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ProjectP2294
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2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
I do this thread every year to aggregate news on roster turnover and track what players will be here in the fall. As always, I welcome help in gathering the info, but prefer no speculation or commentary on players you feel shouldn't be on the roster.

6/25/2021 - LSU officially names Jay Johnson head coach: lsusports.net

Drafted Players/signees:
2-43 Ben Kudrna - signed Royals
2-44 Jaden Hill - signed Rockies
3-78 Carter Jensen - signed Royals
3-80 Landon Marceaux - signed Angels
3-92 Brock Selvidge - signed Yankees
4-103 Ian Moller - signed Rangers

UDFA Signings
AJ Labas - Twins Twitter

Before the season was finished we lost 3 players off the fall roster:
Gus Milligan - OF
Maurice Hampton - OF
Zach Murray - RHP

Transfer Portal
6/22/2021 - Brandon Kaminer - LINK
6/30/2021 - Zach Arnold - Houston
6/30/2021 - Brooks Rice - Aaron Wilson’s Twitter
7/1/2021 - Theo Millas - West Virginia
7/16/2021 - Mitchell Sanford

Here is the list of all current players with the option to return next season (broken down by category):

Players with COVID eligibility remaining:
Ma'Khail Hilliard - RHP - Coming back Instagram
Braden Doughty - C
Devin Fontenot - RHP - Coming back Twitter
Trent Vietmeier - RHP - MLB Draft League - West Virginia

Draft Eligible Current Players:
Jacob Wyeth - C - Wenatchee
Drew Bianco - UT - Northwoods League - Waterloo Bucks
Gavin Dugas - OF - Coming back Twitter
Giovanni DiGiacomo - OF - Coming back Twitter
Cade Beloso - 1B/DH - Summer Stats - Harwich - Cape Cod
Alex Brady - LHP - Summer Stats - Wenatchee - West Coast League
Alex Milazzo - C - Sanford River Rats - Florida League

Non-draft Eligible Current Players:
Hayden Travinski - C - Injured
Cade Doughty - IF - Summer Stats - Winter Park - Florida League
Will Safford - IF - Summer Stats - Charlottesville - Valley League
Collier Cranford - IF - Summer Stats - Seminole County - Florida League
Ty Floyd - RHP - Summer Stats (Team) - Bristol - Appy League
Blake Money - RHP - Sanford River Rats - Florida League
Javen Coleman - LHP - Texas Bandits - 5 Tool Collegiate
Garrett Edwards - RHP
Jordan Thompson - IF
Dylan Crews - OF - Summer Stats - Sanford - Florida League (Also on Team USA CNT)
Will Hellmers - RHP
Tre Morgan - 1B
Brody Drost - OF - Winter Park
Michael Fowler - RHP - Appy League - Bristol
Jacob Hasty - LHP - Danville

Incoming Transfer Portal commits
Jacob Berry - IF
Tyler McManus - C
Eric Reyzelman - RHP - Summer Stats - Harwich - Cape Cod League
Trey Shaffer - LHP
Bryce Collins - RHP - Yarmouth - Cape Cod League
Riley Cooper - LHP

Incoming JUCO commits:
Dawson Gause - RHP - Chatham - Cape Cod
Jason Bollman - RHP - MLB Draft League - State College
Paul Gervase - RHP - Summer Stats (Team) - Bristol - Appalachian League
Brayden Jobert - 1B/DH - Summer Stats (Team) - Bluefield - Appalachian League
Jack Merrifield - IF - Summer Stats (Team) - Battle Creek - Northwoods League

Incoming Freshmen:
Grant Taylor - RHP
Josh Pearson - OF - Summer Stats - Sanford - Florida League
Brant Smith - 1B/DH - Summer Stats - Delray Beach - South Florida League
Cale Lansville - RHP - Coming to LSU Twitter
Luke Leto - OF/DH/1B - Summer Stats (Team Stats) - Kalamazoo - Northwoods League
Samuel Dutton - RHP
Connor Simon - IF - recovering from surgery, enrolling in summer classes The Advocate
Josh Stevenson - OF - Summer Stats - Saugerties - Perfect Game League
Brennan Holt - IF - Summer Stats - Sanford - Florida League
Grant Fontenot - RHP
Blaise Priester - C
Tripp Haddad - IF/OF

We currently stand at 53 players for 40 roster spots. The draft will take a toll on the current roster and the incoming recruits. I don't think we are finished adding to the class at this point either. We don't need to be at 40 until the Spring.

I will update this thread as new information becomes available with the transfer portal, the draft, the new coach, etc. As I have time, I will add links for the guys playing summer ball so you can track their stats easily.

- 6/22 - Kaminer entering the transfer portal, we are at 52/40 for next year.

- 6/30 - Arnold in the portal we stand at 51/40 for next season.

- With Rice in the portal we are at 50/40.

- 7/1 - with the Millas news, we are at 49/40.

- 7/3 - with the addition of Jacob Berry, we are at 50/40.

- with the two transfers on 7/7 we are at 52/40.

- 7/13 at the conclusion of the draft, with the addition of Trey Shaffer and the assumption that every draftee signs, we are at 47/40.

- 7/16 - With Labas signing, we are at 46/40.

- 7/16 - With the addition of Collins we are at 47/40.

- 7/16 - Sanford’s exit puts us at 46/40

- 7/19 - After this weekend's flurry of activity, we are at 48/40.

- 7/23 - We are now at 49/40 with the add of Haddad.
This post was edited on 7/25 at 10:24 am


josh336
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
One of my favorite threads every year. Thanks for your work


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LSUJML
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Incoming JUCO commits:
Dawson Gause
Jason Bollman
Paul Gervase
Brayden Jobert
Jack Merrifield


How do I find what position they play?
I’ve never ventured over to the recruiting board


lsu711
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
New coach is going to need to crush the transfer/JUCO market.


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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
InB4 which recruits are we going to lose to the draft?


ProjectP2294
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
I will start adding that in. I have to get the base post done because issues with my web browser. It's easier to go back and edit.

ETA: Added in positions.
This post was edited on 6/14 at 8:39 am


redfieldk717
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Can you provide some insight on which recruits are likely to get drafted in the top 5-7 rounds and likely going pro?


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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Dawson Gause RHP
Jason Bollman RHP
Paul Gervase RHP
Brayden Jobert infielder been used primarily as a dh
Jack Merrifield INF/P


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UpToPar
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
quote:

New coach is going to need to crush the transfer/JUCO market


Why? It would be great if they did, but why do you think the new coach HAS to crush the transfer/JUCO market?


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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Thanks!

I wasn’t going to ask you to do it


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ProjectP2294
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
At the current moment, these are our biggest draft risks of the incoming freshmen:
Grant Taylor - RHP
Brock Selvidge - LHP
Josh Pearson - OF
Ian Moller - C
Cale Lansville - RHP
Ben Kudrna - RHP
Luke Leto - OF/DH/1B
Carter Jensen - C
Connor Simon - IF

Simon was hurt his senior year and indications are he intends to be on campus. I left him on the draft risk list based on talen t. Kudrna is almost assuredly gone. Pearson seems set on coming here, but is going off in summer ball which may inflate his draft stock. Leto's draft stock has been dropping, he's a likely candidate to get to campus.


sweetwaterbilly
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
One incoming LHP if I read correctly. Selvidge, Coleman, Brady, Hasty, Kaminer (if he returns) would give us five lefties. Not bad.

ETA: Anyone know if Moller and Jensen (if they come) would be good enough at C to unseat Milazzo?
This post was edited on 6/14 at 8:48 am


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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Is Grant Fontenot, the pitcher out of Lafayette, not a risk anymore?

I thought early on the consensus would be that way.


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UpToPar
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Leto was listed as middle infield for a while, but he looks pretty raw defensively.


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Adam4848
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
I'll add.

Hitters - Moller and Jensen seem to be the highest risks right now to sign. I look at it as if you get one you did really well.

Pitching - As you said Kudrna will most likely be a 1A round pick. After that Selvidge and Lansville are the two the watch, getting either would be great.

quote:

Anyone know if Moller and Jensen (if they come) would be good enough at C to unseat Milazzo?


Both are far more advanced hitters. They'll need to refine their defense.
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redfieldk717
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
I watched Pearson’s brother play a minor league game for the Mississippi braves a couple of weeks ago. He is hot dog shite so hopefully his brother will think going to college to develop is the better route.


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UpToPar
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
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Anyone know if Moller and Jensen (if they come) would be good enough at C to unseat Milazzo?


If either come they are starting day 1 IMO.


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Lester Earl
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
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Selvidge, Coleman, Brady, Hasty, Kaminer (if he returns) would give us five lefties. Not bad.


I’d imagine a few of these won’t be asked back


sweetwaterbilly
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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
I agree but didn't want to toe the line of violating Project's thread rules since he did a lot of hard work here.


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re: 2021 Baseball Offseason Roster Turnover Thread
Don't forget transfer portal
You will see a lot of activity once draft is over
Maybe not on scale as basketball and football due to low schollies baseball deals with but it will be significant as attrition occurs

I think Fontenot, Marceaux and Hill all get drafted and sign and probably Labas as well

Dugas and Milazzo (based on defense alone) could go later in draft and decide to take that draft position

Potential transfer candidates based on playing time but all could stay and compete for a new coach:
Millas
Rice (not sure we ever got word on him, was he hurt?)
Money
Kaminer
Wyeth
Cranford
Brady (could follow Eddie Smith)

Travinski will most likely be limited due to his injury but should return
Beloso will likely come back and compete, I have no idea what happened to his swing but maybe a new hitting coach could get him back and he could be a DH option, has no position and maybe that affected his entire mindset



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