LSU had more “wild cards” in this season’s MLB Draft than in recent years.
Coach Paul Mainieri and recruiting coordinator Andy Cannizaro are almost certain to lose signee Riley Pint, the No. 2 overall prospect according to Baseball America who isn’t expected to fall out of the top-10 in tonight’s first round, which begins at 6 p.m.
Here is the slot value for 2016’s top-10 picks, courtesy MLB.com
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Mainieri also “doesn’t doubt” juniors Jake Fraley and Jared Poche will sign professionally, a thought he’s maintained since before the season began.
The coach said gave Poche the opening night start against Cincinnati, in part, because it was “probably” his last season at LSU.
Fraley confirmed he’d forgo his senior season and sign with the Tampa Bay Rays shortly after the club selected him No. 77 overall.
Now attention turns to seven other signees ranked in the Baseball America Top 500 and a number of current players who have life-altering decisions looming. Aside from Pint, signees Nonnie Williams, Todd Peterson and Zack Hess appear to be LSU’s most coveted pledges.
Eight current players and six signees were drafted in the three-day draft. All are listed below
Riley Pint RHP, St. Thomas Aquinas
Selected No. 4 overall by Colorado Rockies — slot value of $5,258,700
Zack Hess, RHP, Liberty Christian Academy, Lynchburg, VA
Selected No. 1,058 overall (35th round) by the New York Yankees
Kyle Weatherly, RHP, Grayson Community College
Selected No. 252 overall by the Toronto Blue Jays — slot value of $174,700
Hunter Kiel, RHP, Pensacola State College
Selected No. 869 overall (29th round) by the Arizona Diamondbacks
Jake Slaughter, SS, Ouachita Christian School
Selected No. 1,094 overall (36th round) by the Chicago Cubs
Josh Smith, SS, Catholic High School
Selected No. 1,135 overall (38th round) by the Detroit Tigers
1B Greg Deichmann
Selected No. 783 overall (26th round) by the Minnesota Twins as a third baseman
RHP Jesse Stallings
Selected No. 438 overall (15th round) by the Cincinnati Reds
CF Jake Fraley
Selected No. 77 overall by Tampa Bay Rays. Slot value is $826,200
LHP Jared Poche
Selected No. 414 overall (14th round) by the San Diego Padres
2B Cole Freeman
Selected No. 551 overall (18th round) by the Los Angeles Dodgers
SS Kramer Robertson
Selected No. 962 overall (32nd round) by the Cleveland Indians
RHP Parker Bugg
Selected No. 803 overall (27th round) by the Miami Marlins
RHP Riley Smith
Selected No. 719 overall (24th round) by the Arizona Diamondbacks