Jared Poché, the all-time winningest pitcher in LSU history, announced his retirement from professional baseball.
Poché, 24, wrote on Instagram he had decided to "walk away from the game" in the midst of his third season with the Oakland A's organization.
After winning 39 games at LSU, Poché was drafted in the ninth round of the 2017 MLB Draft. He went 8-6 with a 4.41 ERA last year, but Poché struggled this season with the Stockton Ports.
Poché had an 0-6 record and an 8.53 ERA this year. He announced his retirement on Wednesday morning, writing the following message with his post:
"Been one hell of a journey, since I was 4 years old, I fell in love with this game and never looked back. I wouldn’t change a single thing if I could do it all over again.
"As an athlete, there comes a point in everyone’s career when he must make a decision to walk away from the game. For some, it’s a 20 year MLB career and for others it will always feel too soon.
"I am at peace with this decision I have made and will face this next chapter in my life with the same energy and work ethic that I brought to the field each and every day.
"I’d like say it was an absolute pleasure to play the game as long as I did in front of the greatest fans in the game."
Poché set an LSU record with 70 career starts, and he helped lead the Tigers to the finals of the College World Series his senior year.