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Baseball America Lists 3 Louisiana Players Among Top Draft Prospects

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Jace PetersonJace PetersonThree players from Louisiana are listed among Baseball America’s top 200 draft prospects. The magazine released their annual pre-draft list Wednesday.

The top in-state prospect is LSU outfielder Mikie Mahtook, who is ranked No. 21 on the list. Mahtook projects as a first-round pick and is the third-highest college position player in the Baseball America rankings, behind only Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon – the overall No. 1-ranked player – and Connecticut outfielder George Springer.

McNeese State shortstop Jace Peterson (pictured) ranks No. 71. The Lake Charles native is a two-sport star at McNeese – he plays strong safety on the football team.

Catholic High pitcher Aaron Nola is No. 163 on the list. Nola, who has already signed with LSU, is the younger brother of Tiger shortstop Austin Nola.

Other LSU out-of-state signees and commitments on the BA list include Irving, Texas, shortstop Trevor Story at No. 40; Warsaw, Mo., outfielder Johnny Eierman at No. 84; Hampton, Va., pitcher/outfielder Jake Cave at No. 182.

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