With the sting of a national title game loss to Florida fresh, former LSU catcher Michael Papierski turned his eyes toward his professional baseball career on Friday.
Papierski, who was a 9th round selection of the Houston Astros in June’s MLB Draft, confirmed he will sign a contract to begin playing for the team on Monday, July 3.
The cherry on top? It provides the 21-year-old, switch-hitting catcher a chance to reunite with one of his best friends– former LSU star Alex Bregman.
Bregman, who was a first-round selection in the 2015 MLB draft, has already cleared the minor leagues and is a regular contributor at 3rd base for Houston, which has the best record in Major League Baseball.
Papierski may have a long way to go until he can join Bregman with the big club, but the two buddies are still pretty excited about getting to work together again per a report from MLB.com’s Christian Boutwell.
“He’s probably one of my best friends, and to have this opportunity, to be in the same organization as him, is going to be awesome,” Papierski said per the report. “I definitely never would have thought that I would be drafted by the same team as him. Now in the offseason we’re going to get to hang out, and hopefully in a few years, I get to hang out with him every day.”
Bregman also had glowing words for Papierski, calling him a steal at his draft position of No. 271 overall.
“He’s an A-plus defensive catcher,” Bregman told Boutwell. “Switch-hitting. Big kid. He’s still growing into his body. He’s really a steal, to be honest with you.”
Papierski is expected to report to the Astros’ West Palm Beach, Fla., Spring Training complex to sign the contract and will presumably receive his first minor league assignment from there.