LSU outfielder Mark Laird called his mother after being selected in the ninth round of the Major League Baseball draft Tuesday.
Beth Laird asked her son one question: “I said, ‘Are you happy? I don’t care about the details. Are you happy?’” she said.
Mark’s response: “Yes ma’am.”
Laird plans to forgo his senior season and sign a pro contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. They took him with the No. 264th pick overall Monday. Laird is expected to receive a signing bonus of about $150,000.
Beth Laird said the deal won’t be finalized until after LSU returns from the College World Series. The Tigers (53-10) meet TCU (49-13) at 2 p.m. Sunday on ESPN.
Laird was one of five LSU players drafted in rounds three through 10 on Tuesday. He joined catcher Kade Scivicque (fourth, No. 130 overall, Detroit); second baseman Jared Foster (fifth, No. 165, Los Angeles Angels); left-handed pitcher Zac Person (ninth, No. 259, Houston); and third baseman Conner Hale (ninth, No. 275, Seattle).
Combine those five with the two drafted Monday — shortstop Alex Bregman and center fielder Andrew Stevenson — and LSU had the most players (seven) picked in the first 10 rounds of the draft in school history.
While Bregman had his own draft party at Alex Box Stadium, Stevenson watched the selections fly by with his family and girlfriend at home in Lafayette in what he called “an awesome experience.” He was selected by Washington with the No. 58 overall pick, likely spelling the end of his career.
“There’s no chance of him coming back,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said. “Anybody that’s drafted in the first 10 rounds is going to sign.”
The Tigers next season will be down two-thirds of their outfield with Stevenson and Laird departing early. LSU is likely to lose two signees as well — an expected result of the draft.
Right-handed pitcher Jacob Taylor from Pearl River Community College and shortstop Mitch Piatnik, from State College of Florida community college, were selected on Day 2 of the draft.
Pittsburgh snagged Taylor with the No. 127 overall pick in the fourth round, while Cincinnati took Piatnik at No. 235 overall in the eighth round.
Taylor, whose signing bonus value is about $439,400, is expected to sign with the Pirates instead of coming to LSU.
“I don’t know completely yet about it,” Taylor told The Sun Herald in Biloxi/Gulfport, Mississippi. “I still have to talk to my family and advisor, but I’m thinking I want to go play pro ball.”
Piatnik’s signing bonus value is $173,600, but that could be increased to meet his demands. Mainieri doesn’t expect him to come to LSU.
“If he gets drafted today,” the coach said before Piatnik was picked Tuesday, “he’ll probably sign.”
No other LSU signees were picked Monday, likely meaning the rest of the 14-man signing class will remain together.
Right-handed pitcher Cole McKay from Smithson Valley High School in Texas did not hear his name called Tuesday. McKay announced Sunday via Twitter that he would be honoring his commitment and attending LSU in the fall.
Meanwhile, LSU’s speedy outfield took a hit this week with Stevenson and Laird’s selections.
“He’s always loved the purple and gold,” Beth Laird said. “He’s going to miss it. He really is.”
Scivicque, who was not drafted last year and walked on to LSU from junior college in 2014, supplied the best story Tuesday.
LSU hitting coach Andy Cannizaro yanked the Tigers’ senior catcher out of the team meeting room as interviews were being conducted during Tuesday’s media availability. Cannizaro had the 2015 MLB draft playing on his computer when the two stepped in front of the screen.
“Me, coach (Mainieri) and Andy were talking, and Detroit had the next pick,” Scivicque said.
One year ago, Scivicque didn’t hear his name called in any of the 40 rounds of the 2014 MLB draft. Cannizaro, who knew of the upcoming selection, made sure his catcher had the opportunity to hear it this time around.
“(It is a) dream come true,” Scivicque said. “It still doesn’t seem real. It’s amazing.”
LSU players/signees drafted
Alex Bregman, shortstop, 1st round (No. 2 overall to Astros), $7.4 million slot value bonus
Andrew Stevenson, center fielder, 2nd round (No. 58 overall to Nationals), $1.05 million slot value bonus
Jacob Taylor, signee, right-handed pitcher, 4th round (No. 127 overall to Pirates), $439,400 slot value bonus
Kade Scivicque, catcher, 4th round (No. 130 overall to Tigers), $426,800 slot value bonus
Jared Foster, second baseman, 5th round (No. 165 overall to Angels), $304,700 slot value bonus
Mitch Piatnik, signee, shortstop, 8th round (No. 235 overall to Reds), $173,600 slot value bonus
Zac Person, left-handed pitcher, 9th round (No. 259 overall to Astros), $164,200 slot value bonus
Mark Laird, right fielder ,9th round (No. 264 overall to Phillies), $162,400 slot value bonus
Conner Hale, third baseman, 9th round (No. 275 overall to Mariners), $158,300 slot value bonus
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