Baseball Players Start Pro Careers; Ibarra Returns
Communications Sr. Associate
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Ten former LSU players have been assigned to minor league teams as they begin their careers in professional baseball.
A school-record nine members of the Tigers’ 2013 College World Series team were selected in the MLB Draft, and eight of them have embarked upon their pro careers, including pitcher Ryan Eades, second baseman JaCoby Jones, first baseman Mason Katz, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Will LaMarche, catcher Ty Ross, pitcher Chris Cotton and outfielder Raph Rhymes.
The ninth drafted player from the Tigers’ 2013 club, third baseman Christian Ibarra, plans to return to LSU for his senior season.
Pitcher Brent Bonvillain was not drafted; however, he signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Royals.
Tigers in the Minors (w/ stats)
Former LSU pitcher Chad Jones, who helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 national championship, was chosen in the ’13 draft by the Cincinnati Reds and has also received a minor league assignment.
Four LSU signees were selected in the MLB Draft, and two of them – infielder Justin Williams (2nd round, Diamondbacks) and right-handed pitcher David Palladino (5th round, Yankees) - have already signed pro contracts.
The other LSU signees that were drafted are outfielder/first baseman Nick Longhi (30th round, Red Sox) and right-handed pitcher Parker Bugg (34th round, Orioles).
The deadline for drafted players to sign a pro contract is 4 p.m. CT on Friday, July 12. Longhi and Bugg are eligible to enroll at LSU if they do not sign prior to the deadline.
Fans can follow the progress of every former LSU player in the minor leagues by visiting www.milb.com.
LSU Baseball Players Selected in the 2013 MLB Draft (Minor League Assignments)
2nd rd. (43), Ryan Eades, RHP, Minnesota Twins (Elizabethton Twins – Rookie Appalachian League)
3rd rd. (87), JaCoby Jones, CF, Pittsburgh Pirates (Jamestown Jammers – Class A New York-Penn League)
4th rd. (125), Mason Katz, 2B, St. Louis Cardinals (State College Spikes – Class A New York-Penn League)
7th rd. (224), Nick Rumbelow, RHP, New York Yankees (Staten Island Yankees – Class A New York-Penn League)
9th rd. (276), Will LaMarche, RHP, Detroit Tigers (GCL Tigers – Rookie Gulf Coast League)
9th rd. (285), Chad Jones, LHP, Cincinnati Reds (AZL Reds – Rookie Arizona League)
12th rd. (372), Ty Ross, C, San Francisco Giants (AZL Giants – Rookie Arizona League)
14th rd. (407), Chris Cotton, LHP, Houston Astros (Tri-City Valley Cats – Class A New York-Penn League)
15th rd. (456), Raph Rhymes, OF, Detroit Tigers (Connecticut Tigers – Class A New York-Penn League)
Free Agent, Brent Bonvillain, LHP, Kansas City Royals (Idaho Falls Chukars – Rookie Pioneer League)
LSU Baseball Signees Selected in the 2013 MLB Draft
2nd rd. (52), Justin Williams, INF, Arizona Diamondbacks (signed with Diamondbacks; will not enroll at LSU)
5th rd. (164), David Palladino, RHP, New York Yankees (signed with Yankees; will not enroll at LSU)
30th rd. (893), Nick Longhi, OF/1B, Boston Red Sox
34th rd. (1029), Parker Bugg, RHP, Baltimore Orioles