2017 Freshman All-American (NCBWA)
SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (May 22, 2017)
2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll
2017 Second-Team All-Louisiana
MLB Draft: 35th Round in 2016 (New York Yankees); 34th Round (1,012th overall) in 2018 (Atlanta Braves)
One of the top power arms in America that came to LSU in the fall of 2016 after being drafted by the New York Yankees ... enjoyed a tremendous 2017 freshman season for the Tigers, working the early part of the year as a mid-week starter, before making a move to the Tigers’ bullpen on April 4 ... Hess is scheduled to move into LSU’s weekend starting rotation in 2018 ... 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 ... a member of the 2017 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll as an interdisciplinary studies major ... voted the No. 10 pro prospect in the 2017 Cape Cod Summer League by Baseball America magazine.
Made a team-high 30 appearances (six starts) on the mound, posting a 7-1 record and a 3.12 ERA in 60.2 innings with 30 walks, 83 strikeouts and a .182 opponent batting average ... worked the first two months of the 2017 season as the Tigers’ mid-week starter, but moved to the bullpen in early April ... after moving to the bullpen -- beginning with LSU’s April 4 game vs. Grambling -- he worked 32.1 innings in 22 appearances and allowed nine earned runs (2.51 ERA) on 19 hits with 18 walks and 48 strikeouts ... pitched brilliantly in the 2017 College World Series as a reliever, appearing in five of the Tigers’ seven games while recording three saves and 11 strikeouts in seven innings ... recorded a strikeout in the ninth inning with two runners on in LSU’s 5-4 CWS-opening win over Florida State (June 17) to earn a save ... earned second CWS save on June 21 versus Florida State, firing one scoreless inning with three strikeouts in 7-4 win ... earned third CWS save on June 23 versus Oregon State, firing 1.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts in 3-1 win ... worked the final 1.2 scoreless innings in 6-1 CWS semifinal win versus Oregon State (June 24) to send LSU into the CWS Finals ... picked up relief win in Game 1 of NCAA Super Regional vs. Mississippi State (June 10), blanking the Bulldogs over final 1.1 innings with one hit, no walks and one strikeout ... recorded the strikeout to end the game and preserve the 4-3 win with the tying run at third base ... pitched a combined three innings in two NCAA Regional appearances, allowing one run on one hit with one walk and seven strikeouts ... pitched a shutout ninth inning versus Rice in Regional title game (June 4), allowing no hits with three strikeouts ... worked a combined 1.1 innings in two SEC Tournament appearances vs. Missouri and Arkansas, allowing on unearned run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts ... named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on May 22 after making two appearances in LSU’s three-game sweep of Mississippi State (May 18-20), working a combined 4.2 shutout innings with two hits, one walk and eight strikeouts ... he earned the save in LSU’s Game 2 victory, which clinched the SEC Western Division title for the Tigers, by firing 3.2 shutout innings with two hits, one walk and six strikeouts ... Hess also worked the eighth inning in Game 1 of the series, retiring all three batters he faced with two strikeouts to hold a 3-1 LSU lead ... credited with relief win on May 12 vs. Auburn, working 1.1 innings and allowing one unearned run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts ... earned relief win in LSU’s 10-inning victory over South Carolina (May 7), firing1.1 scoreless innings while allowing one hit ... excellent relief effort at Alabama (April 28), working 2.2 scoreless innings with no hits, one walk and five strikeouts ... picked up relief win at Kentucky (April 21), working 3.1 shutout innings with one hit, two walks and one strikeout ... solid relief effort versus Ole Miss (April 15) in LSU’s 3-2 victory – entered the game in the seventh inning and worked 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no walks and three strikeouts ... fired 1.2 shutout innings vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (April 11), allowing one hit with no walks and four strikeouts; entered the game in the sixth inning with runners at second and third and one out, and he recorded two straight Ks to end the UL-Lafayette threat ... tied his season high with seven strikeouts in five innings of work versus Tulane (March 28); fired a season-high 87 pitches in that outing ... earned win over Southeastern Louisiana (March 22), limiting the Lions to one run on two hits in four innings with two walks and four strikeouts ... defeated Louisiana College (March 14), firing six scoreless innings with one hit, no walks and seven strikeouts; threw 5.2 perfect innings before allowing an infield single ... picked up first collegiate win vs. Hofstra (Feb. 22), firing five shutout innings and allowing two hits with two walks and strikeouts.
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 interdisciplinary studies at LSU ... born February 25, 1997, in Lynchburg, Va
Hess’ LSU Career Highs
Innings: 6.0 vs. Louisiana College (3/14/17)
Strikeouts: 7 twice; most recently vs. Tulane (3/28/17)
Hits Allowed: 5 vs. Tulane (3/28/17)
Runs: 4 twice; most recently vs. Florida (6/27/17)
Earned Runs: 4 twice; most recently vs. Florida (6/27/17)
Walks: 4 at McNeese State (3/8/17)