Greg Deichmann to return to LSU for junior season, could be 'best power hitter in the country' _lowres


LSU first baseman Greg Deichmann, the Most Outstanding Player of the Baton Rouge regional who had a torrid end to an otherwise inconsistent sophomore season, will return to school for his junior season, he told The Advocate on Monday.

A draft-eligible sophomore, Deichmann was selected in the 26th round by the Minnesota Twins in last week’s MLB Draft. He said Monday he will play summer baseball in the Cape Cod League and it is a “done deal” that he will return to school.

Rotating between first and third base, Deichmann started 62 of LSU’s 66 games, leading the team with 10 home runs and 57 RBI. He ended the season on a six-game hitting streak, including four home runs in the Tigers’ seven-game NCAA tournament run.

Deichmann, who finished the season at .288, hit .600 in the Tigers regional win and had 13 RBI across both the regional and super regional, where he and hitting coach Andy Cannizaro made a concentrated effort to expand his strike zone and pitch selection.

LSU coach Paul Mainieri said prior to the draft that, if Deichmann were to return, he could be “the best power hitter in the country.”

The Brother Martin product now gets that chance.

With Deichmann’s decision, the Tigers now await decisions of six other drafted players — Jared Poche, Kramer Robertson, Riley Smith, Parker Bugg and Jesse Stallings.

Jake Fraley, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 77 overall pick Thursday, told The Advocate that night he planned to forgo his senior season and sign professionally.