LSU’s Antoine Duplantis, Saul Garza selected on final day of MLB Draft

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Antoine Duplantis
(Photo: Jonathan Mailhes)

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU senior outfielder Antoine Duplantis and sophomore catcher Saul Garza were taken Wednesday on Day 3 of the 2019 MLB Draft.

Duplantis was chosen in the 12th round (pick No. 358) by the New York Mets. Garza was chosen in the 32nd round (pick No. 949) by the Kansas City Royals.

Duplantis, a native of Lafayette, La., is LSU’s all-time leader in hits (354), games played (267), at-bats (1,098) and triples (16).

A 2019 second-team All-SEC selection, he is batting .319 (86-for-270) this season with eight doubles, three triples, 11 homers, 64 RBI, 61 runs and six stolen bases.

Duplantis is No. 6 in the SEC in hits this season with 86 and he is No. 4 in RBI with 64. He has produced 26 RBI in LSU’s last 25 games.

Duplantis hit .357 (5-for-14) in the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional with three RBI and four runs scored, and he batted .304 (7-for-23) in the SEC Tournament with two doubles, one triple, three RBI and five runs.

He launched the game-winning three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning at Arkansas on May 11; the dinger erased a 2-0 deficit and lifted the Tigers to a 3-2 victory. The win ended the Tigers’ five-game losing streak, and beginning with that victory, LSU has won 10 of its last 13 games.

Duplantis hit .538 (7-for-13) in the Ole Miss series (May 3-5) with one double, one homer, six RBI and three runs. He was 5-for-6 in Game 3 of the Ole Miss series with one double, a three-run homer, five RBI and two runs scored.

He hit .563 (9-for-16) in the Florida series (April 18-20) with seven RBI and three runs scored, and he batted .583 (7-for-12) in three games at Mississippi State (March 28-30) with two homers, two RBI and six runs scored.

Saul Garza
(Photo: Jonathan Mailhes)

Garza, a product of Edinburg, Texas, was voted the Co-Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional after hitting .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, six RBI and three runs. He was named to the SEC All-Tournament Team after hitting .474 (9-for-19) with four doubles, one RBI and two runs.

On the year, he is hitting .309 (42-for-136) with 10 doubles, five homers, 27 RBI and 20 runs. Garza is batting .484 (15-for-31) in LSU’s eight postseason games (SEC & NCAA combined) with six doubles, seven RBI and five runs.

He has raised his batting average from .188 on April 23 to .309 entering the NCAA Super Regional. He is hitting .417 (30-for-72) since April 23 (20 games) with seven doubles, four homers, 15 RBI and 13 runs.

LSU Players Drafted
Josh Smith, SS Round 2 (67th selection) New York Yankees
Zach Watson, OF Round 3 (79th selection) Baltimore Orioles
Zack Hess, RHP Round 7 (202nd selection) Detroit Tigers
Todd Peterson, RHP Round 7 (213th selection) Washington Nationals
Antoine Duplantis, OF Round 12 (358th selection) New York Mets
Saul Garza, C Round 32 (949th selection) Kansas City Royals

LSU Signees Drafted
Daniel Espino, RHP (Georgia Premier Academy) Round 1 (24th selection) Cleveland Indians
Rece Hinds, SS (IMG Academy) Round 2 (49th selection) Cincinnati Reds
Jimmy Lewis, RHP (Lake Travis, Texas HS) Round 2 (78th selection) Los Angeles Dodgers
Christian Cairo, SS (Calvary Christian HS – Tampa, Fla.) Round 4 (130th selection) Cleveland Indians
Maurice Hampton, OF (Memphis Univ. School, Tenn.) Round 23 (683rd selection) San Diego Padres
Connor Phillips, RHP (Magnolia West HS, Texas) Round 35 (1047th selection) Toronto Blue Jays
Cade Doughty, INF (Denham Springs HS, La.) Round 39 (1162nd selection) Detroit Tigers

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