Alex Lange stays ‘locked in’ and weathers delay in eight-inning gem, pushing LSU past Rice _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU catcher Michael Papierski (2) and LSU starting pitcher Alex Lange (35) walk to the dugout from the bullpen before Game 4 of the 2016 NCAA Baton Rouge Regional between LSU and Rice, Sunday, June 5, 2016, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU juniors Alex Lange, Mike Papierski and Greg Deichmann cracked Baseball America's top 100 college draft prospects list, released Friday morning. 

Lange checked in at No. 7 in the publication's initial ranking. Papierski is No. 79 and Deichmann is No. 83. 

Lange is one of several hard-throwing right-handers in the Southeastern Conference who figure to be high picks in this June's draft. The Missouri native has been outstanding in two years on the mound for LSU, logging 256 strikeouts in 216 innings while going 20-4. 

He was one of of five SEC righties in the top 11, joining Florida's Alex Faedo (1), Vanderbilt's Kyle Wright (5), Missouri's Tanner Houck (8) and South Carolina's Wil Crowe (11). 

Papierski was the No. 8 catcher on the list after hitting .242 with three home runs and 20 RBIs last season. The 6-foot-3 Illinois native also threw out 19 base stealers, tied for the second-most in the conference. 

Deichmann was a highly regarded player coming out of Brother Martin High School, and he started to put it all together toward the tail end of the 2016 season. He had 26 RBIs in his final 21 games to finish with a team-best 57 RBIs on the season. Deichmann also clubbed a team-best 11 home runs, five of which came in his final 10 games. 

Former LSU left-hander Jake Latz, who transferred to Kent State this offseason, was ranked No. 77. 

The LSU trio were the only players from Louisiana colleges to make the list. 

The SEC was well-represented throughout the list, but it was especially present at the top. Faedo and Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall claimed the top two spots, and nine of the top 18 players hailed from SEC schools. 

In total, the SEC made up for more than a quarter of the top 100, with 26 players on the list. Florida tied with North Carolina for most players on the list with five and was one of nine SEC schools to put more than one player on the list. 

Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Georgia were the only SEC schools not to be represented. 

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