LSU junior first baseman/catcher Tyler Moore, one of the team’s hottest hitters in the latter stages of the season, became the second Baton Rouge native to be chosen in the 2014 MLB first-year draft Friday.
Moore, a graduate of The Dunham School, was selected in the sixth round with the 175th overall pick by the New York Mets when the draft resumed with rounds 3 through 10.
Moore followed Tigers ace right-hander Aaron Nola, a former Catholic High School star who was chosen in the first round with the seventh overall selection by the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night.
They are the only two LSU players to be chosen in the first 10 rounds, although at least five others could get a call when the draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11 through 40 starting at 11 a.m.
Moore, who was undrafted after graduating from Dunham in 2011, batted .301 for the season with six home runs — just one off the team lead — and 37 RBI. He also had 10 doubles and scored 30 runs.
The left-handed-hitting Moore hit .378 (17-for-45) in the final 12 games of the season with four homers, 22 RBIs, four doubles and 11 runs — a stretch that saw the Tigers win the Southeastern Conference tournament title.
Moore, who was named on May 19 as the National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball magazine, was voted the Most Outstanding Player of the SEC tournament after he batted .385 in four games with two home runs and six RBIs.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Friday that Moore, who was projected to be chosen between the sixth and 10th rounds, is expected to sign.
Six other players with state ties were drafted Friday — including UL-Lafayette outfielders Seth Harrison and Caleb Adams, who are preparing for the start of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ super regional Saturday night against Ole Miss.
Ruston High School right-hander David Burkhalter, a UL-Monroe signee who was 7-3 with an 0.70 ERA as a senior, went with the pick after Moore, coming off the board at No. 176 to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Harrison, a junior center fielder who hit .317 with nine home runs and 63 RBIs for the Ragin’ Cajuns this season, was one of three state players to be taken in the seventh round. He went to the San Francisco Giants with the 208th pick.
Before Harrison was taken, Southeastern Louisiana right-hander Andro Cutura and Nicholls State left-hander Taylor Byrd went 200th and 201st, respectively, to the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners.
Cutura, a Pearl River native, led SLU’s charge to the Southland Conference tournament title and an NCAA regional berth. He was 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 106 innings pitched, while Byrd, who allowed just one home run in 89 innings pitched this spring, was 8-3 with a 1.92 ERA for Nicholls.
Tulane right-handed pitcher Randy LeBlanc was taken in the 10th round with the 290th pick by the Twins. A native of Abita Springs and a Covington High School grad, LeBlanc, who had Tommy John surgery in 2011, was 4-5 with a 2.46 ERA during his junior season in 2014.
Adams became the second Ragin’ Cajuns player to be chosen when he was picked up with the 299th pick by the Los Angeles Angels. A junior left fielder, he leads UL-Lafayette in hitting with a .387 average going into super regional play with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.
Several current LSU players could be picked Saturday, including closer Joe Broussard and outfielders Mark Laird and Jared Foster.
Broussard has a high signability — willingness to sign — scouts say. Mainieri said he expects Laird to return to LSU and expects Foster to leave.
Advocate sportswriters Sheldon Mickles and Ross Dellenger contributed to this report.