LSU Minor League Baseball Update
By Ryan Rogers
Members of the 2000 NCAA champion LSU baseball team continue to excel in the minors. A few bats have cooled off in the last week, but some pitchers have heated up.
Brad Hawpe’s batting average dropped 18 points from .319 to .301 within the last week. However he still leads the team with that average.
He now has 19 extra base hits, five home runs and 20 RBI’s. Although he struggled a little at the plate this week, Hawpe is still impressing everyone in Portland.
Brad Cresse continues to lead the High Desert Mavericks in batting average, is second in home runs and fourth in RBI. He is batting .315, with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. In fairness to Cresse, the players with more RBI’s than him have played a full season.
Cresse’s teammate Cedrick Harris struggled a bit this week. His average is down to .262 from .295 last week. However, that’s because he’s been seeing more and more starts lately. Once Harris has seen enough pitching he will likely start to swing the bat better.
The Tiger duo in Eugene, Ore., is continuing to surprise. BlairBarbier’s average is up 10 points to a team-leading .330. Barbier has 17 RBI’s on the season along with one homerun. He has been a solid first basemen for the club all summer.
Barbier’s teammate Ryan Jorgensen’s average remains high at .311. He defensive skills are also highly noted in Eugene. He is being tabbed as one of the best catching prospects within the Chicago Cubs organization.
Heath McMurray owns a 2-2 record in seven games of work at Ogden (Utah).
Trey Hodges has brought his ERA down to 7.35. He is 0-2 with nine strikeouts in 14.2 innings work for Jamestown of the New York-Penn league.
Hunter Gomez earned his first victory of the season with a seven inning, seven strikeout performance against Great Falls. However, according to officials with the Helena Brewers, the free agent retired from minor league baseball in order to move back to Louisiana and entertain a coaching offer.
Check in again next week for more updates on Tigers in the minors.