Coveted left-hander the fourth member of LSU’s 2014 signing class to leave the program
By JAMES MORAN
Tiger Rag Associate Editor
Jake Latz’s LSU career has come to an abrupt end.
LSU confirmed Friday night that the highly-touted lefty has decided to leave the baseball program. Kendell Rodgers of D1Baseball.com was the first to report Latz will transfer, though no destination has been reported.
“I was surprised today to learn of Jake Latz’s decision to transfer,” LSU coach Paul Mainieri said through a school release. “We’re disappointed that he has chosen to leave LSU, but we wish him well during the remainder of his career.”
Latz, a coveted southpaw out of Illinois, showed promise down the stretch this season after missing all of his first year on campus due to an elbow injury that eventually required surgery. He pitched to a 7.56 ERA in 8.1 innings of work across seven appearances (three starts).
He’s the fourth signee from LSU’s top-ranked 2014 signing class to leave the program, and the third coveted hurler. Alex Lange and Doug Norman remain from the group unofficially dubbed the ‘Fab Five.’
Lefty Mac Marshall transferred to a junior college back in the fall of 2014 and right-hander Jake Godfrey transferred prior to the 2015-16 season. Infielder Grayson Byrd left the program last summer, as well.