There have been a number of individuals from Lafayette, and the Acadiana area, that have played in Major League Baseball over the years.

Obviously, the entire state of Louisiana has produced even more.

As a matter of fact, 246 people born in the state of Louisiana have appeared in a Major League Baseball game, beginning in 1874, with John Peters of New Orleans, who played 11 years, with the likes of the Chicago White Stockings, Milwaukee Grays, Providence Grays, Buffalo Bisons, and Pittsburgh Alleghenys.

All summer, we’ll preview a player from the state of Louisiana that appeared in Major League baseball, starting with players from Lafayette, before spotlighting players from the Acadiana area, and then a few from the state itself.

Yesterday, we spotlighted Reggie Smith.

Today, we feature Pat Listach.

Born in Natchitoches in 1967, Listach, a switch-hitting shortstop/second baseman/outfielder, played parts of 6 seasons in Major League Baseball, with the Milwaukee Brewers (1992-1996) and the Houston Astros (1997).

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Listach made his Major League debut on April 8, 1992, at the age of 24, staling a base against the Minnesota Twins.

Listach went on to win American League Rookie of the Year honors for the Brewers in 1992, hitting a .290, to go along with one home, 47 runs batted in, and 54 stolen bases.

Unfortunately, Listach would never see that type of success again.

In 1993, his batting average slipped to a .244, before hitting .296 in only 54 at-bats in 1994.

Listach hit a .219 in 1995, before hitting a .240 in 1996, his final season with the Brewers.

1997 saw Listach move on to the Houston Astros, where he hit a .182, prior to retiring.

In parts of 6 seasons in Major League Baseball, Listach hit a .251, to go along with 5 homers, 143 RBI's, and 116 stolen bases.

Listach is currently a minor league manager for the Tacoma Rainiers.