WEIGHT: 188 lbs.
Mason Katz Sr.*
Tyler Moore So.
Mason Katz doesn't possess that certain tool that wow's people on a day to day basis. Instead he's your typical college ball veteran, a leader, that spark in the middle of the lineup. In his four years at LSU it's been hard to keep Mason off the field mostly in part to his hot bat. Every championship team has a guy like Katz who's worked his way up into the program, has paid his dues, and carries the team for a certain time if needed. He'll take over at 1st base in two weeks...a position he relatively hasn't had much experience at thus far. I don't see him being a burden defensively, but he'll have him moments early in the year as he gets adjusted. Katz the returning SEC leader in HR's (13) should have another solid year at the plate and what's more important is he'll be protecting Rhymes in the 5 hole and thus not allowing teams to pitch around Rhymes which is something not every college team can do. I would not be surprised at all if Mason hits 15+ HR's. If anyone can handle the switch to 1st similar to what Blake Dean did in 2010 it's Katz, and his glove should be serviceable to give LSU a steady right side of the infield. Katz doesn't have plus speed but he's one of the better runners and instinctive on the base paths. Tyler Moore who may be DH'ing will also serve time as backup as well as Chris Chinea.
*Scale 20-Lowest, 50-Average, 80-Top of the Charts*
Weakness-Playing new position