DETROIT -- As Louisana State University right-handed reliever Will LaMarche readies to face Oklahoma in this weekend's NCAA Super Regional, he already received good news when the Tigers made him their ninth-round selection (276th overall) in the First-Year Player Draft on Friday.
LaMarche's fastball sits in the mid-90s and topped out at 97 mph last summer. He was selected in the 18th round in last year's Draft by the Twins, after playing at Chabot Community College in Hayward, Calif. First, he spent a redshirt season as a freshman at Long Beach State and transferred after missing his sophomore season due to Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Opposing hitters are hitting .221 against the 21-year-old pitcher in 23 relief appearances. He's also struck out 24 hitters in 24 2/3 innings.
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