MLB Draft: LSU junior Zach Watson taken by Orioles at top of third round

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Zach Watson, LSU vs. Southern
(Photo: Jonathan Mailhes)

BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU junior centerfielder Zach Watson was selected Tuesday on Day 2 of the 2019 MLB Draft. Watson was selected in the third round (pick No. 79) by the Baltimore Orioles.

Watson, a product of Ruston, La., hit two homers and drove in seven runs in three games last week to help lead LSU to the NCAA Baton Rouge Regional title. He is batting .310 (71-for-229) this season with 17 doubles, seven homers, 41 RBI, 52 runs and 11 stolen bases.

Watson hit .429 (6-for-14) in the Texas A&M series (April 5-6) with two doubles, one homer, four RBI and four runs. He tied his career high with four hits in Game 3 against the Aggies while providing two doubles, one homer, three RBI and three runs scored.

He posted a 10-game hit streak from March 9-24, batting .450 (18-for-40) in that span with four doubles, two homers, 10 RBI, 12 runs.

In LSU’s three-game sweep of Kentucky (March 16-17), Watson hit .615 (8-for-13) with one double, one homer, six RBI and eight runs scored. In the Tigers’ Game 2 win over Kentucky (March 16), he tied his career high with four hits, as he was 4-for-4 at the plate with one double, one homer, five RBI and four runs.

Watson, a three-year starter for LSU in center field, hit .280 in 14 games last summer as a member of the U.S. Collegiate National Team with two doubles, one homer, three RBI and a team-best seven runs scored.

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