impact.
Left-handed pitcher Gunner Leger will play in the Cape Cod League with the Wareham Gatemen, and fellow southpaw Hogan Harris could join him.
The Cape Cod League is widely regarded as the premier summer scouting showcase for college baseball players, giving them a chance to compete against the best players in the country in front of scouts’ eyes.
But Leger will be held to a strict innings limit, which Robichaux pegged at around 20 innings. The same goes for Harris if he ends up making the trip.
“The Cape is real good about allowing guys to go in and limit their innings pitched and then let them leave when they’ve had enough,” Robichaux said.
Leger did not play summer baseball after his freshman season, when he threw 114.1 innings as the Cajuns made a postseason run. He threw 22.2 fewer innings this season, making summer league a possibility. Harris logged just 27.2 innings as a freshman.
Robichaux said pitchers Dylan Moore, Evan Guillory, Wyatt Marks and Jevin Huval will be shut down for the summer and will instead work with the team’s strength staff. The same goes for position players Brenn Conrad and Joe Robbins, with Robbins also needing time to rehabilitate a nagging hand injury.
Steven Sensley, Hunter Kasuls and Logan Stoelke will compete for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League. Jam Williams and Dylon Poncho will stay much closer to home and play for the Acadiana Cane Cutters.
Ishmael Edwards will play for the Brockton Rox of the New England Futures League, though he is currently listed as “disabled” on the official roster.
Future opponents and parity
Coastal Carolina earned its first trip to the College World Series by beating LSU in back-to-back super regional games Saturday and Sunday. Robichaux watched intently, because the Chanticleers officially become a Sun Belt squad July 1.
“They’re going to definitely help our conference,” Robichaux said. “It would’ve been nice to have a Louisiana team in Omaha, but baseball right now, the parity in it is something unique.”
Of the seven teams to secure a trip to Omaha by Sunday, five were lower-seeded teams that won on the road.