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One of LSU baseball’s top additions from the transfer portal won’t be making it to Baton Rouge, after all.
Jack Pineda was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 12th round of the 2022 MLB draft on Tuesday, and The Advocate’s Leah Vann reported that he intends to sign.
Pineda was committed to transferring to LSU after two good years with the Baylor Bears. In two years in Waco, Pineda had a .313 batting average with 31 doubles, eight triples, 11 homers and 68 RBI.
— Leah Vann (@LVann_Sports) July 19, 2022
Pineda is 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, projecting as a middle infielder. He announced his commitment to LSU in June and was touted as one of the best players in the transfer portal, but according to D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers, a lot of teams had shied away from recruiting him because he told them he wanted to sign with a pro team.
Interesting. @LSUbaseball INF Jack Pineda goes in the 12th round to the @Royals. Some teams backed off of him in the portal because he indicated he wanted to sign. This would allude to that being the case for sure. #MLBDRAFT
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 19, 2022
With Pineda moving on, that’s yet another player who was committed to coach Jay Johnson that won’t ultimately make it to campus.