June 11, 2016
BATON ROUGE, La. – Seven LSU players were selected Saturday during Day 3 of the 2016 Major League Baseball Draft.
The players chosen on the draft’s final day included junior left-handed pitcher Jared Poche’ (14th round, San Diego), sophomore right-handed pitcher Jesse Stallings (15th round, Cincinnati), junior second baseman Cole Freeman (18th round, Los Angeles Dodgers), junior right-handed pitcher Riley Smith (24th round, Arizona), sophomore first baseman Greg Deichmann (26th round, Minnesota), junior right-handed pitcher Parker Bugg (27th round, Miami), junior shortstop Kramer Robertson (32nd round, Cleveland),
LSU junior centerfielder Jake Fraley was selected in the second round on Thursday by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Poche’, a product of Lutcher, La., has a 27-9 career mark in three years at LSU, and he is the only Tiger pitcher in school history to win at least nine games in each of his first three seasons. He is 9-4 this season with a 3.26 ERA in 96.2 innings with 34 walks and 81 strikeouts.
Stallings, a native of Colfax, La., is 3-0 this season with a 3.64 ERA in 25 appearances (two starts). A Freshman All-American in 2015, he has worked 29.2 innings in 2016, recording 18 strikeouts and limiting opponents to a .232 batting average.
Freeman, a product of Mandeville, La., has been among LSU’s offensive leaders this season while making numerous spectacular defensive plays at second base. He is batting .321 on the year with six doubles, three triples, one homer, 26 RBI, 43 runs and 26 stolen bases.
Smith, who transferred to LSU last fall from San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, was plagued for much of the season by a shoulder injury, but has been a contributor on the mound in recent weeks. He has a 2-1 mark in 11 appearances, with 11 strikeouts in 22 innings.
Deichmann, a native of Metairie, La., is LSU’s leader this season in homers (10) and RBI (54). He was named last week the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional, batting .600 (9-for-15) with three homers and 10 RBI.
Bugg, a product of San Diego, Calif., has been a mainstay in the LSU bullpen for the past three seasons. He has made 26 relief appearances this season, posting four saves and a 3.55 ERA in 38 innings with 34 strikeouts and a .210 opponent batting average.
Robertson, a native of McGregor, Texas, has received First-Team All-SEC and Second-Team All-America recognition this season. He is batting a team-high .331 with 20 doubles, two triples, two homers, 59 runs, 39 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
Six LSU signees were also selected in the draft, including pitcher Riley Pint (1st round, Colorado), pitcher Kyle Weatherly (8th round, Los Angeles Angels), pitcher Hunter Kiel (29th round, Arizona), pitcher Zack Hess (35th round, New York Yankees), shortstop Jake Slaughter (36th round, Chicago Cubs) and shortstop Josh Smith (38th round, Detroit).