LSU right-hander Cole McKay to leave the baseball program

By JAMES MORAN | Tiger Rag Associate Editor

A once highly-sought after power arm is leaving the LSU baseball program.

Sophomore right-hander Cole McKay, a former blue chip signee out of Texas, is leaving the program, a source confirmed to Tiger Rag. LSU coach Paul Mainieri late told Tiger Rag that McKay will transfer to a junior college.

“We wish him well,” the coach said.

McKay hasn’t pitched this season while rehabbing from an offseason arm surgery. He pitched to a 0-1 record and 6.75 ERA in eight innings of work last season with 11 walks and 12 strikeouts. He was a 30th round selection of the Detroit Tigers in 2015 but opted to go the college route.

In his most promising outing, a start against UL-Lafayette in the Wally Pontiff Classic, he struck out five in two innings of work. He battled inconsistent command throughout his rookie season.

Listed at 6 foot 5 and 219 pounds with a fastball clocked in the mid-90s, McKay was a high school All-American coming out of Smithson Valley HS. However, that velocity appeared down significantly once he arrived on LSU.

This latest departure leaves LSU with a roster of just 33 eligible players, and two of which, Doug Norman (Tommy John) and Bryce Jordan (Knee), are out for the season.

About James Moran 1313 Articles
James Moran was named Editor of Tiger Rag in August 2018. He previously served as the associate editor since 2014. He covers LSU football and baseball and is a graduate of the LSU Manship School of Journalism.

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