Former starting pitcher Cody Glenn and two freshman reserves plan to transfer from the LSU baseball team, coach Paul Mainieri said Monday.
Glenn, the team’s No. 2 or 3 starter last season, has struggled in 2014 and was relegated to spot duty out of the bullpen. Dakota Dean and Jarret DeHart plan to transfer to junior colleges for more playing time.
Glenn began the season in a battle to retain his position as a weekend starter, but he lost out to junior-college transfer Kyle Bouman.
He did not make the team’s postseason roster or the 27-man travel roster for this week’s trip to Auburn. Maineri informed him of that Monday morning. Glenn was not on the eligible roster for this past weekend’s series against Alabama.
Glenn has not told Mainieri officially that he’ll transfer, but the coach expects that to happen.
“I would not be surprised if he plans to transfer,” Mainieri said. “It may be in his best interest. I don’t have enough confidence in him as a pitcher to utilize him in the postseason. There’s probably a message there for him.”
Glenn said in a text message that he will transfer to Lipscomb, an Atlantic Sun Conference school based in Nashville, Tennessee. Glenn’s father, Greg, was named Lipscomb Academy head of school last month; it’s a private, college preparatory school that is governed by the university.
“If I could do it again. You know Id do it the same.” Glenn posted on his Twitter account Monday night.
The Tigers (36-14-1, 14-11-1 Southeastern) head into the final regular-season series from Thursday to Saturday at Auburn (27-25, 10-17) with 12 healthy pitchers. Teams normally have 15 to 17 hurlers.
Freshman outfielder Cade Stone replaced Glenn on the travel roster.
“I felt (it was) in the best interest of our team as far as giving us the best chance to win (that) Cade could contribute more,” Mainieri said.
A junior from Texas, Glenn had a team-worst 5.51 ERA this year and allowed 42 hits in his 32.2 innings — a baffling follow-up to a solid season in 2013. Glenn was 7-3 with a 2.68 ERA last season, but he was suspended for the team’s NCAA regional for breaking undisclosed team rules.
He was reinstated for the super regional against Oklahoma but did not pitch, then started the Tigers’ second game of the College World Series against North Carolina, lasting two innings and giving up three earned runs and five hits in a 4-2 loss that ended LSU’s season.
Why such the disparity in Glenn’s performance this year?
“Last year, perhaps he overachieved,” Mainieri said. “He did a lot of great things last year. God bless him. He did a great job for us. This year, he just didn’t make the same quality of pitches. He didn’t have the same movement on his fastball. He made some critical fielding errors.
“He’s never had overpowering stuff. The margin of error for him is very slight because he doesn’t throw exceptionally hard.”
Glenn’s final outing this season came in LSU’s 4-3 loss in the series finale May 4 at Texas A&M. Glenn, first out of the bullpen, allowed a double and single and threw a possible double-play ball into the dirt at second base.
He started seven games this year, the last coming April 2 against McNeese State. In those seven starts, he allowed 14 earned runs in a combined 25.2 innings.
Dean, the brother of former LSU first baseman Blake Dean, and DeHart, an outfielder from New Jersey, each played in 10 games and started two. DeHart was 3-for-15. Dean, a first baseman, was 0-for-11. DeHart is the cousin of former LSU All-America pitcher Brett Laxton, who played for the Tigers from 1993-96.
Blake Dean played at LSU from 2007-10. He’s second on LSU’s career list with 332 hits.
Dakota Dean said he plans on transferring to a junior college near his home in Crestview, Florida. He said his brother agrees with his decision to leave LSU and seek more playing time.
“I talked to him today. He said I had to do what’s best for me,” Dakota Dean said. “I want to play every day, and there’s a possibility that we’re only losing two players next year. That could put me in a bind. Didn’t want to be put in that situation again.”
Poché’s brief start
Freshman pitcher Jared Poché will get a tune-up before his start in the series-opening game Thursday at Auburn. He’ll start Tuesday’s game against Northwestern State (30-21) but won’t throw past the first inning, Mainieri said.
Poché was expected to start in the rubber match Sunday between LSU and Alabama. That game was canceled because of rain and lightning. His last start came May 3 at Texas A&M.
“It would be 11 days between starts, and it’s just too long for him,” Mainieri said. “He most definitely will not pitch more than one inning, and he may not finish the first inning.”
Poché’s start Tuesday will replace his weekly throwing session in the bullpen.
“This will me a little bit better, throwing a live game to live hitters,” he said. “I think it will only help.”
Among the five major polls, LSU dropped in two and remained the same in three. The Tigers are ranked No. 8, 10, 13, 15 and 15. The Tigers’ RPI, according to WarrenNolan.com, is 20. The NCAA releases its official RPI on Tuesdays. ... Sunday’s scheduled Senior Day will be moved to Tuesday. LSU will honor Kurt McCune, Nate Fury, Christian Ibarra and Sean McMullen before the game.