San Diego selected Poche’ in the 14th round of MLB Draft
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
LSU’s one-two punch will be back on the bump for 2017.
Left-hander Jared Poche’ will return to school for his senior season instead of signing professionally, Paul Mainieri confirmed via text Wednesday. San Diego selected the three-year rotation stalwart in the 14th round of last month’s MLB Draft.
Poche’ confirmed the news through a tweet shortly after. A source told Tiger Rag the southpaw has a dollar amount in his head heading into the negotiations, and the Padres were unable to meet it.
— Jared Poche (@Jared_Poche) July 13, 2016
With Poche’ returning to tag team with Alex Lange, LSU now returns its top two starters, its primary closer, Hunter Newman, and eight of nine everyday starting position players. The Tiger coaching staff also remains intact after Andy Cannizaro interviewed for the Tulane head coaching vacancy eventually filled by Travis Jewett.
Heading into 2017, Poche’ sits just 11 victories behind Scott Schultz for the most in program history. Poche’ went 9-4 with a 3.35 ERA last season over 102 innings of work.