Three LSU players — including a pair of draft-eligible sophomores — landed on Baseball America's list of the top 100 college baseball draft prospects.
Outfielder Zach Watson (No. 23) and right-hander Zack Hess (No. 44) are only sophomores, but both are eligible to be selected in the 2018 draft. Junior outfielder Antoine Duplantis (No. 72) rounded out LSU's representation on the list.
Watson started his freshman season as a reserve outfielder, but blossomed into one of the more dynamic players in LSU's lineup by season's end. He is able to generate tremendous bat speed with his wiry, athletic frame, evidenced by his nine home runs in 221 at-bats last season — the second-best rate among LSU regulars behind 2017 second-rounder Greg Deichmann.
The Ruston native also possesses high-end speed, and is expected to begin the season manning center field for LSU.
Like Watson, Hess elevated his profile greatly in the latter portions of the season. The 6-foot-6 right-hander started the year as LSU's midweek starter, but established himself as a dominant force out of the bullpen by the end of the year, striking out 12.3 batters per nine innings in 30 appearances.
His role is as yet undefined going into 2018, though it is believed he will start the season in LSU's weekend rotation. If Hess is able to duplicate his success as a starter that he had in the bullpen this season, it is likely he would ascend on this list of draft-eligible prospects.
Duplantis has been a steady force at the plate for LSU the past two seasons, hitting for a .321 career average in 557 collegiate at-bats while playing all three outfield spots.
Florida right-hander Brady Singer, whom LSU coach Paul Mainieri has said numerous times he believes will be the No. 1 pick in next season's draft, was rated as the top college prospect going into the season.
It is the third consecutive year a Florida pitcher has topped Baseball America's initial rankings, with Singer following Alex Faedo and A.J. Puk.
Ten of the top 25 prospects on Baseball America's list play in the Southeastern Conference.