By DIG MagazinePosted Jul 3, 2013
While the rest of the LSU baseball team disperses across the country for the summer baseball season, head coach Paul Mainieri and pitcher Aaron Nola collectively decided that the right-handed pitcher should remain in Baton Rouge to rest his arm.
In May, it was announced that Nola was selected to play with the USA Collegiate National Team this summer along with LSU teammate Alex Bregman. But after throwing 126 innings this season – the most he has thrown in one season – Mainieri decided that it would be best for Nola to shut it down for the summer to keep his arm fresh when the Tigers reconvene for fall practice.
Nola was LSU’s most effective pitcher in 2013, tallying a 12-1 record with a 1.57 earned run average as the Tigers’ ace Friday night starter.
As for Bregman, he shook off the slump that plagued him at the College World Series in his first game with Team USA. The talented freshman went 3-for-4 and knocked in a run to help propel Team USA to an 11-3 win over the Fayetteville Swampdogs of the Coastal Plain League.
“It was a fun and eventful day,” said Bregman. “I couldn’t have dreamt it up any better. I was thrilled. I got some good pitches to hit, and it was a good day at the park.”
Team USA will spend the rest of June touring the country for games against a few summer league teams before traveling to Japan in July 6 to start a five game series with the Japanese national team.
Bregman capped off an eventful week with a trip to the College Baseball Hall of Fame festivities on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas, where he received the Brooks Wallace National Shortstop of the Year Award after his stellar freshman season at LSU.
Eades Inks Deal with Twins
Former LSU pitcher Ryan Eades started his professional baseball career on Saturday night as he signed a $1.29 million contract with the Minnesota Twins.
“It’s always nice when you bring a kid here and he’s enthused and wants to go right to work,” Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said of Eades.
Eades, who was selected by the Twins in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft, will immediately report to the Twins rookie league team, the Elizabethton Twins.
He joins former LSU teammates Mason Katz, Raph Rhymes, JaCoby Jones, Ty Ross, Nick Rumbelow, Will Lamarche and Chris Cotton, who have all signed contracts in the weeks after their LSU careers ended in Omaha.
Miles Adds Two to 2014 Recruiting Class
LSU football Head Coach Les Miles brought his 2014 recruiting class up to 12 members this past week with commitments from defensive end Deondre Clark and safety John Battle.
Clark, a 6-foot-2, 238-pound native of Oklahoma City, Okla., is highly rated by the three main recruiting websites that pledged his commitment to Miles on last Monday. Battle, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety from Hallandale, Fla., followed with his commitment four days later.
BOYS OF THE SUMMER
With the 2013 season over, the Tigers have reported to different teams all across the country for the summer baseball season.
USA Collegiate National Team
Alex Bregman, SS
Wareham Gateman (Cape Cod League)
Sean McMullen, OF
Chris Chinea, C
Kurt McCune, RHP
Bourne Braves (Cape Cod League)
Mark Laird, OF
Alexandria Blue Anchors (Northwoods League)
Michael Barash, C
Hunter Newman, RHP
Lakeshore Chinooks (Northwoods League)
Tyler Moore, 1B
Hunter Devall, LHP
Thomasville Hi-Toms (Coastal Plain League)
Jared Foster, OF
Acadiana Cane Cutters (Texas Collegiate League)
Chris Sciambra, OF
Amsterdam Mohawks (Texas Collegiate League)
Taylor Butler, RHP