MLB Draft: 35th Round in 2016 (New York Yankees)
One of the top power arms in America that came to LSU after being drafted by the New York Yankees ... has the potential to make an immediate impact on the Tiger pitching staff ... has two plus pitches -- his fastball which has been up to 96 mph and a wipeout slider that gives him the potential to be in the same conversation as LSU greats like Kevin Gausman, Aaron Nola and Alex Lange by the time he finishes his college career ... works on the mound with intense focus and a lot of competitive zeal.
Prior to LSU
Named a 2016 Perfect Game first-team All-American ... rated among Baseball America’s Top 400 college prospects ... posted a 7-1 record in his senior year at Liberty Christian Academy with a 0.60 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58.2 innings .. a two-time first-team all-state selection in Virginia.
Full name is Zachary Tyler Hess ... parents are Karl and April Hess ... father is a family and marriage counselor, and he works as an NCAA Division I basketball official; mother is a real estate agent ... father played basketball at Liberty University from 1976-80 ... has one older brother, Nate ... says he chose to attend LSU for the opportunity to work with pitching coach Alan Dunn and the chance to win a national championship ... majoring in business administration at LSU ... born February 25, 1997, in Lynchburg, Va.