Cubs call up Theriot

Infielder Ryan Theriot was promoted to the Chicago Cubs late Sunday, becoming the 12th former LSU player to be activated at the major league level this season.

Theriot, 25, a Baton Rouge native, will be in uniform tonight when the Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

Theriot, the 2005 Most Valuable Player for the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx – the Cubs' AA affiliate -- batted .304 with 28 doubles and 53 RBI this season, becoming just the third player in Jaxx history to hit .300 or better for an entire season.

The Diamond Jaxx received infielder Carlos Rojas to replace Theriot on the roster. Rojas batted .244 this season for high-A Daytona.

Theriot was the Cubs' third-round draft selection in 2001 after enjoying a stellar three-year career at LSU in which he started 201 games at second base and shortstop. He scored the winning run in the 2000 College World Series championship game, racing home from second base on catcher Brad Cresse's ninth-inning single against Stanford.

Theriot earned 2001 second-team all-SEC recognition at shortstop after hitting a career-best .353 (94-for-266) with 18 doubles, three triples, one homer, 48 RBI, 67 runs and 17 steals.

Three other former LSU players made their major league debuts in 2005 – infielder Aaron Hill of the Toronto Blue Jays, infielder Mike Fontenot of the Chicago Cubs and catcher Ryan Jorgensen of the Florida Marlins.

Other ex-LSU players who have seen MLB action this season include pitchers Paul Byrd (Los Angeles Angels), Russ Springer (Houston Astros), Randy Keisler (Cincinnati Reds) and Brian Tallet (Cleveland Indians); infielders Todd Walker (Chicago Cubs) and Russ Johnson (New York Yankees); and outfielders Brad Hawpe (Colorado Rockies) and Todd Linden (San Francisco Giants).

LSU has produced 51 major league baseball players in its history, including 37 since 1985.

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