Hometown Heroes: Southeast Louisiana products in MLB, MiLB

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Aaron Nola

Here’s an update for many of the 2021 major-league and minor-league players who prepped or played collegiately in the New Orleans area and southeast Louisiana. All stats are cumulative for the year through Wednesday, June 30.

Aaron Nola (LSU) tied Tom Seaver’s major-league record with 10 consecutive strikeouts on June 25. He had a total of 12 punchouts for the game, but despite his efforts his Phillies lost to the Mets. He managed to get two wins in June.

Kevin Gausman (LSU) had won seven consecutive games before taking his first loss on June 12. He is now 8-2, with a NL leading 1.68 ERA. He’s one of the main reasons the Giants are in first place in the NL West.

Seattle’s Jake Fraley (LSU) had several career firsts during the first two weeks of June. On June 3, he hit his first MLB home run against the Angels. Two days later he belted his first grand slam home run. On June 9 against Detroit, he robbed a Tiger home run with a fantastic catch in left field and then got his first walk-off hit in the 11th inning.

The Houston Astros’ Alex Bregman (LSU) and the Yankees’ DJ LeMahieu (LSU) were among the finalists at their respective positions in the MLB All-Star Game voting.

Andrew Mitchell (Jesuit and Delgado CC) pitched the last three innings of a combined no-hitter with Josh Walker for Class AA Binghampton against Reading.

Josh Smith (LSU) hit a home run in his first at-bat after being promoted to Hi-A Hudson Valley from Lo-A Tampa. He’s been on a tear the entire season with a slash line of .342/.463/.685.

At the end of May, Daniel Cabrera (John Curtis HS, LSU) had three consecutive games with three hits for Class A West Michigan. He has 14 multi-hit games in his total of 46 games this season.

Greg Deichmann (Brother Martin, LSU) had a red-hot June with a slash line of .346/.453/.449 with one HR and 11 RBI while playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.

MLB

Alex Bregman—Astros (LSU) 59 G, .275 BA, .359 OBP, 7 HR, 34 RBI (On Injured List since June 17)

Jake Fraley—Mariners (LSU) 30 G, .241 BA, .427 OBP, 5 HR, 18 RBI, 5 SB

Kevin Gausman—Giants (LSU) 16 G, 8-2, 1.68 ERA, 101.2 IP, 116 SO

Will Harris—Nationals (Slidell HS, LSU) 8 G, 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6 IP, 9 SO (On Injured List since May 23)

Alex Lange—Tigers (LSU) 18 G, 0-1, 7.31 ERA, 16.0 IP, 20 SO (On Injured List since June 15)

Aaron Loup—Mets (Hahnville HS, Tulane) 27 G, 2-0, 1.52 ERA, 23.2 IP, 29 SO

DJ LeMahieu—Yankees (LSU) 76 G, .273 BA, .347 OBP, 7 HR, 33 RBI

Wade Miley—Reds (Loranger HS, Southeastern) 14 G, 6-4, 3.09 ERA, 81.2 IP, 118 SO

Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic HS, LSU) 17 G, 5-5, 4.44, 95.1 IP, 76 SO

Austin Nola—Padres (Catholic HS, LSU) 18 G, .217 BA, .373 OBP, 1 HR, 11 RBI (On Injured List since May 25.

Tanner Rainey—Nationals (St. Paul’s HS, Southeastern) 30 G, 1-2, 6.93 ERA, 24.2 IP, 31 SO

Jake Rogers—Tigers (Tulane) 28 G, .224 BA, .283 OBP, 4 HR, 12 RBI

Mac Sceroler—Orioles (Denham Springs HS, Southeastern) 5G, 0-0, 14.09 ERA, 7.2 IP, 11 SO

Riley Smith—Diamondbacks (LSU) 20 G, 1-4, 6.02 ERA, 61.1 IP, 33 SO

Andrew Stevenson—Nationals (St. Thomas More HS, LSU) 54 G, .227 BA, .283 OBP, 2 HR, 10 RBI (On Injured List since June 17)

Triple-A

Greg Deichmann—A’s (Brother Martin HS, LSU) 40 G, .324 BA, .457 OBP, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 6 SB

Ryan Eades—Astros (Northshore HS, LSU) 6 G, 0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 9 SO (On Injured List since June 8)

Ian Gibaut—Twins (Tulane) 14 G, 0-2, 8.57 ERA, 21.0 IP, 25 SO

Nick Goody—Yankees (LSU) 17 G, 4-1, 2.86 ERA, 22.0 IP, 31 SO

Jacoby Jones—Tigers (LSU) 26 G, .235 BA, .333 OBP, 2 HR, 10 RBI

Kyle Keller—Pirates (Jesuit HS, Southeastern) 12 G, 2-0, 1.65 ERA, 16.1 IP, 27 SO

Mikie Mahtook—White Sox (LSU) 34 G, .207 BA, .265 OBP, 8 HR, 18 RBI

Reeves Martin—Mariners (UNO) 5 G, 0-2, 8.10 ERA, 6.2 IP, 4 SO (Has not played since May 18)

Michael Papierski—Astros (LSU) 39 G, .290 BA, .423 OBP, 2 HR, 23 RBI

Kramer Roberston—Cardinals (LSU) 47 G, .245 BA, .369 OBP, 5 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB

Justin Williams—Cardinals (Terrebone HS) 14 G, .241 BA, .255 OBP, 2 HR, 7 RBI

Double-A

Cole Freeman—Nationals (LSU) 41 G, .261 BA, .331 OBP, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 6 SB

Kody Hoese—Dodgers (Tulane) 30 G, .178 BA, .244 OBP, 1 HR, 9 RBI

Andrew Mitchell—Mets (Jesuit, Delgado, Auburn) 14 G, 3-1, 2.05 ERA, 26.1 IP, 30 SO

Tate Scioneaux—Rockies (Riverside HS, Southeastern) 18 G, 0-1, 3.63 ERA, 22.1 IP, 26 SO

Bryan Warzek—Dodgers (UNO) 16 G, 3-1, 2.42 ERA, 26.0 IP, 33 SO

Hi-A

Nick Bush—Rockies (LSU) 9 G, 4-2, 2.61 ERA, 48.1 IP, 56 SO

Daniel Cabrera—Tigers (John Curtis HS, Delgado, LSU) 46 G, BA .265, .317 OBP, 4HR, 32 RBI, 5 SB

Brendan Cellucci—Red Sox (Tulane) 14 G, 0-1, 5.87 ERA, 15.1 IP, 22 SO

Antoine Duplantis—Mets (LSU) 41 G, .236 BA, .311 OBP, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 2 SB

Cody Grosse—Mariners (Southeastern) 27 G, .261 BA, .381 OBP, 1 HR, 11 RBI, 7 SB

Zack Hess—Tigers (LSU) 18 G, 0-3, 5.85 ERA, 20.0 IP, 30 SO, 2 SV

Eric Orze—Mets (UNO) 6 G, 0-1, 5.19 ERA, 8.2 IP, 10 SO, 1 SV

Shawn Semple—Yankees (UNO) 10 G, 4-2, 3.15 ERA, 45.2 IP, 53 SO

Josh Smith—Yankees (Catholic HS, LSU) 30 G, .342 BA, .480 OBP, 8 HR, 22 RBI. 14 SB

Bryce Tassin—Tigers (Southeastern) 17 G, 3-2, 2.45 ERA, 22.0 IP, 22 SO, 3 SV

Zach Watson—Orioles (LSU) 43 G, .256 BA, .314 OBP, 7 HR, 22 RBI, 14 SB

Lo-A

Hudson Haskin—Orioles (Tulane) 43 G, .280 BA, .382 OBP, 5 HR, 31 RBI, 12 SB

Chase Solesky—White Sox (Tulane) 9 G, 1-3, 4.63 ERA, 35.0 IP, 49 SO

Tyree Thompson—Rangers (Karr HS) 7 G, 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 20.0 IP, 19 SO

Rookie

Todd Peterson—Nationals (LSU) 4 G, 1-0, 7.71 ERA, 4.2 IP, 6 SO

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Richard Cuicchi

New Orleans baseball historian

Richard Cuicchi, Founder of the Metro New Orleans Area Baseball Player Database and a New Orleans area baseball historian, maintains TheTenthInning.com website. He also authored the book, Family Ties: A Comprehensive Collection of Facts and Trivia About Baseball’s Relatives. He has contributed to numerous SABR-sponsored Bio Project and Games Project books.

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