Hometown Heroes: Southeast Louisiana products in MLB, MiLB (Through July 31, 2023)

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Alex Lange

Here’s an update of regular-season pitching and hitting stats for many of the 2023 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 season, through Monday July 31. Below are some of July’s highlights.

Alex Lange (LSU) was one of three Tigers pitchers who combined to pitch a no-hitter for Detroit on July 8. It was only the 20th time in major-league history that a no-hitter was hurled by a combination of pitchers.

JP France won all four of his decisions during July. He lowered his ERA to 2.85, the best among Astros starters.

Blue Jays right-hander Kevin Gausman (LSU) has pitched seven games with double-digit strikeouts and continues to lead the National League with 171 strikeouts.

Cincinnati’s Ian Gibaut (Tulane) leads the National League with 50 appearances.

Cam Sanders (E.D. White HS, LSU) has a 6-0 record in 33 relief appearances. He averages 14.1 strikeouts per nine innings for the Iowa Cubs. His teammate Jake Slaughter (LSU) leads the team with 15 HRs and 58 RBIs. They are a big reason Iowa currently leads the International League West Division.

Andrew Stevenson (St. Thomas More HS, LSU) is slashing .325/.400/.521, with 12 HRs, 49 RBIs, and 34 stolen bases for the second-place St. Paul Saints.

Brendan Cellucci (Tulane) and two teammates combined to pitch a no-hitter for the Portland Sea Dogs on July 23.

Greg Deichmann (Brother Martin, LSU) was promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in the A’s organization, while Jacob Berry (LSU) was promoted to Double-A Pensacola in the Marlins system.

Next month’s report of hometown heroes will include 20 new players from the area that were selected in the 2023 MLB Draft. LSU led the way with 13 draftees.

MLB

Alex Bregman—Astros (LSU) 106 G, .252 BA, .347 OBP, 18 HR, 69 RBI, 3 SB

Jake Fraley—Reds (LSU) 90 G, .268 BA, .349 OBP, 15HR, 63 RBI, 19 SB

J.P. France—Astros (Shaw HS, Tulane, Miss. State) MLB: 15 G, 7-3, 2.85 ERA, 91.2 IP, 64 SO; MiLB: 5 G, 2-1 ERA, 19.1 IP, 26 SO

Kevin Gausman—Blue Jays (LSU) 21 G, 8-5, 3.10 ERA, 127.2 IP, 171 SO

Ian Gibaut—Reds (Tulane) 50 G, 8-2, 3.08 ERA, 52.2 IP, 46 SO, 1 SV

Alex Lange—Tigers (LSU) 43 G, 5-3, 3.80 ERA, 42.2 IP, 54 SO, 17 SV

Aaron Loup—Angels (Hahnville HS, Tulane) 35 G, 1-2, 4.99 ERA, 30.2 IP, 28 SO, 1 SV

DJ LeMahieu—Yankees (LSU) 90 G, .231 BA, .307 OBP, 8 HR, 28 RBI

Wade Miley—Brewers (Loranger HS, Southeastern) 13 G, 6-2, 3.06 ERA, 67.2 IP, 46 SO

Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic HS, LSU) 22 G, 9-7, 4.43 ERA, 138.0 IP, 139 SO

Austin Nola—Padres (Catholic HS, LSU) 52 G, .146 BA, .260 OBP, 1HR, 8 RBI

Tanner Rainey—Nationals (St. Paul’s HS, Southeastern) On 60-Day Injured List

Jake Rogers—Tigers (Tulane) 69 G, .215 BA, .298 OBP, 12 HR, 30 RBI

Josh Smith—Rangers (Catholic HS, LSU) 58 G, .217 BA, .347 OBP, 4 HR, 7 RBI

Triple-A

Drew Avans–-Dodgers (Southeastern) 95 G, .248 BA, .356 OBP, 11 HR, 49 RBI, 18 SB

Greg Deichmann—A’s (Brother Martin HS, LSU) 71 G, .247 BA, .341 OBP, 11 HR, 39 RBI, 11 SB

Hunter Feduccia—Dodgers (LSU) 64 G, .300 BA, .419 OBP, 8 HR, 45 RBI

Hudson Haskin—Orioles (Tulane) 33 G, .287 BA, .394 OBP, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 8 SB (On 7-Day Injured List)

Eric Orze—Mets (UNO) 24 G, 2-3, 6.75 ERA, 41.1 IP, 49 SO, 0 SV

Michael Papierski—Tigers (LSU) 51 G, .260 BA, .353 OBP, 6 HR, 29 RBI

Kramer Robertson—Cardinals (LSU) 82 G, .193 BA, .350 OBP, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 18 SB

Cam Sanders – Cubs (E.D. White HS, LSU) 33 G, 6-0, 4.85 ERA, 42.2 IP, 67 SO, 31 SV

Jake Slaughter—Cubs (LSU) 82 G, .249 BA, .348 OBP, 17 HR. 66 RBI, 14 SB

Chase Solesky—White Sox (Tulane) 17 G, 3-9, 5.97 ERA, 75.1 IP, 59 SO, 0 SV

Andrew Stevenson—Twins (St. Thomas More HS, LSU) 85 G, .325 BA, .400 OBP, 12 HR, 49 RBI, 34 SB

Grant Witherspoon – Tigers (Tulane) 69 G, .240 BA, .343 OBP, 9 HR, 28 RBI, 9 SB

Double-A

Donovan Benoit–-Reds (Tulane) 20 G, 0-4, 3.72 ERA, 29.0 IP, 37 SO, 3 SV (On 7-Day Injured List)

Jacob Berry – Marlins (LSU) 85 G, .226 BA, .276 OBP, 5HR, 40 RBI, 7 SB

Jared Biddy–-Rockies (Southeastern) 5 G, 0-0, 19.64 ERA, 7.1 IP, 4 SO, 0 SV (Released)

Daniel Cabrera—Tigers (John Curtis HS/Parkview Baptist HS, LSU) 45 G, .229 BA, .380 OBP, 0 HR, 17 RBI, 5 SB

Hayden Cantrelle—Giants (Louisiana Lafayette) 86 G, .215, .398 OBP, 4 HR, 21 RBI, 14 SB

Brendan Cellucci—Red Sox (Tulane) 25 G, 1-2, 6.31 ERA, 35.2 IP, 42 SO, 0 SV

Keagan Gillies—Orioles (Brother Martin, Tulane) 23 G, 3-1, 1.78 ERA, 25.1 IP, 39 SO, 2 SV

Cole Henry–-Nationals (LSU) 10 G, 0-3, 4.82 ERA, 28.0 IP, 30 SO, 0 SV

Kody Hoese—Dodgers (Tulane) 60 G, .262 BA, .308 OBP, 7 HR, 23 RBI, 1 SB

Zach Watson—Orioles (LSU) 52 G, .209 BA, .265 OBP, 8 HR, 31 RBI, 11 SB

High-A

Cade Doughty – Blue Jays (LSU) 75 G, .260 BA, .349 OBP, 12 HR, 53 RBI, 3 SB

Paul Gervase – Mets (LSU) 28G, 1-2, 1.51 ERA, 41.2 IP, 67 SO

Zack Hess—Tigers (LSU) 5 G, 1-0, 9.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 8 SO, 0 SV (On 7-Day Injured List)

Jaden Hill—Rockies (LSU) 15 G, 0-8, 9.07 ERA, 43.2 IP, 57 SO, 0 SV

Aaron McKeithan–-Cardinals (Tulane) 63 G, .266 BA, .375 OBP, 5 HR, 35 RBI, 2 SB

Braden Olthoff—Angels (Tulane) On 60-Day Injured List

Todd Peterson—Nationals (LSU) 29 G, 2-4, 5.28 ERA, 41.2 IP, 29 SO, 3 SV

Mac Sceroler—Reds (Denham Springs HS, Southeastern) 11 G, 3-0, 5.40 ERA, 18.1 IP, 11SO, 1 SV (On 7-Day Injured List)

Bryce Tassin—Tigers (Southeastern) 25 G, 2-5, 5.15 ERA, 36.2 IP, 30 SO, 0 SV

Tyree Thompson–Braves (Karr HS) 19 G, 0-2, 3.35 ERA, 44.0 IP, 49 SO, 0 SV

Low-A

Jack Aldrich—Cubs (Tulane) 6 G, 2-0, 5.68 ERA, 6.1 IP, 9 SO, 1 SV (On 7-Day Injured List)

Collin Burns–Orioles (De La Salle HS, Tulane) 29 G, .185 BA, .276 OBP, 0 HR, 6 RBI, 8 SB

Landon Marceaux—Mets (Destrehan, LSU) 17 G, 3-9, 5.60 ERA, 72.1 IP, 56 SO, 0 SV

Japanese League

Kyle Keller–-Hanshin (Jesuit, Southeastern) 22G, 1-0, 2.08 ERA, 21.2 IP, 24 SO, 0 SV

Jacob Waguespack—Orix (Dutchtown HS, Ole Miss) 26 G, 3-4, 3.56 ERA, 30.1 IP, 32 SO, 2 SV

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Richard Cuicchi

New Orleans baseball historian

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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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