I appreciate their speed at the college level though.
No doubt. They are very talented college players. Laird hit right around .300 and Stevenson hit over .300. With that average and that speed they are very nice weapons to have in a college lineup today.
With that being said Laird's bat would never translate to anywhere near a .300 average at the professional level. He is a slap hitter that has shown little to no ability to turn an elite fastball around (not that he would be expected to do that at the professional level). He is also not a good base runner yet. Obviously very elite speed, but stealing bases at a 66.7% clip in college is very unimpressive, Especially when he only has 10 stolen bags on the year. Hopefully he will continue to improve over the next two years and will help LSU get deep into the postseason each of the next 2 seasons as well.