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Outfielder Antoine Duplantis will be back in 2019 for his senior season.

Projecting LSU baseball’s depth chart for 2019 season

Nick Suss

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LSU depth chart thoughts

The 2018 LSU baseball season is over and, with the 2018 MLB Draft in the rearview as well, it’s becoming pretty clear what the Tigers roster will look like in 2019. LSU coach Paul Mainieri met with the media on Thursday, divulging which players he expects to return for 2019 and which guys are as good as gone.

With that in mind, it’s only fair to project what the depth chart is going to look like next year, with one notable asterisk. Let’s dive into it.

Offense:

  • Catchers: Saul Garza, C.J. Willis, Brock Mathis
  • First base: Bryce Jordan, Cade Beloso
  • Second base: Brandt Broussard, Hal Hughes, Drew Bianco OR Gavin Dugas
  • Third base: Josh Smith, Chris Reid, Hal Hughes OR Drew Bianco OR Gavin Dugas
  • Shortstop: Brice Turang*, Josh Smith, Hal Hughes, Drew Bianco, Gavin Dugas
  • Left field: Daniel Cabrera, Giovanni DiGiacomo
  • Centerfield: Zach Watson, Antoine Duplantis
  • Right field: Antoine Duplantis, Giovanni DiGiacomo

* Brice Turang is undecided on his choice between playing at LSU or signing with the Milwaukee Brewers. For more information on this saga, click here.

Pitching:

  • Weekend starters: Zack Hess, Eric Walker, Ma’Khail Hilliard
  • Midweek starter: AJ Labas
  • Closer: Todd Peterson
  • Weekend relievers: Caleb Gilbert, Devin Fontenot, Matthew Beck
  • Freshman contributors: Landon Marceaux, Jaden Hill, Cole Henry
  • Other returning pitchers: John Kodros, Brandon Nowak, Trent Vietmeier, Clay Moffitt
  • Unknown commodity: Nick Storz

Plenty of opportunities for change are possible between now and the fall, when practice resumes. Turang’s choice will have ripple effects through the infield. But so, too, will how Smith, Hilliard, Labas, Walker and Storz recover from injuries this offseason. As will the development of all the incoming freshmen and junior college transfers.

This is the best guess as of right now. But there’s plenty of time for change.

Noted hockey fan Derrius Guice

The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup on Thursday night for the first time in franchise history. It was an awesome game, if you missed it. I hope you got to watch it, because it was great.

One person we definitely know was watching is former LSU running back Derrius Guice. Now a Washington Redskins running back, Guice seemed to embrace his new city’s championship victory. Quite a bit, in fact.

If there’s ever been a surprise, it might be a Baton Rouge guy embracing hockey as much as Guice has. But when your city wins a Stanley Cup, you celebrate. That’s a good choice.

Today in made-up holidays

According to the folks at NationalDayCalendar.com, June 8 is “National Best Friends Day.” I’ve always been uncomfortable thinking about the idea of having a best friend. At any given point, there are three or four people in my life who could all qualify as my “best friend.” So I try to refrain from using the phrase.

Real life isn’t like a TV show where two people are best friends without any overlap. Most of my closest friends have never spoken to one another. But sitcoms are better than real life. So here’s J.D. and Turk.