How 2018 UL Baseball Players Fared In Pro Ranks
How did the four Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns taken in the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Players' Draft fare in their first year of professional baseball?
Left-handed pitcher Hogan Harris, who was selected in the third round by the Oakland A's did not pitch.
Selected by Oakland with the 85th-overall selection, Harris joined Blake Trahan (84th, Reds – 2015) and Darrin Babineaux (50th, Dodgers – 1995) as the highest Cajun selections since Tony Robichaux took over the program in 1995.
A prep standout at St. Thomas More, Harris notched a 12-4 record with a 2.87 ERA in three seasons with Louisiana, including a 5-2 record with a career-best 2.62 ERA over 58.1 innings pitched last season.
Right-handed pitcher Logan Stoelke was selected in the ninth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 264th overall pick.
A native of Houston, Texas, Stoelke had a nice start to his professional career, going 0-1 with a 1.59 ERA at West Virginia, in parts of two different seasons in both the New York-Penn League and Sally Atlantic League.
In 22.2 innings of work, Stoelke only allowed 4 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 35 batters.
Stoelke had a standout season as a senior in 2018 for Louisiana, notching a 4-0 record and 10 saves, to go along with a 2.97 ERA.
Right-handed pitcher Nick Lee was taken six picks after Stoelke, with the 270th selection of the 9th round, by the Tampa Bay Rays.
A native of Longville, La., Lee appeared in 9 games, including two starts for the Hudson Valley Renegades in the New York-Penn League, going 1-1 with a 9.42 ERA.
In 14 innings on the bump, Lee allowed 15 earned runs on 17 hits, while striking out 12 hitters.
Lee registered a 16-12 record with three saves in 51 appearances in three seasons with Louisiana. A 2016 Freshman All-American, Lee logged 197 strikeouts in 223.0 career innings while making double-digit starts in ever year.
Left-handed pitcher Colten Schmidt was the fourth and last Cajun to be taken in the draft, selected in the 23rd round by the Colorado Rockies.
A native of La Porte, Texas, Schmidt appeared in nine games for the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League, all as a reliever, allowing 12 runs on 17 hits, over 10 innings of work.
A second team All-America selection and the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year,, Schmidt had a banner year for Louisiana in 2018, posting a 7-0 record with a league-best 2.45 ERA.