Former Live Oak High School catcher Blaise Priester is awfully good at hitting fastballs. But last week, Priester got a change-up when he was not selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
However, Priester responded with a curveball Saturday. He announced on Twitter he plans to sign with LSU. Priester signed with Meridian Community College last fall.
Priester said LSU reached out to him Monday night after the MLB Draft concluded. New LSU coach Jay Johnson asked if Priester and his family coach come to LSU for a visit Thursday.
After that visit, Priester took two days to consider his options before making his final decision.
"Coach Johnson is a new coach here and he did a good job explaining his approach and what he expects for the team," Priester said. "He also explained how he planned to use me and what he would expect for me. That was important for me and my family."
Priester said the toughest part was calling Meridian coach Dillon Sudduth to inform he was now planning to go to LSU.
"That was tough, but he (Sudduth) said he understood and that there were no hard feelings," Priester added.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Priester is latest player to join an LSU roster that seems to evolve daily with incoming and exiting transfers as Johnson settles in.
As a senior, Priester led the Eagles to a No. 3 playoff seeding in Class 5A with a .426 batting average. He had 10 home runs, eight doubles, six triples and 44 RBIs while batting leadoff.
Priester also threw out 12 of 22 baserunners. He was the All-Metro MVP for Classes 5A-4A and also earned Class 5A all-state honors.
Before the MLB draft, Priester was listed among the top 200 prospects by multiple scouting services. He joins former Zachary standout Alex Milazzo in LSU’s stable of catchers.