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Where LSU baseball players commit to project to enter 2024 MLB Draft

The 2024 MLB Draft is just a few days away, and things are set to get heated in Forth Worth, Texas, on Sunday night (6 p.m., CT, ESPN).

All 30 MLB teams will participate in a 20-round draft that will run over three days from Sunday to Tuesday, where they will select their team’s next potential stars. The first two rounds begin Sunday night. Rounds 3 through 10 will make up Day 2 before the MLB Draft closes with rounds 11 through 20 on Day 3 (Tuesday).

As is the case every year, LSU baseball features a slew of current players as well as players committed to the program who are projected to be selected throughout the 20th round. Last year, the Tigers had a historic MLB Draft where they selected a total of 13 players, led by pitcher Paul Skenes and outfielder Dylan Crews, who went No. 1 and No. 2 to the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals, respectively.

Here’s what things will look like for LSU players in the 2024 MLB Draft: Here’s what the latest mock drafts and projections say.

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Konnor Griffin, LSU baseball commit

The Jackson Prep (Flowood, Mississippi) standout has been committed to LSU since December 2022. Griffin is expected to play center field in the league, and many experts believe he is the top high school prospect in the 2024 MLB Draft.

MLB.com: 11th overall by the Detroit Tigers

Tribune Report: 9th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates

CBS Sports: 12th overall by the Boston Red Sox

America Today: 9th overall by the Pittsburgh Pirates

European Radio: 10th overall by the Washington Nationals

Cam Caminiti, LSU baseball commit

The left-handed star pitcher from Saguaro (Scottsdale, Ariz.) High School is considered by most analysts to be the second-best high school player in this year’s draft and has committed to LSU baseball. The cousin of former National League MVP Ken Caminiti of the San Diego Padres, Caminiti has a 96+ mph fastball and had 119 strikeouts in 52⅔ in his senior season.

MLB.com: 13th overall by the San Francisco Giants

Tribune Report: 11th overall by the Detroit Tigers

CBS Sports: 11th overall by the Detroit Tigers

America Today: 11th overall by the Detroit Tigers

European Radio: 11th overall by the Detroit Tigers

William Schmidt, LSU baseball commit

The hometown boy, the Catholic-Baton Rouge star pitcher looks to be one of the top two high school arms in the 2024 MLB Draft. The LSU-bound forward is right-handed, and clubs are wary of taking high school right-handers, but Schmidt’s mix of fastball, curveball and off-speed, and his size (6-4, 180) have teams loving his potential.

MLB.com: 23rd overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers

Tribune Report: 23rd overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers

CBS Sports: 24th overall by the Atlanta Braves

America Today: Not expected to be in the first round

European Radio: Ranked 36th overall by the Cleveland Guardians (Competitive Balance Round A)

Tommy White, LSU baseball’s third baseman

White was LSU’s power hitter the past two seasons, hitting 24 home runs in each of his two seasons in Baton Rouge. He is the best prospect for Jay Johnson and the Tigers among all LSU draftees. During his college career, White has a .355 average with 75 home runs and 249 RBIs.

MLB.com: 27th overall by the Philadelphia Phillies

Tribune Report: 26th overall by the New York Yankees

CBS Sports: Not expected to be in the first round

America Today: 18th overall by the Tampa Bay Rays

European Radio: 30th overall by the Texas Rangers

Luke Holman, LSU baseball pitcher

MLB.com projects Holman to go off the board in the first two rounds of the 2024 MLB Draft. The biggest selling point for the right-hander is his pitching dominance and rankings, as well as his pitching experience in the SEC.

Gage Jump, LSU baseball pitcher

Jump was an 18th-round draft pick out of high school by the Padres in 2021 but chose to attend UCLA. The left-hander had Tommy John, missed the 2023 season before transferring to LSU last season but has returned to his pre-injury levels. He could be a top-3 pick, according to MLB.com.

Cade Arrambide, LSU baseball commit

According to MLB.com’s analysis of the high school catcher, Arrambide could go in the first three rounds of the 2024 MLB Draft. The Tomball, Texas native has one of the stronger arms behind the plate in the draft, and when combined with his hitting, Arrambide is an attractive prospect.

Derek Curiel, LSU baseball commit

The Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.) star is rated as the 117th overall prospect in this year’s MLB Draft. Curiel is LSU-bound and his left-handed bat is attractive to MLB clubs.

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Jared Jones, LSU freshman baseball player

Jones put on a show at the MLB Draft Combine last month, setting off fireworks with his hitting power. His declining strikeout rate and performance last season made him the 119th overall player in the draft.

Griffin Herring, LSU baseball pitcher

Herring is the 157th overall pick in the 2024 MLB Draft, according to MLB.com. The left-hander has the potential to start in the Major Leagues but did not fill that role in college. Johnson said Herring would start on weekends next season if he chooses to return to Baton Rouge.

Cory Diaz covers the LSU Tigers for The Daily Advertiser as part of the USA TODAY Network. Follow his Tigers coverage on Twitter: @ByCoryDiaz. Have questions about LSU athletics? Send them to Cory Diaz at: [email protected].