Cajuns’ Baseball 2018 Preview – The Outfield and DH
The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns open the 2018 season this Friday at Texas. This is part two of a three part series previewing Tony Robichaux's team. Today: The outfield and DH.
In 2018, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns could send out three names fans are familiar with.
There are candidates galore for the three outfield positions, and you'll probably see several different combinations, especially early in the season.
Much of that will be decided on where Kennon Fontenot winds up.
Fontenot started in left field for the Cajuns a year ago and became a very good defensive outfielder. Fontenot swung the bat well last year and he's going to be in the lineup. But he could wind up at second or third base. If he winds up in the infield, that opens things up for some promising newcomers.
Todd Lott, who spent the season primarily as the Cajuns' designated hitter last season, could be in that position again. Or, he could be in left field. Lott had some good and not so good moments last year, hitting .266 with one homer and 17 RBI. He needs to cut down on his strikeouts, but should be a better hitter this season, simply by having a year of Division I baseball under his belt.
Zach Lafleur hit .292 in sixteen starts after Ishmael Edwards was lost for the season due to an injury. Lafleur is good defensively and can run...he stole ten bases in 13 attempts last season. Logan Stoelke batted .176 in limited duty last year, but he is going to be in the mix as well. Stoelke will also be used out of the bullpen as a pitcher for Robichaux.
But there's a possibility the outfield could be manned by newcomers.
The best of the bunch appears to be Gavin Bourgeois. The LSU-E product out of Notre Dame HS is a prototypical leadoff hitter. He puts the ball in play and he can really run. Another JUCO transfer, Daniel Lahare from Delgado CC is another one the coaches are keeping an eye on. Freshman Jansen Fontenot, from the same home town and high school as pitcher Nick Lee, has turned some heads in the preseason as well.
Then there's Brennan Breaux. The former STM and LSU product is waiting for his appeal from the NCAA to see if he will be eligible in 2018. If he is, there's a good chance he'll be starting.
All of the above are DH candidates. And, you can add infielders Tremaine Spears, Tyler Stover and O'Neal Lochridge to that mix as well.
There's a good chance you may see this lineup change almost game to game for the first month of the season as the Cajuns wait for the three players to separate themselves from the others.