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OPEN THREAD: 2012 MLB DRAFT & Miami Regional Championship Game, 6pm

It's a shame Miami had to get bounced 0-2 from their regional. I was so looking forward to seeing this play over and over again on TV.

It's a big evening for LSU baseball. First, the final round of the Coral Gables regional, where plucky Stony Brook faces Terry Rooney's UCF in a winner take all matchup for the right to come to Baton Rouge this weekend. The game is not on TV, but can be watched online for free at the link below, courtesy of the NCAA.



Here are the rest of today's final regional round games

Oklahoma-App State (4 ET),

NC St-Vandy (7 ET),

Baylor-Dallas Bap (7:30 ET),

Ole Miss-TCU (7:30 ET, ESPNU)

At the same time Stony Brook and UCF get underway, the 1st round of the 2012 MLB Draft wil begin on the MLB Network and free online at

First here's the list of draft eligible players on the LSU roster. It's Junior's and above, with some exceptions. We have 3 draft eligible sophomores who are over 21, including likely Top 5 pick Kevin Gausman. With the exception of Gausman, I've seen no LSU player projected higher than the 200's

21 Joe Broussard P R/R 6-1 205 So. 1L Gretna, La. (Holy Cross HS)

12 Kevin Gausman P L/R 6-4 185 So. 1L Centennial, Colo. (Grandview HS)
18 Michael Reed P R/R 6-2 195 So. 1L Houston, Texas (Stratford HS)

25 Joey Bourgeois P R/R 6-1 190 Jr. 1L Paulina, La. (Lutcher HS/LSU-Eunice)
33 Kevin Berry P R/R 6-0 185 Jr. 1L Metairie, La. (Brother Martin HS/New Orleans)
28 Casey Yocom INF R/R 5-11 192 Jr. JC Reno, Nev. (Reed HS/Feather River College)
4 Raph Rhymes OF R/R 6-0 180 Jr. 1L Monroe, La. (Neville HS/LSU-Eunice JC)
58 Chris Cotton P L/L 5-10 175 Jr. 2L Shreveport, La. (Byrd HS)
9 Arby Fields OF S/R 5-9 205 Jr. JC Alta Loma, Calif. (Los Osos HS/Cypress College)
41 Nick Goody P R/R 5-11 197 Jr. JC Orlando, Fla. (University HS/State College of Florida)
13 Alex Edward OF R/R 6-2 190 Jr. 2L Baton Rouge, La. (Parkview Baptist HS)
8 Mason Katz INF/OF R/R 5-10 190 Jr. 2L Harahan, La. (Jesuit HS)
49 Brent Bonvillain P L/L 6-2 175 Jr. JC Houma, La. (Thibodaux HS/Delgado CC)
27 Beau Didier INF L/R 6-2 200 Sr. 2L Federal Way, Wash. (Bellarmine Prep HS)
20 Jordy Snikeris C R/R 5-11 197 Sr. 1L Austin, Texas (St. Michael's HS/Texarkana JC)
11 Tyler Hanover INF R/R 5-6 163 Sr. 3L Kernersville, N.C. (North Davidson HS)
36 Austin Nola INF R/R 6-0 188 Sr. 3L Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS)
7 Grant Dozar UTIL L/R 5-10 178 Sr. 3L Morgan City, La. (Morgan City HS)

Next up, a list of LSU commits from the high school ranks. These are verbal commits only and they have right up until the signing deadline to decide whether to go pro or come to LSU. Unlike past years where we've had to play the waiting game with recruits and the madness of waiting until kids jump ship hours before the fall semester starts, the new CBA in the MLB has moved up the deadline to mid July (it varies depending on the All-Star Game, this year the deadline is July 13th at 5pm ET), along with a host of other changes meant to keep the amount spent on prospects on a more even keel. The list below is shamelessly cribbed from, a fantastic site for following both the college game as a whole and the massive world of MLB draft scouting. The big name to watch out for is Joey Gallo who is showing up on a lot of T25 lists, Jesmuel Valentin Diaz from Puerto Rico who's projected top 100, and Alex Bregman who's projected top 150.

Player Pos Ht Wt B-T High School Hometown ST College
Joey Gallo
Nat Rank
3B 6-5 220 L-R Bishop Gorman Henderson NV
Louisiana State
Alex Bregman
Nat Rank
SS 6-0 180 R-R Albuquerque Academy Albuquerque NM
Louisiana State
Jesmuel Valentin Diaz
Nat Rank
MIF 5-10 180 S-R Puerto Rico Baseball Academy Manati PR
Louisiana State
Christopher Chinea
Nat Rank
C 6-0 205 R-R Gulliver Prep Miami FL
Louisiana State
Geonte' Jackson
Nat Rank
SS 6-0 170 R-R Elkins Missouri City TX
Louisiana State
Mitchell Sewald
Nat Rank
RHP 6-5 199 R-R Archbishop Rummel Mandeville LA
Louisiana State
Russell Reynolds
Nat Rank
RHP 6-3 185 R-B Parkview Baptist Baton Rouge LA
Louisiana State
Hunter Devall
Nat Rank
LHP 5-9 180 L-L Centreville Academy (Mississippi) Clinton LA
Louisiana State
Hunter Newman
Nat Rank
RHP 6-4 185 R-R Calvary Day School Bloomingdale GA
Louisiana State
Chase Rivett
Nat Rank
OF 5-10 185 R-R East Ascension Gonzales LA
Louisiana State
Andrew Stevenson
Nat Rank
OF 6-0 170 L-L St. Thomas More Youngsville LA
Louisiana State
Taylor Butler
Nat Rank
RHP 6-1 180 R-R Barbe Lake Charles LA
Louisiana State
Hayden Jennings
Nat Rank
OF 5-11 165 L-L Evangel Shreveport LA
Louisiana State

The Draft is a 3 day affair, which speeds up considerably after the first 2 rounds. With 30 teams and the potential for 40 rounds, there are over 1.500 picks to be made in the next few hours. I'll keep you posted on the results as we get them.