Three Infielders Picked on Final Day of MLB Draft

LSU's Tyler Hanover
LSU's Tyler Hanover
Steve Franz
Bill Franques
Bill Franques
Communications Sr. Associate

BATON ROUGE - Three LSU players were selected Wednesday on the final day of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

The Tigers chosen on Wednesday were junior shortstop Austin Nola (31st round, Toronto), sophomore infielder Raph Rhymes (40th round, Pittsburgh) and junior infielder Tyler Hanover (40th round, New York Yankees).

LSU had a total of seven players selected in the MLB Draft for the second straight season. Junior all-America outfielder Mikie Mahtook was chosen in the first round Monday by the Tampa Bay Rays. LSU players selected on Tuesday included junior right-handed pitcher Tyler Jones (11th round, Minnesota), junior right-handed pitcher Matty Ott (13th round, Boston) and senior right-handed pitcher Ben Alsup (18th round, Colorado).

Nola, a product of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, hit .296 (58-for-196) this season with 13 doubles, two triples, two homers, 42 RBI and 40 runs. A three-year starter at shortstop, he has played in 169 games for the Tigers and was voted second-team all-SEC in 2010.

Nola was named the MVP of the 2010 SEC Tournament after leading LSU to its third consecutive tournament title.

Though Rhymes just completed his sophomore season of athletic eligibility, he was eligible for the 2011 draft because he is 21 years old. Rhymes, who transferred to LSU in August from LSU-Eunice, was the Tigers' second-leading hitter this season, batting .360 (77-for-214) with 18 doubles, three homers, 42 RBI, 43 runs and eight stolen bases.

Rhymes completed the regular season No. 6 in the SEC in both hits and batting average.

Hanover, a native of Kernersville, N.C., has started 172 games during his three-year LSU career at third base and second base. He batted .311 (60-for-193) this season with five doubles, 25 RBI, 41 runs and five steals.

Hanover was a member of the 2010 SEC All-Tournament squad.

Eight LSU signees were chosen this week in the draft, including shortstop Trevor Story of Irving (Texas) High School (Comp Round A, Colorado), shortstop Johnny Eierman of Warsaw (Mo.) High School (3rd round, Tampa Bay), left-handed pitcher Jake Cave of Hampton (Va.) Christian School (6th round, New York Yankees), left-handed pitcher Cody Glenn of Westbury High School in Houston (15th round, Toronto), right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge (22nd round, Toronto), right-handed pitcher Nick Goody of Manatee (Fla.) Community College (22nd round, New York Yankees), outfielder Arby Fields of Cypress (Calif.) College (27th round, San Diego) and right-handed pitcher Carson Baranik of Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. (41st round, Cincinnati).

LSU Baseball in the 2011 MLB Draft

Rd. (Pick) Pos. Name, Team
1 (31) OF Mikie Mahtook, Tampa Bay Rays
11 (358) RHP Tyler Jones, Minnesota Twins
13 (412) RHP Matty Ott, Boston Red Sox
18 (558) RHP Ben Alsup, Colorado Rockies
31 (949) SS Austin Nola, Toronto Blue Jays
40 (1202) 2B Raph Rhymes, Pittsburgh Pirates
40 (1229) SS Tyler Hanover, New York Yankees

LSU Baseball Signees in the Draft

Rd. (Pick) Pos. Name, Team
1 (45*) SS Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies
4 (119) SS John Eierman, Tampa Bay Rays
6 (209) CF Jake Cave, New York Yankees
15 (469) LHP Cody Glenn, Toronto Blue Jays
22 (679) RHP Aaron Nola, Toronto Blue Jays
22 (698) RHP Nick Goody, New York Yankees
27 (833) LF Arby Fields, San Diego Padres
41 (1255) RHP Carson Baranik, Cincinnati Reds

* compensatory selection

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