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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Eades first of 31 Louisiana draftees

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  • Led by second-round pick Ryan Eades, 10 LSU Tigers were selected in the Major League Baseball first-year player draft, held last week.
    Seven high school players were taken, along with five from Tulane and three from Louisiana Tech.
    A look at the 31 draftees with ties to Louisiana's colleges and high schools:
    Ryan Eades, RHP, LSU (Minnesota Twins, 2nd round, 43rd overall) — Besides possessing a mid-90s fastball, the 6-3, 200-pound junior can throw his curve and changeup for strikes.
    LSU's Saturday starter, Eades has an 8-1 record with a 2.79 earned run average, while striking out 78 batters and walking 32 in 100 innings. During his time at LSU, he has compiled a three-year record of 17-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 171 punchouts in 233 innings.
    Eades was originally drafted in the 19th round by the Colorado Rockies out of Slidell Northshore in 2010.
    Justin Williams, SS, Terrebonne HS (Arizona Diamondbacks, 2nd round, 52nd overall) — A lefthanded batter with some power, the 17-year-old Williams played shortstop in high school, but is projected as an outfielder at his next stop.
    Using a wooden bat during his senior season, the LSU signee hit .333 with four home runs, seven doubles and 13 RBI.
    Ivan Wilson, CF, Ruston HS (New York Mets, 3rd round, 76th overall) — A five-tool player, the 6-3, 215-pound Wilson hit .383 with eight home runs, 36 RBI and 12 stolen bases in helping the Bearcats to the District 2-5A championship. In his final high school game, he belted three home runs off of LSU signee Kale Breaux in a 7-4 second-round playoff loss to Sulphur.
    Stuart Turner, C, Ole Miss (Minnesota Twins, 3rd round, 78th overall) — A highly-regarded defensive catcher, the Johnny Bench Award finalist threw out 21-of-41 base stealers in his only season in Oxford. He also hit .374 with five home runs and 52 RBI.
    Signing with LSU-Eunice out of Eunice High School, Turner won a Junior College Division II Gold Glove award and helped the Bengals to a national championship.
    JaCoby Jones, CF, LSU (Pittsburgh Pirates, 3rd round, 87th overall) — Projected as an outfielder at the professional level, Jones has played second base for the bulk of his junior season at LSU. He is batting .299 with six home runs, 31 RBI and a dozen stolen bases.
    Page 2 of 5 - Jones was originally drafted by the Houston Astros in 2010 out of Richton (Miss.) High School.
    Mason Katz, 2B, LSU (St. Louis Cardinals, 4th round, 125th overall) — Undrafted out of New Orleans Jesuit, Katz has had a stellar career as a four-year starter at LSU. He is currently batting .366 with a .630 slugging percentage, 15 home runs, 14 doubles, a pair of triples and 68 RBI.
    Nick Rumbelow, RHP, LSU (New York Yankees, 7th round, 224th overall) — Bringing a 90-plus mph fastball and an above average curve out of the bullpen, Rumbelow has a 1-0 record with a 3.41 ERA in 30 appearances (1 start) for the Tigers. Working 31 2/3 innings, the 6-0, 190-pound junior has registered 30 strikeouts, while walking 14 and giving up 24 hits.
    David Napoli, LHP, Tulane (Washington Nationals, 8th round, 256th overall) — Starting the season in the bullpen, the 5-10, 180-pounder from New Orleans Isidore Newman was moved into the starting rotation. He posted a 5-3 record with a 3.00 ERA and 51 punchouts, while allowing only 39 hits in 66 innings.
    Will LaMarche, RHP, LSU (Detroit Tigers, 9th round, 276th overall) — A 6-3, 220-pound reliever, Marche is currently 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA. He has notched 25 strikeouts against 13 walks, while surrendering 20 hits in 26 1/3 innings.
    LaMarche underwent Tommy John surgery following his freshman season at Long Beach State and transferred to Chabot (Calif.) Community College as a sophomore.
    Chad Jones, LHP, LSU (Cincinnati Reds, 9th round, 285th overall) — During his career at LSU, the former Baton Rouge Southern Lab star was part of national championship teams in football (2007) and baseball (2009).
    In his last collegiate baseball game, the 6-2, 220-pound Jones threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings as LSU defeated Texas in the decisive Game 3 of the 2009 College World Series.
    Drafted by the New York Giants as a safety in the third round of the 2010 draft, Jones nearly lost his left leg in an auto accident and never played a snap in the NFL.
    Brennan Middleton, SS, Tulane (Washington Nationals, 10th round, 316th overall) — A four-year starter from Baton Rouge Parkview Baptist, Middleton hit a career-high .357 as a junior. His 2013 season line includes a .295 batting average, a .372 on base percentage and 19 multi-hit games.
    Page 3 of 5 - Ty Ross, C, LSU (San Francisco Giants, 12th round, 372nd overall) — Highly-skilled as a receiver, the 6-2, 205-pound junior has a .998 fielding percentage. In his third season as a starter, Ross is currently batting .215 with three home runs and 32 RBI.
    Chris Cotton, LHP, LSU (Houston Astros, 12th round, 407th overall) — Cotton owns a 4-1 record with a 1.23 ERA and has tied a school record with 16 saves. Making 36 appearances, the 5-10, 170-pounder has allowed only 24 hits in 44 innings and has an outstanding 15:3 (45-3) strikeouts-to-walks ratio. Opposing batters are hitting just .158 against the former Shreveport Byrd standout.
    Raph Rhymes, OF, LSU (Detroit Tigers, 15th round, 456th overall) — After leading the nation in batting (.431) last year, the former Neville stalwart is hitting .343 with four homers, 15 doubles, a triple, 46 RBI and a .413 on base percentage as a senior. Playing left field, he has not committed an error all season.
    This marks Rhymes' third time to be drafted as he was chosen in the 40th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011 and by the New York Yankees in the 30th round in 2012.
    Jalen Williams, RHP, Westminster Christian Academy (Boston Red Sox, 16th round, 473rd overall) — Williams hit at a .390 clip as a senior, but the Red Sox were more intrigued by the 6-4, 210-pounder's low-90s fastball. A two-sport athlete, Williams has signed to play wide receiver for Nicholls State.
    Ryan Gebhardt, SS, Louisiana Tech (Arizona Diamondbacks, 17th round, 510th overall) — During a suspension-shortened junior season, Gebhardt hit .289 with 17 RBI in 36 games. Signing with the Bulldogs out of Ouachita, Gebhardt turned in a .341 batting average as a freshman, followed by a .343 mark as a sophomore.
    Garrett Cannizaro, 3B, Tulane (Los Angeles Angels, 18th round, 547th overall) — As a senior, Cannizaro hit .263 with three home runs, 14 doubles and 33 ribbies. Drafted by the Yankees in the 32nd round in 2012, Cannizaro improved his stock significantly with an extra year in school.
    Signed as a shortstop out of Mandeville High, Cannizaro spent his entire career with the Green Wave at third base.
    Sam Alvis, LHP, Louisiana Tech (Miami Marlins, 21st round, 622nd overall) — A two-way player, the 6-0, 195-pound junior was drafted as a pitcher. He was 0-2 with a 4.71 earned run average in 17 appearances for the Bulldogs last season. At the plate, Alvis produced a .269 batting average, with four home runs, eight doubles and 13 RBI.
    Page 4 of 5 - Jose De Leon, RHP, Southern (Los Angeles Dodgers, 24th round, 724th overall) — In 12 starts, the junior from Isabela, Puerto Rico registered a 4-3 record with a 2.84 ERA in 12 starts. He struck out 73, walked 31 and gave up 62 hits in 82 1/3 innings pitched.
    Tony Rizzotti, RHP, Tulane (San Diego Padres, 25th round, 748th overall) — As the Green Wave's Friday starter, the 6-4, 225-pound Rizzotti put together a 5-4 record with a 2.22 ERA. A redshirt sophomore with a fastball in the mid-90s, Rizzotti struck out 57 and walked 23 in 81 innings.
    Stone Speer, LHP, New Orleans (Tampa Bay Rays, 25th round, 758th overall) — In 19 appearances (10 starts), the 6-0, 195-pounder became the Privateers' first draftee since 2010 despite a 1-8 record and a 6.26 ERA. He had two saves on the season.
    Speer signed with Delgado Community College out of John Curtis, before transferring to UNO.
    Taylor Terrasas, 3B, Louisiana Tech (Cincinnati Reds, 30th round, 915th overall) — A bright spot during Tech's 2013 season, Terrasas led the Bulldogs in batting average (.292), hits (59), doubles (16) and total bases (75) as a senior.
    Christian Ibarra, 3B, LSU (Pittsburgh Pirates, 32nd round, 959th overall) — A transfer from Rio Hondo (Calif.) Community College, the 5-7, 180-pound junior is batting .315 with six home runs, 17 doubles and 39 RBI. Ibarra was recently named to the SEC's All-Defensive team.
    Steven Sensley, OF, University High, (Minnesota Twins, 33rd round, 980th overall) — A lefthanded batter with some pop, the 6-1, 205-pounder closed out his high school career with a .390 batting average, a .527 on base percentage and a .708 slugging percentage as a three-year starter. His senior stat line included a .433 batting average, a .567 on base percentage and a .773 slugging mark, with seven homers, three triples, six doubles and 42 RBI. Showing a keen eye at the plate, he also drew 27 walks.
    An LSU-Eunice signee, Sensley has indicated that he is leaning toward playing for the Bengals next season rather than signing a professional contract.
    Garrett Williams, LHP, Parkview Baptist (San Diego Padres, 33rd round, 988th overall) — Although the Oklahoma State signee informed MLB scouts that he plans to honor his college commitment, the Padres took a chance on the 6-3, 195-pounder with a 92 mph fastball. Williams was 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 58 innings as a senior at Shreveport Calvary Baptist. A two-time Class 2A All-State first baseman, Williams hit .380 with seven home runs and 40 RBI for the Cavaliers last season.
    Page 5 of 5 - Baseball America ranked Williams as the No. 65 prospect in the 2013 draft.
    Alex Byo, RHP, Tulane (Arizona Diamondbacks, 33rd round, 990th overall) — Tulane's Saturday starter, Byo was 6-4 with a 2.91 ERA. In 99 innings, the 6-2, 205-pound senior struck out 49 and walked 27 in 14 starts.
    Cole Stapler, RHP, Dutchtown (Miami Marlins, 35th round, 1,042nd overall) — A 6-2, 240-pounder, the Nicholls State signee's fastball has been clocked as high as 92 mph.
    Cory Jordan, RHP, Grambling State (Tampa Bay Ray, 35th round, 1,058th overall) — In 16 appearances (three starts), the 6-5, 220-pound junior was 2-3 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves. Jordan struck out 27 batters and walked 18, while allowing 39 hits in 41 2/3 innings.
    Jeffrey Enloe, LHP, Central Arkansas (San Diego Padres, 37th round, 1,108th overall) — As a senior, the 6-5, 215-pounder fashioned a 7-5 record with a 3.43 ERA and four complete games in 16 starts in helping the Bears reached the Starkville Regional finals. Working 110 2/3 innings, Enloe struck out 86 and walked a mere 25.
    A Dutchtown High alumnus, Enloe played two seasons at Lurleen B. Wallace (Alabama) CC prior to transferring to UCA.
    Luke Voiron, C, Delgado Community College (Pittsburgh Pirates, 38th round, 1,139th overall) — A 6-2, 210-pounder, Voiron hit .369 with a .474 on base percentage, two homers and 22 RBI to go along with a .991 fielding percentage as a sophomore.
    Patrick "Bubby" Riley, LF, Delgado Community College (Chicago Cubs, 40th round, 1,188th overall) — Among Riley's sophomore numbers were a .311 batting average, a .445 on base percentage and a .556 slugging percentage, plus six dingers, eight triples, 10 doubles and 51 RBI.
    Teaming with Voiron, his former New Orleans Jesuit teammate, Riley helped the Dolphins to a 47-11 record.
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