LSU picked up a transfer pitcher who could serve as a potential midweek starter for the Tigers.
Lefty John Valek, a Parkland, Florida, native, will join the program after spending the last three seasons as a starter for Akron. He is immediately eligible to play because Akron is shutting down its baseball program.
Valek visited the Tigers this week and made his commitment after the visitation.
Valek had a 3.25 ERA and went 6-6 last season for the Zips, who announced they were cutting baseball this summer. Players are eligible to transfer to other schools without sitting out the usual one year.
Valek finished 2014 with a 2.77 ERA and had a 4.15 ERA as a freshman in 2013. He has a career record of 16-18 in his three years as a starter and has been the team leader in innings pitched the last two seasons.
LSU spent much of last season searching for a No. 3 starting pitcher and never really found one. Ace Alex Lange and rising junior Jared Poche are expected to assume starting roles. Jake Godfrey, Doug Norman and Austin Bain will likely compete to fill out LSU’s rotation. The Tigers are also adding freshman Cole McKay to the mix.