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|Louisiana flavor in MLB draft|
The University of Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana Tech and LSU were all well represented in the first-rear draft held by Major League Baseball last week.
ULM shortstop Ben Soignier, a three-time All-American, was selected in the draft after being a 22nd round pick of the New York Yankees.
Soignier batted .376 with 22 doubles, 71 RBIs and 46 walks. Soignier also leaves Monroe as the all-time leader in ULM history in hits (296), total bases (478), doubles (63), and at-bats (837).
The two-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection could become just the second Louisiana native in recent history to suit up for the storied New York franchise after Carencro native Ron Guidry pitched for the pinstripes in the 1970s.
The Baltimore Orioles selected ULM pitcher Justin Anderson who picked up a win in the SBC tournament for the Warhawks later
Just down the interstate, at Louisiana Tech, the Cleveland Indians picked Chris Kersten in the 39th round of the draft.
The Chicago White Sox made the highest selection of a Louisiana player with a first round pick of LSU outfielder Jared Mitchell.
Mitchell is the first LSU Tiger taken in the MLB draft's opening round since infielder Aaron Hill was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2003.
The Chicago Cubs next selected D.J. LeMahieu in the second round, 79th overall. LeMahieu moved from shortstop to second base in the middle of the year and improved the LSU defense.
LeMahieu impressed Major League scouts with his ability to play multiple positions and be patient at the plate while batting a team-best .350 average, 12 doubles and 40 RBI. The RBI total ranked LeMahieu fourth on the team in that category.
Four LSU players were selected Wednesday during the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft. MLB conducted Rounds 4-30 on Wednesday after completing the first three rounds on Tuesday. The draft concludes on Thursday with Rounds 31-50.
The LSU players selected Wednesday included pitcher Louis Coleman (5th round, Kansas City Royals); outfielder/infielder Ryan Schimpf (5th round, Toronto Blue Jays); outfielder Blake Dean (10th round, Minnesota Twins); and first baseman/catcher Sean Ochinko (11th round, Toronto Blue Jays).
Coleman was the Southeastern Conference pitcher of the year in 2009 after leading LSU in wins and strikeouts this season.