Aside from LSU’s big three, here’s a list and outlook for other draft-eligible players

Aside from LSU's big three, here's a list and outlook for other draft-eligible players
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Aside from likely first-day picks Dylan Crews, Paul Skenes and Ty Floyd, there are a lot of LSU players that could be taken in the early or late rounds of the Major League Baseball draft.

The first two rounds of the MLB draft will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday on ESPN and MLB Network. Rounds 3-10 will begin at 1 p.m. Monday, then the draft will wrap up with rounds 11-20 starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday. Both Monday and Tuesday’s broadcast will be on MLB.com

Ahead of the draft, here’s a list of LSU players and recruits who are likely to get drafted. 

Current players

• Tre’ Morgan 1B/LF: Morgan is the No. 137 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, though he hasn’t made the latest Top 300 list by ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel. Morgan showed his versatility this year by making 40 starts in left field and 29 at first base. While that was partially because of an injury to his wrist in February, it helped his status since he doesn’t profile as a typical first baseman at the next level. Morgan slashed .316/.418/.502 last season, and his defensive prowess was on full display with a scoop-and-toss on a safety squeeze by Wake Forest to preserve a 0-0 game that LSU eventually won 2-0 in 11 innings to advance to the College World Series finals.

• Jordan Thompson, SS: As a three-year starter at LSU, Thompson posted a .260 batting average with an on-base percentage of .363 and slugging percentage of .419. He smashed 11 home runs this season, just three less than in his two previous seasons combined. He is listed as a Top 500 prospect as of July 7 on MLB Prospects Live, putting him at No. 326. ESPN ranks him at No. 146.

• Grant Taylor, RHP: Originally tabbed as a candidate for LSU’s starting rotation this year, Taylor tore his ulnar collateral ligament the week before the season started. While LSU coach Jay Johnson said at the time that he felt positive about Taylor’s willingness to come back to LSU next season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, it’s also possible he receives an offer he can’t refuse. He is the No. 102 prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 98 by ESPN.

• Christian Little, RHP: While Little struggled with command this year, there’s an idea that minor-league baseball can work out the kinks, especially since he’s just 20 years old. Little was an early enrollee at Vanderbilt. This year, his only at LSU, he posted a 7.79 ERA while striking out 42 and walking 29 in 34⅔ innings, starting in eight of his 19 appearances. He still has one year of eligibility left. He’s within the top 300 prospects. 

• Garrett Edwards, RHP: Edwards underwent Tommy John surgery late in the spring after showing his dominance as a reliever. He posted a 1.93 ERA through 23⅓ innings, striking out 27 and walking five. While he’s eligible to return to LSU, chances are slim he’d be able to pitch by the last month of the regular season. He’s still a Top 500 prospect on two lists by Future Stars Series and MLB Prospects Live.

• Blake Money, RHP: While Money didn’t see the same time on the mound as a starter like he did in 2022, he’s still likely to be a late-round pick. He finished his three-year career with a 6.26 ERA through 123⅔ innings, starting 16 of his 51 appearances. He appears on two Top 500 lists. 

• Alex Milazzo, C: Milazzo is either a late-round pick or an undrafted free agent. He’s known as a strong defensive presence behind the plate, but he was not the strongest hitter on the team. He still has one year of eligibility left at the collegiate level. 

• Hayden Travinski, C: Like Milazzo, Travinski also didn’t make any Top 500 prospect lists, but he started 20 of his 41 games this year, slashing .356/.465/.692 with 10 home runs. He has one more year of college eligibility.

• Gavin Dugas, 2B: Dugas moved from the outfield to second base this year. While he’s struggled with injuries over the years, Dugas finished his five-year career slashing .287/.433/.571 with 44 home runs, including 17 this year. He also drew a career-high 44 walks this season. He’s not eligible to return to LSU, so the hope is he’s drafted late or signs as an undrafted free agent.

• Cade Beloso, DH: Like Dugas, Beloso can’t return as a player to the college game, so he will try his chances in the pros. After a season-ending injury, Beloso returned this year stronger than ever at designated hitter, blasting 16 home runs, including the pivotal blow in the first-game victory over Florida in the College World Series. If it doesn’t work out, Beloso hinted at a desire to coach under hitting coach Marc Wanaka at LSU.

• Riley Cooper, LHP: Cooper has played one year at Arizona and two at LSU, making College World Series appearances at both schools. The lefty with a rubber arm made a staff-high 30 appearances in 2022 and was second in appearances this season with 32 to Gavin Guidry’s 35. Cooper worked 61⅔ innings — the most of any reliever this season — while recording a 4.38 ERA. He could return for his senior season, or he could start his career as a late-round pick or undrafted free agent.

• Brayden Jobert, RF: Jobert improved his speed as an outfielder after dropping weight. The numbers also suggest his plate discipline improved from last year. He slashed .301/.409/.596 this year, up from last year’s .246/.354/.578. He could be a late-round pick or undrafted free agent, but he has one year left of college eligibility.

• Nate Ackenhausen, LHP: After two years at Eastern Oklahoma State Community College, Ackenhausen became a trusted reliever toward the end of his first season at LSU, finishing with a 3.52 ERA through 30⅔ innings. He held Tennessee scoreless in his first start for LSU through six innings in a CWS elimination game. If he doesn’t like his professional opportunities, he is eligible to come back to LSU.

• Infielder Ben Nippolt, right-hander Bryce Collins, right-hander Will Hellmers and left-hander Javen Coleman are also draft-eligible, but they can return for one more year. Fifth-year senior Jack Merrifield is also draft-eligible but has no college eligibility left. 

Incoming freshmen

LSU has 14 signees in its high school class, which ranks No. 12 by Perfect Game. One of them, left-hander Kade Anderson, has withdrawn his name from the draft already and intends to pitch at LSU. Anderson is the No. 2 overall player in Louisiana by Perfect Game, and the No. 18 overall left-hander in the nation. 

These four are the top-ranked incoming freshmen who are most likely to not make it to campus. 

• Blake Mitchell, C: The Sinton, Texas, native is the No. 1 overall recruit in the state and is LSU’s highest-ranked recruit at No. 14 overall by MLB Pipeline. He’s projected to go in the first round, according to McDaniel’s mock draft for ESPN. 

• Cameron Johnson, LHP: The IMG Academy southpaw is ranked No. 42 overall by MLB Pipeline. He’s projected to go in the second round, according to McDaniel.

• Jake Brown, LHP: The No. 1 overall left-hander out of Sulphur is also the state of Louisiana’s top recruit. He is ranked No. 93 overall by MLB Pipeline. 

• Steven Milam, SS: Milam is the No. 1 overall player in the state of New Mexico, and the shortstop is ranked No. 103 overall by MLB Pipeline. 

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