Sensley Says No to Tampa Bay; WIll Be a Cajun
Back in late May, Louisiana baseball coach Tony Robichaux looked at all his draft eligible players and stated if all of them made it to school, it would be a minor miracle.
Well, miracles happen.
The last piece of the UL puzzle fell into place when 1B/OF Steven Sensley of LSU-Eunice decided to spurn an offer from Tampa Bay and become a member of the Ragin Cajuns, according to an article in theadvocate.com by Luke Johnson.
Sensley was a first team NCJAA II All-American after batting .374 with 21 homers and 80 RBI. He also stole 38 bases. He was drafted in the 38th round by the Rays.
Despite being drafted in the 38th round, Sensley made it clear during the spring and again after the draft that he was looking for fifth round money. Tampa told him they would be unable to meet that figure, believed to be in the vicinity of $350.000.
Sensley, who redshirted in 2014, will enter UL as a sophomore, but will be eligible for the draft again after the 2016 season.
It is believed the Cajuns Robichaux feared losing all were asking bonuses that MLB teams were unwilling to pay. Current Cajuns Stefan Trosclair, Nick Thurman and Kyle Clement were not drafted. Pitchers Nick Lee (South Beauregard HS) and Hogan Harris (St. Thomas More) along with catcher Ryne Ray (Evangel HS) went undrafted.
The only player with eligibility remaining that signed a professional contract was junior shortstop Blake Trahan, who was selected in the third round by CIncinnati.