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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU first baseman Chris Chinea (26) celebrates his ninth home run of the season in the sixth inning, against Missouri on Sunday, May 10 at LSU's Alex Box Stadium.

Seven LSU baseball players heard their names called Monday and Tuesday during the first 10 rounds of the Major League Baseball draft.

Only one junior position player remained undrafted heading into Wednesday.

But in the 17th round, the St. Louis Cardinals finally snatched LSU first baseman Chris Chinea with the No. 521 overall selection.

“I was never going to let it affect anything,” Chinea said. “But obviously you have to think about it while it’s happening. Now it’s a weight off my shoulders and I can worry about the game on Sunday.”

Chinea, who ranks second on the team in batting average (.355) and led the squad in home runs (11), provided a powerful bat lately in LSU coach Paul Mainieri’s lineup, playing in all of the squad’s 63 contests. He also led the team in slugging percentage (.559) while playing sound defense at first base (.988 fielding percentage).

The Cardinals drafted him as a catcher.

“All the scouts were looking at me as a catcher,” Chinea said. “I’ve been catching since I was 10 years old, so it won’t be that hard.”

Chinea was the last player from LSU’s roster to be selected — but he certainly wasn’t the final name from a Louisiana school to hear his name called on the final day of the draft.

Toronto selected Southern University center fielder Lance Jones in the 36th round (No. 1,082 overall).

Tulane right-hander Ian Gibaut, who went 5-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 46.1 innings this season, was taken in the 11th round (No. 328 overall) by Tampa Bay.

Southeastern Louisiana had three of its pitchers taken. Junior right-hander Jake Johnson went in the 16th round to Cincinnati; senior Kyle Keller went to Miami in the 18th round; and Tate Scioneaux went in the 39th round to Pittsburgh.

UNO’s Kevin Kelleher, a 6-foot-3 right-handed pitcher, went in the 12th round to Boston. Eight rounds later, Louisiana Tech right-hander Phil Maton went No. 597 overall to San Diego.

Meanwhile, two in-state players were taken by Toronto as McNeese State second baseman Andrew Guillotte was selected in the 32nd round and Nicholls State left-hander Stuart Holmes was taken in the 35th round. Also, Grambling had one selection; center fielder Edwin Drexler was taken by the Dodgers in the 38th round.

Two other Louisiana schools also got into the draft mix as Taylor Henry, a left-handed pitcher from Centenary College, went in the 21st round to the New York Mets. UL-Monroe junior shortstop Kodie Tidwell was selected by San Diego in the 26th round.

From the college level, Jared West, a left-hander from LSU-Shreveport, was selected in the 29th round by Seattle, and first baseman Steven Sensley from LSU-Eunice, was selected in the 38th round overall by Tampa Bay.

Dayton Dugas from Sam Houston High was selected in the 29th round by Detroit. He was the only Louisiana high school player to be selected Wednesday.


ROUNDS 11-40

Ian Gibaut, RHP, Tulane

11th round (No. 328 overall to TB)

Kevin Kelleher, RHP, UNO

12th round (No. 351 overall to BOS)

Jake Johnson, RHP, Southeastern

16th round (No. 475 overall to CIN)

Chris Chinea, C, LSU

17th round (No. 521 overall to STL)

Kyle Keller, RHP, Southeastern

18th round (No. 536 overall to MIA)

Phil Maton, RHP, Louisiana Tech

20th round (No. 597 overall to SD)

Taylor Henry, LHP, Centenary

21st round (No. 629 overall to NYM)

Kodie Tidwell, SS, ULM

26th round (No. 777 overall to SD)

Jared West, LHP, LSU-Shreveport

29th round (No. 875 overall to SEA)

Dayton Dugas, OF, Sam Houston HS

29th round (No. 880 overall to DET)

Andrew Guillotte, 2B, McNeese State

32nd round (No. 962 overall to TOR)

Stuart Holmes, LHP, Nicholls State

35th round (No. 1052 overall to TOR)

Lance Jones, CF, Southern

36th round (No. 1082 overall to TOR)

Steven Sensley, 1B, LSU-Eunice

38th round (No. 1138 overall to TB)

Edwin Drexler, CF, Grambling

38th round (No. 1152 overall to LAD)

Tate Scioneaux, RHP, Southeastern

39th round (No. 1177 overall to PIT)