Four LSU baseball players landed on D1 Baseball's list of the top 100 draft-eligible college baseball players, which was released Thursday afternoon.
LSU was one of six teams to put four players on the list, joined by Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oregon State.
Outfielder Zach Watson (31), pitchers Zack Hess (56) and Caleb Gilbert (61) and outfielder Antoine Duplantis (88) were all recognized on the list. Watson and Hess are both draft-eligible sophomores.
Coming off its national runner-up finish, LSU baseball was ranked No. 12 in the preseason top-25 released by Perfect Game on Wednesday afternoon.
This has been a busy run-up to the season for Watson in terms of buzz for 2018. The LSU centerfielder has already been named to two preseason All-American squads, and this is also his second appearance on a top-100 list for this June's MLB draft.
Watson was a mid-season addition to the LSU starting lineup, but made a mark in his 57 starts, leading the Tigers in hitting (.317) while knocking nine balls out of the park.
Though LSU coach Paul Mainieri has not confirmed anything about LSU's pitching rotation, Hess and Gilbert are expected to anchor the weekend rotation (at least to start the season) after both closed the 2017 season on a strong note.
At the College World Series, Gilbert shut down top-ranked Oregon State over 7.1 innings in his final 2017 appearance. That concluded a string of a dozen dominant performances for the then-sophomore — in which he went 5-0 with a 0.84 ERA both out of the bullpen and as a starter.
After opening 2017 as a midweek starter, Hess was lights out as late-game stopper for LSU last season. He struck out 48 batters in 32.1 innings after moving to the bullpen full time.
Hess is expected to get a chance to prove himself as a starting pitcher against Southeastern Conference competition this season, which could improve his draft stock.
Duplantis is entering his third year as a starter in the LSU outfield. He has been consistently excellent at the plate while providing a left-handed presence near the top of the LSU order the last two seasons, compiling a .321 career average.
This is the second such appearance on this type of list for Watson, Hess and Duplantis, who also made the Baseball America's top-100.
Three LSU players — including a pair of draft-eligible sophomores — landed on Baseball America's list of the top 100 college baseball draft pr…