Conrad, Robichaux, Leonards, Baranik, Plitt drafted on day three


The Tampa Bay Rays today selected UL second baseman Jace Conrad in the 13th round, No. 397 overall, on the final day of the three-day Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Five rounds later in the 18th, the Los Angeles Angels selected Ragin' Cajuns junior pitcher Austin Robichaux at No. 539 overall.

Following in the 21st round was UL senior third baseman Ryan Leonards, who went No. 618 overall to the Chicago White Sox.

In the 33rd round, UL pitcher Carson Baranik was selected No. 999 overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the 37th round, UL right-hander reliever Matt Plitt was taken by the Tampa Bay Rays. Plitt was 2-0 with five saves and a 3.67 ERA.

Conrad is a Lafayette High product who played on Lafayette's 2005 Williamsport Little League World Series team.

The junior is this year's Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, and he was recently named a first team Louisville Slugger All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

Conrad takes a .377 batting average and a team-high 65 RBIs into tonight's opening best-of-three NCAA Tournament Super Regional series against Ole Miss at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field.

Robichaux is UL's scheduled starter tonight vs. Rebels.

The product of Notre Dame High in Crowley is the son of Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux.

The righty has a 7-3 record and a 2.83 ERA this season, and he was the Sun Belt Preseason Pitcher of the Year.

Leonards, also a Notre Dame High product, is hitting .323 with 61 runs scored going into the Super Regional.

Baranik, who was UL's No. 2 weekend starter for most of the season and was the Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Year, was 11-1 with a 3.27 ERA in 99 innings of work.

Two Cajun teammates were taken on the draft's second day Friday: centerfielder Seth Harrison in the seventh round by the San Francisco Giants and left fielder Caleb Adams in the 10th round by the Angels.