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LSU Baseball Receives Commitment from Valuable Pitcher Through Transfer Portal

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball staff are once again on strike in the NCAA Transfer Portal after receiving a deal from right-handed pitcher Anthony Eyanson, the team announced late Wednesday night.

The UC-San Diego right tackle committed to the Tigers after an intensive portal process, with visits to Tennessee and Texas as well as LSU.

Now, after two seasons on the West Coast, he has stopped recruiting and announced his commitment to Johnson and Co.

Eyanson served as the Tritons’ Friday night starter in 2024 and finished the season with 82.0 innings pitched, 85 strikeouts and a 3.07 ERA. He is 6-2 on the year in 14 appearances.

After two seasons in San Diego, the California native made the move to enter the Transfer Portal with two seasons of eligibility remaining. He is not eligible for the MLB Draft until 2025, which is important for Johnson and the Tigers.

LSU has signed players in double-digit numbers this offseason, with the program looking for more talent in the coming weeks.

Eyanson becomes the seventh pitcher to sign after a critical period leading up to transferring to LSU.

A dive into deep portal hunting:

Shot Collecting (7):

Connor Benge: Dallas Baptist

Benge, who began his career at LSU-Eunice in 2023, transferred to Dallas Baptist for his sophomore season before electing to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal this offseason.

Now Baton Rouge will give Johnson and his team another powerful hitting arm for the 2025 season.

Benge has been hitting 97-98 mph and has given pitching coach Nate Yeskie a piece to work on this offseason.

Benge finished the season in 2024 with a 5.73 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 33.0 innings.

Jacob Mayers: Nicholls State

Mayers recorded a 4.58 ERA with 106 strikeouts on the season in 2024, but the area where he could improve will be in the walk category after walking 76 batters.

His command issues are a concern, but when he’s in a rhythm, Mayers is a dominant pitcher on the mound. He added impressive velocity while holding opponents’ batting averages to . 170 during his first two seasons at Nicholls State.

As a freshman in 2023, Mayers recorded a 2.02 ERA, 105 strikeouts and 58 walks en route to earning Freshman All-America honors.

Mayers has reached 95 mph on the mound with his impressive fastball and has also added a variety of off-speed pitches to his arsenal. He will be fun to watch this offseason as pitching coach Nate Yeskie gives Mayers the opportunity to become a consistent player in Baton Rouge.

Luke Hayden: Indiana State

Hayden, a right-handed pitcher who shined for the Sycamores in 2024, is headed to Baton Rouge with a chance to be a key relief pitcher for the Tigers next season.

Through the 2024 season, Hayden has 91 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched with a 3.81 ERA. The Indiana State star becomes the Tigers’ fifth addition in the last seven days, adding to their impressive Transfer Portal haul.

Johnson and his staff added two of Indiana State’s best players last season, Hayden and power hitter Luis Hernandez.

Chandler Dorsey: South Florida

The right-handed relief pitcher was the first commitment from Johnson and the Tigers after he announced his decision in June.

Dorsey announced his intention to leave South Florida after two years with the program.

Through the 2024 season, the valuable right-hander went 2-1 with a 3.60 ERA (12 ER/30.0 IP) with eight saves and a 1.20 WHIP. He also had 41 strikeouts on the season in his second year with the Bulls.

Zac Cowan: Wofford

The All-SoCon right-handed pitcher is 10-2 with 124 strikeouts and 29 walks in 110 innings pitched at Wofford this spring. Cowan also has a 3.35 ERA after devastating his opponents with the Terriers in the 2024 season.

This is another important addition to the pitching rotation as Johnson and his staff continue to work on their Transfer Portal evaluations.

Now, he’s adding a senior player who has proven he can compete at the highest level.

Cowan, one of the most popular transfers in the portal, will now go to Baton Rouge and will have the chance to play in the first 11 alongside many important names.

Cowan is LSU’s third transfer this offseason, joining South Florida right-handed pitcher Chandler Dorsey and Indiana State power hitter Luis Hernandez.

Deven Sheerin: Mount St. Mary’s Pitcher

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball roster remained popular in the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday night with the addition of Mount St. Mary’s Deven Sheerin.

The electric right-handed pitcher had a dominant first season in college baseball after devastating opponents in his freshman year.

Sheerin recorded a 4.76 ERA with 109 strikeouts, 32 walks, 10 HBP, and 37 earned runs in 70 innings pitched in 2024. The numbers speak for themselves, but Sheerin’s pitching arsenal has proven to be what makes him so deadly.

Even though he was only a freshman, his fastball reached 98 mph, while he usually hit 95 mph.

While this addition is an impressive development for Johnson and the Tigers, the real kicker here is that Sheerin won’t be eligible for the MLB Draft until 2026, meaning he’ll be in Baton Rouge for at least two seasons.

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