Hometown Heroes 2017 Debut: Louisiana products in pro baseball

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Segedin, Goody called up; Buccholz out, Harris, Morrison, Miley, Vargas shine

Hometown HeroesAnother professional baseball season is in full swing, and products of Lousiana baseball at all levels are making their marks in the majors and minors.

Former Tulane star Rob Segedin was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City by the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday.

Segedin replaced pitcher Rich Hill on the active roster after Hill was placed on the 10-day disabled list with chronic blisters on his throwing hand.

Batting .324 with two doubles, two home runs and five RBI in nine games with Oklahoma City, Segedin has recorded five multi-hit games. He played 40 games with the Dodgers in 2016, batting .233 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 40 games.

Segedin got the start at first base Monday night for the Dodgers, going 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Also getting the call was former LSU reliever Nick Goody, who was brought up on Apr. 14 by Cleveland from Triple-A Columbus. With the Clippers, Goody had three scoreless outings. He debuted with the Indians against Detroit that evening and pitched two shutout innings with two strikeouts. Goody followed that up with another scoreless outing against the Twins Tuesday night, pitching one inning and striking out one.

Former McNeese State star Clay Buchholz has suffered a major blow, suffering an elbow injury which requires major surgery and he is expected to possibly miss the remainder of the season for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Buchholz made two starts for the Phillies and he was not right, allowing four runs in five innings in his first outing before being charged with six runs in 2 1/3 innings in his second start before departing the game with the injury. Buchholz has been plagued by injuries the past few seasons, previously with Boston.

Coming off of an All-Star season, former Slidell High and LSU standout Will Harris is off to a great start for Houston.

Harris has made five scoreless appearances out of  the Astros’ bullpen, allowing just two hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. In 2016, Harris had a breakthrough season, going 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 12 saves for Houston.

Northshore High alum Logan Morrison is off to a good start for Tampa Bay. Morrison is batting .304 with a double, three home runs and 10 RBI for the Rays.

Former Loranger and Southeastern Louisiana hurler Wade Miley is off to a good start with Baltimore. In two starts, Miley is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA. In 11 innings pitched, Miley has allowed just six hits, striking out 13.

After an injury plagued 2016 season, former LSU pitcher Jason Vargas is off to a stellar start for Kansas City.

Vargas has made two starts, winning both and has an 0.66 ERA, allowing just one run in 13.2 innings pitched. Vargas has given just 10 hits and has recorded 14 strikeouts.

At Triple-A Fresno (Houston Astros) of the Pacific Coast League, St. Amant’s Reid Brignac is off to a good start for the Grizzlies, batting .308 with one double, two home runs and eight RBI in 12 games.

Former Holy Cross and LSU pitcher Joe Broussard is on the rise. Broussard opened the season with Double-A Tulsa of the Texas League and earned a promotion to Triple-A Oklahoma City (Los Angeles Dodgers) of the Pacific Coast League. At Tulsa, he had four scoreless outings with two saves. His only appearance for the Dodgers was a scoreless one. Overall,  Broussard has five scoreless outings. In 7 1/3 innings, Broussard has allowed just three hits while striking out three.

Former Tulane pitcher Preston Claiborne is off to a good start at Triple-A Round Rock (Texas Rangers) of the Pacific Coast League. Claiborne is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in five appearances with two saves. In six innings, Claiborne has allowed just one earned run on three hits. He has walked none and struck out seven batters.

Former Jesuit and UNO standout Johnny Giavotella knows he has to hit his way back to the majors. He is doing just that for Norfolk (Baltimore Orioles) of the International League.

Giavotella has an eight-game hit streak (10-for-31 for .323) and is batting .327 with six doubles, one triple and six RBI for the Tides.

Slidell’s TJ House has two excellent outings for Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays) of the International League. House is 2-0 with a 0.77 ERA for the Bisons. In 11 2/3 innings, House has allowed just five hits, striking out 12.

Former Centenary pitcher James Hoyt has five scoreless outings for Fresno (Houston Astros) of the Pacific Coast League. Hoyt is 1-0 with a save. In five innings, he has allowed no runs on one hit, striking out eight.

At Double-A Chattanooga (Minnesota Twins) of the Southern League, former Northwestern State pitcher Mason Melotakis is off to a very good start. Melotakis is 1-0 with a perfect ERA and one save in four appearances for the Lookouts. In 5 2/3 innings, Melotakis has allowed three hits and struck out five.

Former Riverside and Southeastern Louisiana star Tate Scioneaux has posted four scoreless appearances for Altoona (Pittsburgh Pirates) of the Eastern League. Scioneaux is 2-0 with his perfect ERA. In 7 2/3 innings, Scioneaux has allowed six hits, striking out seven.

Your WOW stat of the week belongs to former St. Thomas More and LSU outfielder Andrew Stevenson. It is amazing to have a five-hit game at any level. Stevenson has two consecutive five-hit games for Harrisburg (Washington Nationals) of the Eastern League, going 10-for-12 in that stretch. Stevenson is batting .447 with four doubles and 11 RBI for the Senators.

At Class A Charleston (New York Yankees), former Louisiana Tech pitcher Phillip Diehl is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three appearances for the RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League. In 12 innings, Diehl has allowed 10 hits, striking out 11.

Former Tulane closer Ian Gibaut is throwing hard and well for Charlotte (Tampa Bay Rays) of the Florida State League. Gibaut is 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four appearances for the Stone Crabs with one save. In 7 1/3 innings, Gibaut has allowed just five hits, striking out 13.

Covington and Tulane product Randy LeBlanc has made two outstanding starts for Fort Myers (Minnesota Twins) of the Florida State League. LeBlanc has pitched two seven inning shutouts, allowing just eight hit while striking out 12 in going 1-0 for the Miracle.

Former St. Paul’s and Southeastern Louisiana pitcher Tanner Rainey has been as dominant as any pitcher at any level for Daytona (Cincinnati Reds) of the Florida State League. In five games, Rainey has not allowed a run or a hit and he has fanned 16 batters in just seven innings pitched for the Tortugas.

Former Tulane pitcher Trevor Simms is off to a good start for Visalia (Arizona Diamondbacks) of the California League. Simms is 1-0 with an 0.90 ERA in two appearances. In 10 innings, Simms has allowed just eight hit and has 11 strikeouts for the Rawhide.

In Mexico, former LSU slugger Matt Clark is hitting well for Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League. Clark is batting .344 with five doubles, five home runs and 24 RBI in just 16 games.

With the same team, former Crescent City Christian right-hander Chad Gaudin is pitching well, going 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in seven appearances with five saves in as many opportunities. In seven innings, Gaudin has allowed just six hits and has eight strikeouts.

Major Leagues
Alex Bregman—Astros (LSU) .245, 2 doubles, 2 stolen bases, 4 RBI
Clay Buchholz—Phillies (McNeese St.) 2G, 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 7.1 INN, 5 K’s (injured)
Danny Farquhar—Rays (UL Lafayette)  7G, 0-1, 3.52 ERA, 7.2 INN, 6 H, 3 ER, 7 K’s
Kevin Gausman—Orioles (LSU)  4G, 1-1, 7.23 ERA, 18.2 INN, 13 K’s
Nick Goody—Indians (LSU) 2G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 INN, 0 H, 3 K’s
Will Harris—Astros (Slidell, LSU)  5G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 5.2 INN, 2 H, 5 K’s
Aaron Hill—Giants (LSU) .150 (3-for-20), 1 HR, 2 RBI
Jacoby Jones—Tigers (LSU) .207 (6-for-29), 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Wade LeBlanc—Pirates (Barbe) 5G, 0-0, 3.72 ERA, 9.2 INN, 5 H, 2 K’s
DJ LeMahieu—Rockies (LSU) .264, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Aaron Loup—Blue Jays (Hahnville, Tulane) 6G, 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 4.2 INN, 8 K’s
Jonathan Lucroy—Rangers (UL Lafayette) .190, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Seth Lugo—Mets (Parkway, Centenary) 10-day DL
Mikie Mahtook—Tigers (St. Thomas More, LSU) .133 (2-for-15), 1 double, 1 RBI
Wade Miley–Orioles (Loranger, SLU)  2G, 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 11 INN, 6 H, 13 K’s
Logan Morrison—Rays (Northshore) .304, 1 double, 3 HR, 10 RBI
Aaron Nola—Phillies (Catholic, LSU)  2G, 1-0, 3.27 ERA, 11 INN, 13 K’s
Jace Peterson—Braves (Hamilton Christian, McNeese) .217 (5-for-23), 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI
Rob Segedin—Dodgers  (Tulane) 2G, .250 (1-for-4), 1 R
Ryan Schimpf–Padres (St. Paul’s, LSU) .128, 3 HR, 6 RBI
Stuart Turner—Reds (Eunice, LSU-E) 4G, .167 (2-for-12), 1 double, 1 RBI
Jason Vargas—Royals (LSU)  2 G, 2-0, 0.66 ERA, 13.2 INN, 10 H, 14 K’s
Taijuan Walker—Diamondbacks (Shreveport) 3G, 2-1, 3.94 ERA, 16 INN, 16 K’s
Rickie Weeks Jr.—Rays (Southern) .190 (4-for-21), 2 doubles, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Class AAA
Brian Bogusevic—Pawtucket (Tulane) 2G, .250 (2-for-8), 4 RBI (7-day D.L.)
Reid Brignac—Fresno (St. Amant) .308, 1 double, 2 HR, 8 RBI
Joe Broussard—Oklahoma City (Holy Cross, LSU)  5G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 SV, 7.1 INN, 3 H, 9 K’s
Wil Browning—Buffalo (ULM) 3G, 2-0, 5;40 ERA, 5 INN, 4 H, 5 K’s
Joey Butler—Syracuse (UNO) .267 (4-for-15), 1 double, 2 RBI
Garin Cecchini—Omaha (Barbe) .194, 2 doubles, 1 RBI
Gavin Cecchini—Las Vegas (Barbe) .271, 4 doubles, 2 HR, 7 RBI
J.T. Chargois—Twins (Sulphur)  Has not pitched
Preston Claiborne—Round Rock (Tulane) 5G, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 2 SV, 6 INN, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K’s
Louis Coleman—Louisville (LSU) 5G, 0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1 SV, 6.2 INN, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 K’s
Jose De Leon—Durham (Southern)  7-day DL
Johnny Giavotella—Norfolk (Jesuit, UNO) .327, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI
Chaz Hebert—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Breaux Bridge) 7-day DL
TJ House—Buffalo (Slidell) 2G, 2-0, 0.77 ERA, 11.2 INN, 5 H, 12 K’s
James Hoyt—Fresno (Centenary) 5G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 5 INN, 1 H, 8 K’s
Tyler Jones—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LSU) 3G, 0-1, 9.82 ERA, 3.2 INN, 3 K’s
Phil Maton—El Paso (Louisiana Tech) 5G, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 2 SV, 5 INN, 4 H, 6
Jim Miller—Rochester (ULM)  Has not pitched
Jared Mortensen—Fresno (LSU-S) 3G, 0-0, 13.50 ERA, 4.2 INN, 4 K’s
Alex Presley—Toledo (Neville) .146, 5 BB, 6 R
Nick Rumbelow—Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (LSU) 7-day DL
Jake Winston—Reno (Vidalia) 1G, 0-0, 9.00 ERA, 2 INN, 1 H
Josh Zeid—Memphis (Tulane)  2G, 0-1, 8.31 ERA, 8.2 INN, 10 K’s

Class AA
Caleb Adams—Mobile (UL Lafayette)  .244, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 3 RBI
James Dykstra—Frisco (LSU) 4G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.2 INN, 1 H, 9 K’s
Ryan Eades—Chattanooga (Northshore, LSU) 3G, 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6 INN, 2 H, 4 K’s
Brock Hebert—Arkansas (South Terrebonne, SLU)  .219, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Leon Landry—Pensacola (Baker, LSU)  .053 (1-for-19), 2 R
Tyler Mapes—Harrisburg (Tulane) 7-day DL
Mason Melotakis—Chattanooga (Northwestern St.) 4G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 5.2 INN, 3 H, 5 K’s
Austin Ross—Pensacola (Captain Shreve, LSU) 2G, 1-0, 1.29 ERA, 14 INN, 7 H, 6 K’s
Tate Scioneaux—Altoona (Riverside, SLU) 4G, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 7.2 INN, 6 H, 7 K’s
Kade Scivicque—Mississippi (LSU) .333, 2 doubles, 3 RBI
Andrew Stevenson—Harrisburg (St. Thomas More, LSU) .447, 4 doubles, 11 RBI
Blake Trahan—Pensacola (Kinder, UL Lafayette) .231, 1 double, 1 SB
Justin Williams—Montgomery (Terrebonne) .267, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Class A
Stephen Alemais—West Virginia (Tulane) .233, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 SB, 5 RBI
Grant Borne—Potomac (Catholic-BR, Nicholls) 2G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 7.2 INN, 5 H, 6 K’s
Tyler Bray—Palm Beach (ULM) 4G, 1-0, 3.18 ERA, 1 SV, 5.2 INN, 10 K’s
Eric Carter—Peoria (UL Lafayette) 4G, 1-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 INN, 5 H, 4 K’s
Chris Chinea—Palm Beach (LSU)  .256, 4 doubles, 1 HR, 7 RBI
Andro Cutura—Cedar Rapids (Pearl River, SLU) 7-day DL
Phillip Diehl—Charleston (LA Tech)  3G, 2-0, 3.00 ERA, 12 INN, 10 H, 11 K’s
Jameson Fisher—Kannapolis (Zachary, SLU) .318, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 9 RBI
Kaleb Fontenot—Hickory (Sacred Heart-VP, McNeese) 5G, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 INN, 5 H, 7 K’s
Jared Foster—Inland Empire (Barbe, LSU) .224, 1 triple, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Jake Fraley—Charlotte (LSU) .132, 1 HR, 5 RBI
Trent Giambrone—Myrtle Beach (Grace King) .267, 2 doubles, 2 HR, 4 RBI
Ian Gibaut—Charlotte (Tulane) 4G, 1-0, 2.45 ERA, 1 SV, 7.1 INN, 5 H, 13 K’s
Taylor Guilbeau—Potomac (Zachary) 3G, 0-0, 11.74 ERA, 7.2 INN, 11 K’s
Andrew Guillotte—Dunedin (Sam Houston, McNeese) .227, 3 doubles, 4 SB, 5 RBI
Conner Hale—Clinton (LSU) .175, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI
Nick Hartman—Lansing (LSU-Eunice) 7-day DL
Taylor Henry—Columbia (Airline, Centenary) 3G, 1-0, 3.52 ERA, 7.2 INN, 7 H, 5 K’s
Kyle Keller—Greensboro (Jesuit, SLU)  4G, 0-0, 3.60 ERA, 5 INN, 6 K’s
Randy LeBlanc—Fort Myers (Covington, Tulane) 2G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 14 INN, 8 H, 12 K’s
Tanner Rainey—Daytona (St. Paul’s, SLU) 5G, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 INN, 0 H, 16 K’s
Austin Robichaux—Inland Empire (Notre Dame, UL Lafayette)  Has not pitched
Ty Ross—San Jose (LSU) Restricted List
Colin Rodgers—Wilmington (Parkview Baptist) 3G, 0-0, 2.89 ERA, 9.1 INN, 8 H, 9 K’s
Jake Rogers—Quad Cities (Tulane) 270, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Trevor Simms—Visalia (Tulane) 2G, 1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10 INN, 8 H, 11 K’s
Jesse Stallings—Dayton (Grant, LSU)  4G, 0-0, 3.86 ERA, 4.2 INN, 6 K’s
Nick Thurman—Clinton (Belle Chasse, UL Lafayette) .389, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBI
Chase Vallot—Wilmington (St. Thomas More) .189, 3 doubles, 3 RBI
Jacob Waguespack—Clearwater (Dutchtown) 4G, 0-0, 4.50 ERA, 6 INN, 4 H, 7 K’s


Matt Clark—Acereros del Norte (LSU) .344, 5 doubles, 5 HR, 24 RBI
Chad Gaudin—Acereros del Norte (Crescent City) 7G, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 7 INN, 6 H, 8 K’s

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