|High School:||Lemont HS|
MLB Draft: 16th round in 2014 (Toronto)
Superb player that looks like a big-league catcher ... has an outstanding arm from behind the plate and emerged as the Tigers' starting catcher last season ... batted most of his first two collegiate seasons as switch hitter, but starting hitting right-handed only beginning with the final regular-season series of 2016 versus Florida ... batted .286 (10-for-35) as a right-handed hitter only through LSU's final 13 games of the season after hitting .225 (20-for-89) as a switch hitter through the Tigers' first 53 games of the year ... selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.
Played in 50 games (40 starts at catcher), batting .242 (30-for-124) with nine doubles, three homers, 20 RBI and 16 runs threw out 19 runners attempting to steal on the year ... posted a .364 (8-for-22) average in LSU's six NCAA Tournament games (regional and super regional combined) with three doubles, one homer, two RBI and two runs scored ... hit .500 (4-for-8) in the NCAA Super Regional versus Coastal Carolina with one double and one run scored ... batted .286 (4-for-14) in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with two doubles, one homer, two RBI and one run scored; his home run came in the 8th inning of the regional championship win over Rice (June 7), a solo blast to give LSU a 4-2 lead ... provided a two-run single and a sacrifice fly in LSU's SEC Tournament win over Mississippi State (May 26) ... blasted solo homer in win over Southeastern Louisiana (April 20) ... singled, walked twice and drove in two runs in LSU win over Southern (April 5) ... posted career highs of three hits and three RBI in LSU win over Ball State on March 13; he also scored a run and threw out a runner attempting to steal second base in the contest ... belted two doubles with one RBI and two runs at Lamar (Feb. 24).
Played in 32 games (12 starts at catcher), batting .214 (9-for-42) with two doubles, one homer, 10 RBI and eight runs scored ... 2-for-4 in LSU win at New Orleans (May 12) with one homer and two RBI ... also collected two RBI in LSU win at Arkansas (March 20) and in the Tigers' victory over Princeton (Feb. 28) ... threw out five baserunners attempting to steal during the season.
Prior to LSU
Team captain who helped lead Lemont High to the 2014 3A Illinois State Championship ... batted .410 in 2014 with 12 doubles, eight homers, 42 runs, 30 RBI, 13 steals and a .543 on-base percentage ... 2013 & 2014 All-Area and All-State selection ... also named All-Conference in 2012, 2013 and 2014 ... named to the Lemont High Honor Roll every semester during his entire career ... played in the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif.
Full name is Michael John Papierski ... parents are Mike and Peggy Papierski ... has one younger sister, Katelyn ... his father and his uncle, John, played baseball at the University of St. Francis ... chose to attend LSU because of “the coaching staff and how they can help me improve as a baseball player and as a person. Also influencing my decision was the chance to play for a National Championship every year and the great fans that come out every day to support our team” ... majoring in sport administration at LSU ... born February 26, 1996 in Palos Heights, Ill.
Papierski's LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 5 several times; most recently vs. Florida (5/25/16)
Hits: 3 vs. Ball State (3/13/16)
Runs Scored: 2 three times; most recently vs. Mississippi State (4/22/16)
Doubles: 2 at Lamar (2/24/16)
Home Runs: 1 four times; most recently vs. Rice (6/7/16)
RBI: 3 three times; most recently vs. Mississippi State (5/26/16)