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2016 LSU Baseball Signees

No. 27 Matthew Beck, RHP
6-7, 230, R-R, Fr., HS
Alexandria, La. (Alexandria HS)

  • A three-year starter at pitcher, third base and shortstop … collected 177 strikeouts on the mound during his career at Alexandria Senior High
  • Ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the state of Louisiana
  • Voted the District Pitcher of the Year in 2016; also a three-time All-State, All-District and All-Central Louisiana selection
  • Posted a 5-3 record in his senior year with a 2.14 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 56 innings
  • Also named All-State at quarterback for the Alexandria High football team, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 40 TDs
  • Graduated in the National Honor Society with a 4.0 GPA

Paul Mainieri on Matthew Beck:

“Matthew might be the ‘sleeper’ of this class, as he has as much upside as any pitcher coming to campus. Matthew chose LSU Baseball over continuing his football career as a quarterback at a number of Division 1 football programs. Matthew led the state of Louisiana in passing yards and touchdowns in 2015, and we are very excited for him to get to campus. At 6'7" he may draw some comparisons to 2009 LSU National Champion Anthony Ranaudo, and we think he has that type of potential on the mound for us. His fastball will sit in the 88-90 range, and we are excited for his development. This is another one of those guys that you get excited about knowing they will learn under the tutelage of Alan Dunn.”



No. 13 Nick Coomes, INF/C
5-11, 195, R-R, Jr. JC
Baton Rouge, La. (Catholic HS/LSU-Eunice)

  • Batted .359 in 2016 at LSU-Eunice with 13 homers, 25 doubles, 81 RBI, 76 runs and 15 stolen bases
  • Named 2016 JUCO All-American and All-Region … ranked No. 18 among Top 100 JUCO prospects
  • Helped lead LSU-Eunice to the 2015 JUCO national championship, batting .299 with five homers and 18 doubles
  • Earned All-State, All-Metro and All-District honors at Catholic High School; helped lead the Bears to the 2013 state championship
  • Received high school Gold Glove recognition at catcher in 2014

Paul Mainieri on Nick Coomes:

“Nick is a corner infielder that can also provide some depth to the catching position. An offensive player that put up tremendous numbers in JUCO, Nick looks to provide additional veteran experience and right-handed power to the 2017 Tigers lineup. The high school and JUCO teammate of Jordan Romero, Nick helped lead LSU-Eunice over the past two seasons to a 100-16 record, and he was the team captain in 2016. We are anxious to see if he will follow in the footsteps of fellow JUCO offensive threats such as Jordan Romero and Kade Scivicque.”



No. 46 Blair Frederick, LHP
6-0, 190, L-L, Fr., HS
New Orleans, La. (Brother Martin HS)


  • 2016 and 2015 all-state selection
  • Posted a 7-3 mark in 2016 with 96 strikeouts in 62.2 innings
  • Voted the 2016 New Orleans Archdiocese MVP
  • Registered a 6-3 mark in 2015 with 75 strikeouts in 54 innings and led Brother Martin High to its first state semifinal game in 15 years

Paul Mainieri on Blair Frederick:

“Blair is a very athletic pitcher that comes in with a mixture of ability and potential. His first full season pitching was only two years ago, and in that time we think he developed into the top high school left-handed pitcher in the state of Louisiana. The Brother Martin graduate usually pitches in the low 90s and has flashed 94 mph on multiple occasions. His best pitch is his plus slider that is a true swing-and-miss pitch. The New Orleans native showed an ability to dominate in high school after striking out 96 batters in only 62 innings his senior year – and that usually translates into a very good college pitcher. We are desperate for another quality left-hander on our staff and Blair quite possibly could fill that role.”



No. 38 Zack Hess, RHP
6-6, 200, R-R, Fr., HS
Forest, Va. (Liberty Christian Academy)

  • Selected in the 35th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees
  • Named a 2016 Perfect Game first-team All-American
  • Rated among Baseball America's Top 400 prospects
  • Posted a 7-1 record in his senior year with a 0.60 ERA, 110 strikeouts and 11 walks in 58.2 innings
  • A two-time first-team all-state selection in Virginia

Paul Mainieri on Zack Hess:

“One of the top power arms in America to make it to campus after being drafted by the New York Yankees, Zack has the potential to make an immediate impact on the Tiger pitching staff. Zack flashes two plus pitches; his fastball which has been up to 96 mph and a wipeout slider that gives him the potential to be in the same conversation as Kevin Gausman, Aaron Nola and Alex Lange by the time he finishes at LSU. We are so thrilled to see that Zack chose the collegiate route before starting his pro career. Tiger fans are going to love watching him pitch because of his intense focus and competitive zeal , which is very similar to the way Alex Lange carries himself on the mound.”

No. 40 Hunter Kiel, RHP
6-3, 220, R-R, Jr., JC
Florence, Ala. (Florence HS/Pensacola State)

  • Selected in the 29th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Recipient of the National Junior College Athletic Association Superior Academic Achievement Award
  • Named to the All-Panhandle Conference Academic Team
  • Started 10 games and made two relief appearances in 2016; in 41 innings of work, he allowed just 28 hits while striking out 54 batters

Paul Mainieri on Hunter Kiel:

“One of the hardest throwing JUCO pitchers in the country, Hunter flashes a fastball up to 97 mph to go along with a tight slider. His fastball and projectability got him drafted in the 29th round by the Arizona Diamondbacks after beginning his pitching career only two years ago at Pensacola State College. We are very excited to see the development of Hunter under Alan Dunn, and we believe he can follow in the footsteps of former power arms like Will LaMarche and Jesse Stallings. Once he learns to command the zone consistently he will be a monster on the mound for us.”



No. 43 Todd Peterson, RHP
6-5, 205, R-R, Fr., HS
Lake Mary, Fla. (Lake Mary HS)


  • Named a 2016 Perfect Game All-American
  • Rated among the nation's Top 400 prospects by Baseball America
  • Recorded a 0.74 ERA in 11 starts during his senior season, posting 79 strikeouts in 57 innings with three complete games

Paul Mainieri on Todd Peterson:

“Todd is a big, strong right-handed pitcher that was up to 96 mph in high school. He participated in multiple national showcases and tournaments with the best players in the country, where he featured his consistent low to mid 90s fastball and good feel for a curveball. The Florida native looks to compete for innings right away either as a starter or a hard-throwing option out of our bullpen. Todd looks to fall in line with the previous power arms at LSU, and we are beyond excited to see the impact he has on our team this year. When this young man fulfills his potential, he has a chance to be something special.”



No. 37 Will Reese, RHP
6-4, 190, R-R, Fr., HS
Leesville, La. (Anacoco HS)

  • Listed among the Baseball America Top 400 prospects for the 2016 MLB Draft
  • Posted a 2.20 ERA his senior season with 61 strikeouts in 45 innings
  • A three-time baseball all-state selection
  • Led Anacoco High School to two state basketball titles during his career

Paul Mainieri on Will Reese:

“The ultimate projection guy in this class as a top multi-sport athlete in Louisiana. Will was a Top 400 player in the MLB Draft according to Baseball America, a three-time All-State selection in baseball, garnered back to back Class B basketball state MVPs, and turned down several D1 basketball scholarships to play baseball at LSU. This spring at Anacoco High School, he flashed a 93 mph fastball with a plus curveball. He could easily be a frontline arm for LSU in the coming years. Again, a great athlete as a pitcher with the physical attributes to turn into something special. Let's see Alan Dunn work his magic with Will, and I believe the end result is going to be outstanding.”



No. 5 Jake Slaughter, INF
6-2, 202, R-R, Fr., HS
Choudrant, La. (Ouachita Christian HS)


  • Selected in the 36th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs
  • Ranked as the 2016 No. 1 prospect in Louisiana by Prep Baseball Report
  • Batted .406 in his senior season with 11 doubles, five triples, 48 runs and 33 RBI
  • Played in the Cal Ripken League this summer and was voted to the All-Star team
  • 2015 Prep Baseball Report Player of the Year
  • A two-time all-state selection; also earned numerous all-parish, all-district and all-Northeast Louisiana accolades
  • Helped lead Ouachita Christian to the 2012 and 2014 state football championships as a wide receiver; earned all-state honors
  • As a junior in 2014, caught 67 passes for 1,165 yards and 31 touchdowns; also rushed for 559 yards

Paul Mainieri on Jake Slaughter:

“One of the top two-sport athletes in America, Jake received several offers from major Division 1 football programs after a very successful high school career at wide receiver at Ouachita Christian. He follows in the footsteps of another great football/baseball player that came to LSU after a stellar career at Ouachita Christian, Mark Laird. Slaughter was drafted by the Chicago Cubs and compares favorably in size and athleticism to former Tiger and National League All-Star/Gold Glove recipient, DJ LeMahieu. A tremendous offensive player with the ability to hit and hit for power, Jake provides a ton of versatility to the Tigers going into the 2017 season. We are extremely eager to see what Jake can provide to our lineup this year and beyond.”



No. 4 Josh Smith, INF
5-10, 175, L-R, Fr., HS
Greenwell Springs, La. (Catholic HS)

  • Selected in the 38th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers
  • Rated among the nation's Top 400 prospects by Baseball America
  • Earned 2016 Class 5A first-team all-state recognition
  • Batted .379 at Catholic High in 2016 with six homers and 28 RBI while committing just three errors
  • Also stole 32 bases in 33 attempts last season
  • As a starter at third base in his freshman year, he helped lead Catholic to the 2013 state championship
  • Played in the Prospect League this summer and was voted to the All-Star team

Paul Mainieri on Josh Smith:

“Josh comes in as a highly-touted infielder from Catholic High here in Baton Rouge, the same high school as LSU teammates Jordan Romero and Nick Coomes, as well as former All-Americans Aaron and Austin Nola. I had a chance to see him play a lot as a freshman in high school as he was teammates with my son, Tommy, when they won the state championship in 2013. Josh will remind a lot of LSU fans of Austin Nola defensively, and he should compete for a starting job on the infield immediately. The smooth swinging left-handed hitter was a MLB draft pick by the Detroit Tigers. He also had the advantage of playing in a very competitive college summer league (the Prospect League) before enrolling this fall at LSU. He played so well that he made the All-Star team in the Prospect League as the starting shortstop. Josh is an outstanding worker with great makeup that we know will put himself into position to impact our team and be one of the next great LSU infielders.”


No. 23 Mason Templet, INF

6-1, 205, L-R, Fr., HS
Youngsville, La. (St. Thomas More HS)

  • 2016 Perfect Game and Max Preps All-American; also named a Perfect Game All-American in 2015
  • 2016 Louisiana Player of the Year and first-team All-State
  • Helped lead St. Thomas More to state championships in 2014 and 2015
  • Hit. .455 in 2016 at St. Thomas More High with 40 runs, 27 RBI, nine homers and a .571 on-base percentage … struck out just 13 times in 119 plate appearances
  • Batted .442 in 2014 with 24 runs, 37 RBI, four doubles, one triple and three homers

Paul Mainieri on Mason Templet:

“Mason is a left-handed bat with outstanding power potential, and he was a high school teammate of Brennan Breaux at St. Thomas More High School for their back-to-back 4A State Championships. The two-time State Champion was tabbed an All-American in 2016 by Perfect Game and Max Preps. As a hitter, Mason combines his power with an advanced feel at the plate and plus strike-zone judgement. Mason's offensive abilities and left-handed bat will be a force for us at a corner infield position or DH.”


No. 10 Eric Walker, RHP
6-0, 175, R-R, Fr., HS
Arlington, Texas (Arlington Martin HS)

  • Compiled a 27-5 record with 295 strikeouts in three seasons as a starting pitcher in high school
  • 7-3 mark his senior year with a 1.24 ERA and 95 strikeouts … recorded 13, 14 and 15-strikeout games during the season
  • Posted a 14-0 mark in his junior season with a 0.85 ERA and 113 strikeouts … recorded 12 complete games and led team to state runners-up finish
  • Named 2015 Dallas/Fort Worth All-Area Pitcher of the Year … also received numerous All-State and All-District accolades in his junior and senior seasons
  • Also played as the starting quarterback for the Arlington Martin High football team

Paul Mainieri on Eric Walker:

“Simply ‘a winner’ is the best way to describe this young man! Eric comes in as prepared as anyone in the class to be a starting pitcher. His elite pitchability, command of three pitches, and his ability to fill up the zone with strike after strike will remind a lot of LSU fans of a young Aaron Nola or a veteran Jared Bradford. He struck out 295 hitters over three years on the varsity squad. On top of his great high school baseball career, Eric was a three-year starting quarterback for an outstanding football team at the 6A level in Texas, and he is a tremendous leader. He oozes self-confidence and poise. I have a feeling Eric will compete for a lot of innings at LSU right away.”



No. 9 Zach Watson, INF/OF
6-0, 170, S-R, Fr., HS
Ruston, La. (West Ouachita HS)

  • Ranked No. 1 in Louisiana and No. 139 in the Class of 2016 by Perfect Game
  • Named to the 2016 ABCA/Rawlings High School All-Region Team, Perfect Game All-Region Team and USA Today All-Louisiana Team
  • A four-year starter in high school, batted over .400 each year with 31 career homers … batted .481 in 2016 with 18 doubles, four triples, 10 homers, 28 stolen bases and only eight strikeouts … also pitched as a closer last season, recording seven saves
  • A three-time first team All-State selection and four-time All-District selection … named 2016 District MVP
  • Earned All-Northeast Louisiana Big School Player of the Year honors three years in a row, becoming the first player to receive the honor in multiple years

Paul Mainieri on Zach Watson:

“Zach comes in as probably the fastest player in the state of Louisiana, and he will remind LSU fans of Cole Freeman because of that speed. He will be an immediate game-changer on the base paths and will provide versatility in the infield and outfield. The Ruston native has surprising power for his size and a quick bat with a very level swing that stays through the zone. We are very anxious to see what impact he can have for our lineup and the pressure he can put on the defense. He has been an infielder throughout his career up to this point but could project as a speed outfielder with work.”


No. 22 Rankin Woley, C/INF

6-0, 200, R-R, Fr., HS
Atlanta, Ga. (The Westminster School)

  • A four-year starter and two-way player at infield, catcher and pitcher in high school … completed his career as The Westminster School all-time leader in every offensive category, including 30 home runs
  • In 2016, he recorded 10 homers, a .941 slugging percentage and a .578 on-base percentage … also posted a 1.05 ERA in 20 innings pitched with 32 strikeouts and five saves
  • Led high school in 2016 to first baseball state title in 41 years, selected 3-A Player of the Year, First Team All-State,
  • White Keenan MVP and Westminster Athlete of the Year
  • Voted Louisville Slugger All-American, USA Today All-USA Team, Atlanta Braves 400 Club All-Star
  • Led his school to its first football state title in 37 years as a two-way starter at quarterback and safety
  • Member of the National Honor Society with 92.0 GPA

Paul Mainieri on Rankin Woley:

“A four-year starter and his high school's all-time leader in every offensive category, Rankin is a strong, physical and extremely versatile player that we are really excited about. He was also a tough football player in high school, which I like. The Louisville Slugger All-American and USA Today All-USA selection looks to add depth at catcher, can play the infield, and probably has the versatility to get a look at first base. Rankin is a right-handed hitter with a strong swing and he really impacts the baseball. His versatility, along with his bat, will give him a great chance to get on the field in a variety of ways early in his career.”




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