Friday starter: RHP Alex Lange (Jr.)
Lange is a supreme talent. The big right-hander from Missouri could come close to 400 career strikeouts by the end of this season, which will assuredly be his last in Baton Rouge. He’s a projected first-round pick in June’s MLB draft.
Saturday starter: LHP Jared Poché (Sr.)
Poché has a chance to become LSU’s all-time wins leader, though he’d need a career year (12 wins) to get that done. He is as steady as they come, winning nine games in each of his first three seasons.
Sunday starter: RHP Eric Walker (Fr.)
Walker is slight in build and not overpowering, but don’t let that fool you. He has an easy delivery and an advanced understanding of how to pitch, which is why he’s starting in the weekend rotation.
Midweek starter: RHP Zack Hess (Fr.)
Hess has the build (6-foot-6) and the stuff (mid-90s fastball, power slider) to be dominant. For now, he’ll start midweek games. He could wind up as the Sunday starter or be shifted to the bullpen for Southeastern Conference series.
Reliever: RHP Doug Norman (Jr.)
Expect Norman to be one of LSU’s most trusted relievers, possibly used as a bridge between LSU’s starters and its late-inning arms. The seventh-inning role is taking on added importance in college baseball.
Reliever: RHP Russell Reynolds (Sr.)
Reynolds does not have the swing-and-miss stuff that’s typically desired from the bullpen, but he’s a reliable fifth-year senior who has logged more than 70 innings out of the bullpen in the past two years.
Reliever: RHP Hunter Kiel (Jr.)
Kiel has an electric fastball and a swing-and-miss breaking ball. Expect to see him in a late-inning role with opportunities to close when Newman is used in multiple inning situations.
Closer: RHP Hunter Newman (Sr.)
Newman emerged as LSU’s closer last season and thrived in that role. He’s not overpowering, but he has the right mentality to handle pressure situations.