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For Immediate Release – July 29, 2022

LSU COACH JAY JOHNSON ANNOUNCES THE SIGNINGS OF FIVE DIVISION I TRANSFERS FOR 2023 SEASON


BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU baseball coach Jay Johnson on Friday announced the signings of five Division I transfers that will join the Tigers for the 2023 season.

The additions to the LSU roster include right-handed pitcher Christian Little of Vanderbilt; third baseman Tommy White of North Carolina State; shortstop Carter Young of Vanderbilt; right-handed pitcher Thatcher Hurd of UCLA; and right-handed pitcher/utility player Paul Skenes of Air Force.

“We are excited to welcome these five players to LSU Baseball,” Johnson said. “All five are great talents and solid people that will blend well with our returning players and incoming recruiting class in ability, chemistry and program fit.

“We are looking forward to the fall and preparing for the 2023 season, this is a great day for the Tigers.”

Little, a native of St. Louis, Mo., has pitched the past two seasons at Vanderbilt, where he made 32 appearances (14 starts) and posted a 4.65 ERA with 95 strikeouts in 81.1 innings.

Little was rated in high school as the nation’s No. 5 right-handed pitcher by Perfect Game.

White, a product of St. Pete Beach, Fla., enjoyed an incredible freshman season at North Carolina State, as he was named the 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year.

White hit .362 with 85 hits, 12 doubles, 27 home runs, 74 RBIs and a .757 slugging percentage, setting the NCAA freshman record for homers in a season. He had 26 multi-hit games and 19 multi-RBI outings, and he finished the year on 26-game reached base streak.

Young, a native of Selah, Wash., was instrumental as Vanderbilt’s starting shortstop in 2021 in leading the Commodores to the College World Series Finals. He blasted a team-high 16 homers and drove in 52 runs.

Young, who was rated the No. 17 high school prospect in the nation in 2019 by Baseball America, was selected earlier this month in the 17th round of the MLB Draft by the Baltimore Orioles.

Hurd, a product of Manhattan Beach, Calif., made nine appearances - including six starts - this season as a true freshman at UCLA. He posted a 2-0 record with a 1.06 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 34 innings while limiting opponents to a .138 batting average.

Hurd was the nation’s ninth-ranked pitcher and the No. 1 pitcher in the state of California as a senior at Mira Costa High School.

Skenes, who is ranked No. 25 in the D1Baseball.com listing of the top college prospects for the 2023 MLB Draft, enjoyed an exceptional 2022 season at Air Force both on the mound and at the plate, earning first-team All-America recognition.

Skenes recorded a 2.96 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 85.2 innings (15 starts), limiting opponents to a .224 batting average. He also hit .314 with 10 doubles, 13 homers and 38 RBI. In 2021, Skenes posted a 2.70 ERA while batting .410 with 11 homers and 43 RBI.

The Tigers are scheduled to report to campus by mid-August, and fall semester classes begin at LSU on Monday, August 22.
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11 Comments
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BayouBengal9922 months
Holy cow how in the world did Jay Johnson get these guy? These are all dramatic upgrades from our transfers going out. He just replaced all the offense that was drafted and upgraded on some of them. Plus we get Dugas back who had a double digit homer run year two years ago and I think he will return to something similar this year. With these additions, the recruiting class we landed and the guys we have coming back, he just put us in first or 2nd place in the west if these guys post similar numbers. They don’t even have to match their previous numbers just get to about 80% of their numbers and we’ve got a very tough lineup to deal with on offense and defense. The pitching itself will win us 10 more games and would have gotten passed the regional round this year if not into Omaha. I’m pumped and I imagine the LSU stands will respond in kind to these additions. The Tigers will be fun to watch in all sports this year! Wow! It’s really good to be a Tiger! Thank you to our AD for these hires. Future looks bright people. For real!
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sportjunkie6922 months
Curious, why would White transfer from NC State. It's not like he's transferring out of a shite show program. They have a great program and possibly could have won the natty that Covid year.
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BayouBengal9922 months
Dude are you seriously saying that LSU isn’t a huge upgrade from NC state? That dude could make a fortune for himself at LSU if he post those numbers here! He’ll be on national TV every weekend. The LSU brand is watched closely by everyone across the country and we have almost all the prime time TV slots for all sports but especially baseball when compared to other conferences. LSU will be a top 10 team this year maybe top 5 to start the season. NC state isn’t ranked at all. It’s not even close. This was a very smart move by him and his family. Maybe he does get a round 1 grade at NC state but at LSU that could turn into a first pick in the draft or top 5 pick in the draft. Not to mention the NIL money he would collect prior to the draft. He could be a millionaire before getting drafted. I don’t think he could create that type of buzz for himself at NC state. He can do that here. That’s the difference in these days of college sports.
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LaBoyNTn22 months
Yes
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LaBoyNTn22 months
Not tryin 2 stir up shite! But are there any Louisiana players on the team?
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GoneFishing2122 months
1. Does it matter?

2. It’s pretty easy for you to check the roster yourself.

3. Should Johnson have told these guys there was no room so we could save those spots for guys from Louisiana?
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BayouTiga22 months
Doesn't matter - Building a CHAMPION!
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BayouTiga22 months
Just booked rooms in Omaha. Not cheap!
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BayouTiga22 months
DVs are trolls ......... Such losers trolling here!
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Lucky Loper22 months
Tigers are stacked
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Mahootney22 months
Mother of God. What an amazing group of players. The future is bright for LSU baseball.
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