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LSUS Pilots in the Major Leagues

by Peyton Rice

Have you ever wondered what happens after college for athletes? Or have you ever wondered what happened to your favorite LSUS Pilot baseball player?

Odds are they might be playing in Major League Baseball.

LSUS Pilot Baseball has been around for over 30 years. The men's team first came onto the sports scene in 1990 and began competition in 1991. 

Since then, the program has had 4 trips to the Avista-NAIA World Series and as many as 11 players have gone on to play professionally in the MLB.

Also, 24 former LSUS baseball players have continued play after graduation in Minor League Baseball and other minor leagues.

The most recent Pilot pro to be drafted is Jared West. The 23-year-old pitcher was drafted in 2015 by the Seattle Mariners in the 29th round.

West would go on to serve his professional baseball stint in Seattle’s minor league affiliate. During that time, he appeared in 14 games where he gathered 3 wins and an ERA of 0.00.

This year's Pilot baseball team came into the 2020 season ranked 12th in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

Since the start of the 2020 season, the Pilots have proved that they belong in the Top 25 Poll. The men’s team has posted a record of 10-1 and have not lost at home.

We look forward to seeing if this is the year that LSUS Pilot Baseball makes another run at the Avista-NAIA World Series Championship.