Four Names Off the Board

The opening day of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft left a mark on the LSU program, seeing Anthony Ranaudo, two high school signees and one two-sport commitment taken in the first 50 picks.

The irony behind LSU's involvement in Monday's MLB Draft is that one of the biggest worries for head coach Paul Mainieri wasn't even one of his current players or signees.

Zach Lee, who signed on with head coach Les Miles and the LSU football program last February in hopes of playing both sports in Baton Rouge, was also on the mind of Miles, offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, and, evidently, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lee was the No. 28 overall pick, a surprise in baseball circles being that the two-sport athlete is considered to be a tough sign.

With Lee reported to be seeking a bonus in excess of $3 million, the Dodger front office won't be let off easy if Lee opts for the college route and the draft selection proves to be a waste.

That means that between now and the Aug. 16 deadline for picks to sign, the LSU side will be watching L.A.'s every move.

"People can think what they want, he was the best talent available and I want to sign him, absolutely," said Logan White, assistant general manager of scouting, in a release on the team's website.

"I didn't take Zach to not sign him. You'll see as the summer goes along we'll make every effort to sign him, and I want to sign him. I know it won't be easy, but hopefully we'll get it done."

Cameron Bedrosian, the son of 1987 N.L. Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian, was selected one pick later by the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander, who posted a 1.44 ERA with 111 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched, graduated from East Coweta High in Sharpsburg, Ga.

Another son of a former MLB talent, Woodward Academy outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., was the first Tiger signee off the board, taken by the Houston Astros with the No. 8 overall selection.

As for those already dressed in purple and gold, ace Anthony Ranaudo was the lone name called, drafted with the No. 39 pick by the Boston Red Sox.

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound right-hander, whose elbow injury forced him to be sidelined for more than a month of the 2010 season, finished the year with a 5-3 record and 7.32 ERA in 51 and 2/3 innings. Ranaudo has one year of college eligibility remaining.

The draft will continue on Tuesday and be completed on Wednesday.


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