Poche', Papierski Selected in Ninth Round of MLB Draft

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Poche', Papierski Selected in Ninth Round of MLB Draft

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU senior left-hander Jared Poche’ and junior catcher Michael Papierski have been selected in the ninth round of the MLB Draft. Poche’ was the 261st selection overall by the Oakland Athletics, and Papierski was the 271st selection overall by the Houston Astros.

Day 2 of the draft continues Tuesday through Round 10, and the draft will conclude with Rounds 11-40 on Wednesday.

Poche’, a native of Lutcher, La., is 10-3 this season with a 3.42 ERA in 97.1 innings, and he’s recorded 36 walks and 67 strikeouts. He has a 37-12 career mark at LSU, and he needs one more win to tie Scott Schultz (38 wins, 1992-95) as LSU’s all-time wins leader.

Poche’, who graduated from LSU last month with a degree in kinesiology, is tied with Lane Mestepey (2001-05) for the most starts school history with 68.
Poche’ has worked 400.1 innings during his four-year career, recording a 3.08 ERA and 278 strikeouts.

He fired 32 consecutive  scoreless innings to start the 2017 season, the second-longest streak in LSU history. The longest streak is held by Ben McDonald, who recorded 44.2 straight scoreless innings in 1989.

Poche’s streak included a seven-inning no-hitter against Army on February 18, the first no-hitter recorded by an LSU pitcher since 1979.

Papierski, a product of Lemont, Ill., is batting .260 this season with six doubles, eight homers and 34 RBI, and he’s thrown out 22 base runners attempting to steal this season.

Papierski has helped lead LSU to wins in 21 of its past 23 games, batting .328 (21-for-64) with three doubles, five homers and 21 RBI in that span. He is batting .400 (4-for-10) in NCAA Tournament games with two doubles, one homer, eight RBI and six runs.

Papierski had the game-winning RBI in both of LSU’s NCAA Super Regional wins last weekend over Mississippi State. He lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning of Game 1 to break a 3-3 tie, and his two-run double in the fifth inning of Game 2 erased a 4-3 MSU lead.