After leading LSU with 11 home runs and 57 RBIs last year, Greg Deichmann’s bat will likely find a way into the lineup again in 2017.
But where his glove goes is up for consideration.
LSU coach Paul Mainieri said Deichmann, who started 50 games at first base last season, will get a look in LSU’s outfield during fall practice.
“We’re going to experiment with that this fall,” Mainieri said.
Deichmann also played some third base last season, starting five games there before switching over to first base full time April 2.
He committed eight errors in 437 fielding opportunities but did not commit an error in his final 22 games. He finished the year with a .982 fielding percentage.
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“He’s a good athlete, he can run, he’s got a good arm,” Mainieri said. “He was an OK first baseman, but I wouldn’t say he was a gold glove first baseman anyway. So we’re going to see if the outfield might be a position where his future is.”
Ducote to leave program
Outfielder Cody Ducote, who transferred to LSU last season from Delgado Community College, is leaving the program but will stay at LSU to complete his degree.
Mainieri said Ducote is planning to transfer after he gets his degree so that he may be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer.
“I didn’t think Cody would have a chance to start for us this year,” Mainieri said. “His option was to play out his senior year in a part-time role and then hang up the cleats, or graduate; and then as a graduate student, he would be free to transfer to any school in the country and be immediately eligible to play … so he could finish his career in a more positive way.”
Mainieri said the decision to part ways was mutual, and that he will help Ducote find the best spot after he graduates from LSU.
“He wanted his degree from LSU, which I totally supported, but he’s not going to spend his final year of eligibility being a backup at LSU,” Mainieri said.
Neither left-hander Nick Bush nor right-hander Alden Cartwright will participate in LSU’s fall practice, as both are still recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Mainieri said he was hopeful both would be able to participate when the season starts, though the timetable is a little more optimistic for Bush.
“His target for being back fully ready to pitch again is probably somewhere around December,” Mainieri said. “He won’t actually participate in competition in the fall, but we’re expecting him to be ready in January.”
Cartwright underwent surgery in April of this year.
The who, when and where became clear for the LSU baseball team Wednesday.
Odds and ends
LSU has 36 players on its roster for 2017 and must get down to the NCAA-mandated limit of 35 before the season opener. … Trent Forshag is staying with the team, but no longer as a player. He will work as an equipment manager this year.