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Top 3 LSU Baseball Signees at Risk to Losing to the MLB Draft

LSU Baseball has one of the top ranked incoming freshman classes coming in and that always means you have to sweat some recruits making it to campus. The MLB Draft is scheduled to start on Sunday, July 9, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Rounds 1 and 2. Rounds 3 through 10 are set for Monday, July 10, at 2 p.m. ET. The draft wraps up on Tuesday, July 11, at 2 p.m. ET, with rounds 11 through 20. I will give you my three biggest concerns about making it to campus. We will start with my highest concern.

1 Blake Mitchell - 6'1"-200lbs Catcher PG Grade 10

MLB.COM Prospect Ranking No.13

Perfect Game Ranking No.8 Overall

Bleacher Report Mock Draft

27. Philadelphia Phillies: C Blake Mitchell, Sinton High School (TX)

Mitchell is a sure fire talent but a lot of teams shy away from high round picks at the catcher position. On the mound Blake has topped out at 97mph fastball and as a catcher his velo is 83mph. As a batter his exit velo is 98mph. He has very muscular build with room to add a lot more growth in my opinion. This is one that would shock a lot of people to see him make it to campus. That being said LSU is coming off of a championship season and he may see someone like Dylan Crews who came here as a projected 1st round selection and ended up working himself into a Top 3 at worst pick. IF he does happen to make it to Baton Rouge you will be looking at another Dylan Crews type potential talent.

2 Cameron Johnson - 6'5"-240lbs LHP PG Grade 10

MLB.COM Prospect Ranking No.42

Perfect Game Ranking No.10 Overall

IMG Academy , Bradenton,Fla.

Johnson is a tall, big bodied lefty that has a fast ball that has a fast ball that lives around 95-96mph and has topped out at 98mph. He also throws both a slider and a breaking ball that are pretty nasty in the high 70's. Per MLB.COM Johnson really excelled in the PDP League and proved time and again that he is one of the most dominate southpaws in the prep ranks. One thing that could have him drop some would be some was elbow tendinitis he had been dealing with. In my opinion I think given his size as a lefty with the stuff he has in his arsenal teams will be willing to take a shot on him in rounds 2-5. He would be an amazing pickup for the Tigers if he makes it to campus and would be an immediate contributor to this team, be that from the pen or as a starter.

Steven "Monster" Milam -5'-8"165lbs SS PG Grade 9.5

MLB.COM Prospect Ranking No.105

Perfect Game Ranking No.113 Overall

Centennial High School , Las Cruces,NM.

At 5'8" and 165 pounds he is undersized and that would be the one thing I could see hesitate with on Milam. That being said he is an all-around great infielder who is from New Mexico like another former Tiger Alex Bregman. He has an outstanding glove as a middle infielder and is a switch hitter but will not kill you with power. Like Crews and White this year at LSU had power but could go opposite field and use the entire field, it is the same with Milam just without the same power. Ultimately, I draw back on an article I did on Milam last year, where he mentioned to me how much his family valued education. I think he could see a slide due to being undersized. He has the most to gain by going to college of these three guys. While he may not grow much more height wise, three years in the LSU weight room and nutritional programs could bulk him up and have him with a stronger arm and hitting with more power especially under Jay Johnsons tutelage.

No inside knowledge here, but I see both Mitchell and Johnson ending up in the pros unless they, like Dylan Crews just want to have that college experience. With Milam it is kind of a toss-up but I am going to say I believe he ends up at LSU.

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02 jul 2023
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2017. Cole Freeman was all of 5' 8". Middle infield, 2nd base. Milam should watch some of those games. Didn't have monster stats. He just played really big!

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Good stuff, Justin. Keep up the good work. Just a small tip: You wrote that Cameron Johnson was “one of the most dominate southpaws in the prep ranks.” The word you’re looking for there is dominant, not dominate. Keep supplying the info. Tony

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