Ryan Eades Makes MLB Debut for Twins

by Bill Franques
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Ryan Eades Makes MLB Debut for Twins

BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU pitcher Ryan Eades received a Major League call-up over the weekend from the Minnesota Twins, and he pitched two scoreless relief innings in his MLB debut Saturday in Detroit.

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Eades, the Twins’ second-round draft choice in 2013, becomes the 16th LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the big leagues. Eades, a native of Slidell, La., played at LSU from 2011 through 2013, and he helped lead the Tigers to a College World Series appearance in 2013 and the SEC championship in 2012.

He posted a 17-5 career mark in three seasons at LSU with 52 appearances (40 starts). Eades made 17 starts for the Tigers in 2013, posting an 8-1 mark and a 2.79 ERA in 100 innings with 32 walks and 78 strikeouts. He finished No. 8 in the SEC in wins, No. 8 in innings pitched and No. 12 in strikeouts.

Eades was named SEC Pitcher of the Week of the Week during the 2012 season after he pitched brilliantly in an April 14 win over Alabama, limiting the Crimson Tide to only two hits in 7.1 innings. He fired 116 pitches in the outing, allowing just one run with four walks and five strikeouts.

The other Mainieri-coached LSU players to reach the major leagues are infielder JaCoby Jones, infielder Alex Bregman, infielder Ryan Schimpf, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, pitcher Kevin Gausman, infielder Matt Clark and outfielder Andrew Stevenson.

LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 26 of the past 29 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 74 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history.