Hometown Heroes: Southeast Louisiana products in MLB, MiLB

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LeMahieu-Bregman

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 September 2. Below are some of the highlights from August.

Alex Bregman finally returned to the active list on August 25 after being on the injured list since June 17. Jake Fraley, Alex Lange, and Kyle Keller were recalled by their major league clubs.

Promotions during the month included Daniel Cabrera (to Double-A), Eric Orze (to Triple-A), Chase Solesky (to Hi-A), and Ian Gibaut (to major leagues).

Players from some of the local colleges who were drafted in 2021 and started their professional careers have been included.

Outfielder Greg Deichmann made his major league debut with the Cubs on August 7 and got a hit in 5 at-bats.

Aaron Nola faced his brother Austin for first time on April 21. Austin struck out, flied out and walked against his brother.

Players who will be involved in key division races during the final month of the season include Alex Bregman (Astros), Kevin Gausman (Giants), Aaron Loup (Mets), DJ LeMahieu (Yankees), Wade Miley (Reds), Aaron Nola (Phillies), and Austin Nola (Padres).

MLB

Alex Bregman—Astros (LSU) MLB (65 G, .284 BA, .380 OBP, 7 HR, 35 RBI); MiLB (11 G, .250 BA, .386 OBP, 1 HR, 5 RBI); Returned to active list on August 25

Kevin Gausman—Giants (LSU) 27 G, 12-5, 2.52 ERA, 157.0 IP, 183 SO

Greg Deichmann—Cubs (Brother Martin HS, LSU) MLB (7 G, .174 BA, .174 OBP, 0 HR, 1 RBI); MiLB (80 G, .284 BA, .399 OBP, 6 HR, 44 RBI, 9 SB)

Ian Gibaut—Twins (Tulane) MLB (2 G, 0-0, 0.003 ERA, 5.0 IP, 3 SO); MiLB (27 G, 1-3, 7.20 ERA, 40.0 IP, 46 SO); Promoted to Twins on August 28

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

Jake Fraley—Mariners (LSU) MLB (62 G, .213 BA, .359 OBP, 9 HR, 30 RBI, 9 SB); MiLB (11 G, .333 BA, .488 OBP, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 SB); Activated by Mariners on August 2; On Injured List August 28

Kyle Keller—Pirates (Jesuit HS, Southeastern) MLB (23 G, 0-1, 7.13 ERA, 24.0 IP, 25 SO); MiLB (13 G, 2-0, 1.96 ERA, 18.1 IP, 31 SO); Recalled by Pirates July 2

Alex Lange—Tigers (LSU) MLB (23 G, 0-1, 5.32 ERA, 22 IP, 25 SO); MiLB (19 G, 2-1, 4.57 ERA, 21.2 IP, 27 SO); Recalled by Tigers August 22

Aaron Loup—Mets (Hahnville HS, Tulane) 53 G, 4-0, 1.20 ERA, 45.0 IP, 48 SO

DJ LeMahieu—Yankees (LSU) 126 G, .267 BA, .350 OBP, 9 HR, 52 RBI

Wade Miley—Reds (Loranger HS, Southeastern) 25 G, 11-5, 2.97 ERA, 148.2 IP, 114 SO

Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic HS, LSU) 26 G, 7-7, 4.30, 148.2 IP, 181 SO

Austin Nola—Padres (Catholic HS, LSU) MLB (44 G, .260 BA, .340 OBP, 1 HR, 26 RBI); MiLB (11 G, .303 BA, .410 OBP, 1 HR, 4 RBI)

Tanner Rainey—Nationals (St. Paul’s HS, Southeastern) MLB (32 G, 1-2, 7.62 ERA, 26 IP, 31 SO); MiLB (4 B, 0-0, 4.91 ERA, 3.2 IP, 6 SO); Returned from Disabled List on August 12

Jake Rogers—Tigers (Tulane) MLB (38 G, .239 BA, .306 OBP, 6 HR, 17 RBI); MiLB (1 G, .000 BA, .250 OBP, 0 HR, 0 RBI); 60-day Injured List

Riley Smith—Diamondbacks (LSU) MLB (24 G, 1-4, 6.01 ERA, 67.1 IP, 36 SO); MiLB (2 G, 0-0, 7.2 IP, 6 SO); On 60-day Injured List

Andrew Stevenson—Nationals (St. Thomas More HS, LSU) MLB (81 G, .220 BA, .276 OBP, 3 HR, 15 RBI); MiLB (15 G, .436 BA, .466 OBP, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB)

Triple-A

Drew Avans – Dodgers (Southeastern) 65 G, .264 BA, .394 OBP, 4 HR, 19 RBI, 14 SB

J.P. France—Astros (Shaw HS, Tulane, Miss. State) – 20 G, 7-2, 3.42 ERA, 92.0 IP, 123 SO

Nick Goody—Yankees (LSU) 32 G, 4-5, 5.35 ERA, 38.2 IP, 48 SO; Released by Nationals, signed by Yankees August 17

Jacoby Jones—Tigers (LSU) MiLB (68 G, .238 BA, .324 OBP, 7 HR, 26 RBI); MLB (36 G, .170 BA, .210 OBP, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

Mikie Mahtook—White Sox (LSU) 82 G, .260 BA, .323 OBP, 21 HR, 52 RBI

Reeves Martin—Mariners (UNO) 5 G, 0-2, 8.10 ERA, 6.2 IP, 4 SO; Retired May 20

Zack Mathis – Padres (LSU) 60 G, .251 BA, .350 OBP, 5 HR, 22 RBI, 1 SB

Andrew Mitchell—Mets (Jesuit, Delgado, Auburn) 22 G, 3-1, 3.89 ERA, 39.1 IP, 43 SO; Activated from Injured List August 31

Eric Orze—Mets (UNO) 29 G, 3-2, 3.53 ERA, 43.1 IP, 57 SO, 5 SV; Promoted to Triple A on August 10

Michael Papierski—Astros (LSU) 86 G, .258 BA, .403 OBP, 6 HR, 41 RBI

Kramer Roberston—Cardinals (LSU) 98 G, .243 BA, .353 OBP, 8 HR, 50 RBI, 8 SB

Tate Scioneaux—Rockies (Riverside HS, Southeastern) 38 G, 3-2, 4.47 ERA, 44.1 IP, 48 SO

Justin Williams—Cardinals (Terrebone HS) MiLB (16 G, .250 BA, .276 OBP, 3 HR, 8 RBI); MLB (51 G, .160 BA, .270 OBP, 4 HR, 11 RBI); Placed on 7-day Injured List August 3

Double-A

Jared Biddy – Rockies (Southeastern) 23 G, 4.20 ERA, 40.2 IP, 41 SO

Nick Bush—Rockies (LSU) 17 G, 4-6, 3.71 ERA, 87.1 IP, 90 SO; On Injured List since August 7

Daniel Cabrera—Tigers (John Curtis HS, Delgado, LSU) 101 G, BA .242, .299 OBP, 9 HR, 65 RBI, 7 SB; Promoted to Double-A August 30

Cole Freeman—Nationals (LSU) 87 G, .275 BA, .332 OBP, 5 HR, 36 RBI, 13 SB

Shawn Semple—Yankees (UNO) 20 G, 10-3, 2.85 ERA, 98.0 IP, 117 SO

Mac Sceroler—Reds (Denham Springs HS, Southeastern) MiLB (12 G, 1-4, 9.30 ERA, 40.2 IP, 48 SO); MLB 5G, 0-0, 14.09 ERA, 7.2 IP, 11 SO); Transferred to Development List

Bryan Warzek—Dodgers (UNO) 30 G, 3-2, 5.60 ERA, 45.0 IP, 52 SO

Zach Watson—Orioles (LSU) 88 G, .263 BA, .304 OBP, 18 HR, 61 RBI, 21 SB

Hi-A

Brendan Cellucci—Red Sox (Tulane) 31 G, 0-3, 5.93 ERA, 30.1 IP, 54 SO

Antoine Duplantis—Mets (LSU) 92 G, .255 BA, .320 OBP, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 8 SB

Cody Grosse—Mariners (Southeastern) 71 G, .218 BA, .336 OBP, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 12 SB

Hudson Haskin—Orioles (Tulane) 83 G, .276 BA, .381 OBP, 5 HR, 42 RBI, 22 SB

Cole Henry – Nationals (LSU) 8 G, 2-5, 3.09, 32.0 IP, 48 SO,

Zack Hess—Tigers (LSU) 39 G, 2-5, 3.80 ERA, 45.0 IP, 60 SO, 11 SV

Kody Hoese—Dodgers (Tulane) 54 G, .204 BA, .259 OBP, 1 HR, 16 RBI (Activated from rehab assignment August 17

Todd Peterson—Nationals (LSU) 16 G, 2-1, 4.76 ERA, 28.1 IP, 29 SO

Kaleb Roper—White Sox (Rummel, Tulane) 14 G, 1-6, 7.95 ERA, 48.2 IP, 67 SO

Chase Solesky—White Sox (Tulane) 18 G, 1-7, 5.14 ERA, 68.1 IP, 88 SO; Promoted to Hi-A on August 3

Josh Smith—Rangers (Catholic HS, LSU) 63 G, .305 BA, .418 OBP, 11 HR, 34 RBI, 22 SB

Bryce Tassin—Tigers (Southeastern) 36 G, 5-5, 1.86 ERA, 53.1 IP, 53 SO, 8 SV

Lo-A

Jay Aldrich – Royals (Tulane) 5 G, 2-1, 1.29 ERA, 7.0 IP, 4 SO

Donovan Benoit – Reds (Tulane) 2 G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1.1 IP, 3 SO

Collin Burns – Orioles (De La Salle HS, Tulane) 14 G, .333 BA, .407 OBP, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB

Saul Garza – Royals (LSU) 38 G, .279 BA, .396 OBP, 3 HR, 21 RBI

A.J. Labas – Twins (LSU) 3 G, 1-2, 15.88 ERA, 5.2 IP, 5 SO

Aaron McKeithan – Cardinals (Tulane) 14 G, .171 BA, .292 OBP, 0 HR, 2 RBI

Braden Olthoff – Angels (Tulane) 2 G, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 10 SO

Connor Pellerin – Yankees (Episcopal HS Baton Rouge, Tulane) 6 G, 0-1, 8.59 ERA, 7.1 IP, 10 SO

Tyree Thompson — Rangers (Karr HS) 7 G, 1-0, 2.70 ERA, 20.0 IP, 19 SO; On 60-day Injured List June 25 June 18

Independent League

Ryan Eades — (Northshore HS, LSU) MiLB (7 G, 0-1, 7.71 ERA, 7.0 IP, 12 SO); Released by Astros, playing in Independent League

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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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