LSU building another strong baseball recruiting class for 2019

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LSU continues to stockpile baseball talent for the future, and head coach Paul Mainieri looks like he has assembled a recruiting class for 2019 that could be very, very special.

Just this past weekend, two more prized recruits pledged to play for the Tigers in ’19.

Tom Biggs, a pitcher and second baseman from West Monroe, is a 5-foot-11, 188 pounder who boasts a 91 mph fastball, but he may wind up as an infielder exclusively. He previously committed to ULL but always wanted to be a Tiger.

A very athletic, powerful left handed batter, Biggs has a fluid swing with quick hands. He has a short stride as a hitter, producing line drives and power to the gaps.

Tom Wilhite (6-2, 189) out of West Ouachita had offers from La. Tech, Mississippi State, Houston and USC. He has registered 92 mph on radar gun as right-handed pitcher who can also line up at third base. A polished starter with a sinking change up and curve ball and a plus slider, Wilhite has a sharp late movement on his fastball.

That duo joins a trio of earlier pledges for the 2019 Tiger recruiting class.

Shortstop Cade Doughty (6-1, 190) from Denham Springs pledged to LSU on July 19. He bats from right side of plate and throws right-handed. Doughty maintains a 3.6 GPA as well. He threw a no hitter in the opening round of the playoffs last spring against H.L. Bourgeois in an eight strikeout masterpiece. He sits in the upper 80’s on the mound and, as a freshman in 2016, he batted .389 with 18 RBIs.

Wes Toups was another prime get for the ’19 class for the Tigers. The E.D. White product doubles as the quarterback for the Cardinals football squad. The dual threat signal caller has 4.55 speed. He bats from left side of the plate and throws right handed. The center fielder considered offers from LSU, Nicholls, SLU and Mississippi State. Toups hit .494 last season with 43 hits, 31 stolen bases and 28 RBIs.

Big and powerful Hayden Travinski (6-2, 228) committed on March 8. The first baseman and catcher out of Airline High batted .426 with 34 RBIs last season as a sophomore. He possesses good strength, shows good pop on his throws from behind the plate and swings with power. Travinski has an 81 mph fastball when called upon on the mound, with decent curve ball.

One player LSU is tracking is uncommitted St. Augustine middle infielder Will Spears. The right-handed batter who takes short strides can hit to the opposite field. An outstanding student with 3.5 GPA, Spears sports slick hands and covers a lot of ground.

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Rene Nadeau

Rene Nadeau

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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…

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