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Hometown hero watch

With Major League Baseball’s season a little more than two weeks old, it’s a good time to check in on which local players started the season in the majors and how they are faring so far.

Here’s a rundown on some of the 2021 major-league players who prepped or played collegiately in the New Orleans area and southeast Louisiana. The initial list of players is dominated by former LSU and Southeastern players. The list will grow as the season progresses and as minor-league play gets into full swing.

It appears most of the players are still shaking off rust from the off-season. Injuries and illnesses have already taken their toll on four of the players who are on the MLB disabled list. The stats below are through games on Friday, April 16.

Alex Bregman (LSU) is currently on the 10-day injured list for Covid for the third-place Houston Astros. He started the season with four multi-hit games. He has hit two home runs and 9 RBI and has a slash line of .286/.342/.486.

Jake Fraley (LSU) is also on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring problem for the Seattle Mariners, after playing in their first five games. The outfielder had eight walks in his first 19 plate appearances, contributing to a .526 on-base percentage.

Kevin Gausman (LSU) drew the Opening Day starting assignment for the San Francisco Giants. He gave up only two hits in 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision effort. After 19 2/3 innings in three starts, he has a 3.20 ERA and still has no decisions for the surprising second-place Giants.

Will Harris (Slidell HS, LSU) started the season on the injured list for the Washington Nationals. The right-handed relief pitcher participated in spring training but developed a blood clot in this right arm.

Jacoby Jones (LSU) has gotten off to a slow start in his sixth season with the Detroit Tigers. He has only one extra-base hit and a .120 average in eight games. He has been platooning in the outfield for new manager AJ Hinch.

DJ LeMahieu (LSU) inked a lucrative four-year extension with the New York Yankees over the winter. He is third in batting average (.271) for the team and continues to produce a high on-base percentage. Last year he led the American League in both categories.

Aaron Loup (Hahnville HS, Tulane) signed with the New York Mets over the winter to bolster their bullpen, after pitching in the World Series with Tampa Bay last year. He’s made two relief appearances with the Mets.

Wade Miley (Loranger, Southeastern) is in his second season with the Cincinnati Reds. He posted wins in his first two starts of the season, not allowing any runs in each appearance.

Aaron Nola (Baton Rouge, LSU) headlines the Phillies starting rotation again. But he has only one quality start in his first three appearances this season. His record is 0-1 with a 3.45 ERA.

Austin Nola (Baton Rouge, LSU) fractured his finger in spring training and has yet to play for the San Diego Padres this year.

Tanner Rainey (St. Paul’s HS, Southeastern) had two rough relief outings in his first two appearances with the Washington Nationals. He has pitched in four games so far, and his current ERA is still elevated at 10.80.

Mac Sceroler (Denham Springs, Southeastern) had an impressive major-league debut on April 5 when he pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings for the Baltimore Orioles. He recently went on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder problem.

Andrew Stevenson (Lafayette, LSU) is hitting .227 with one home run and three RBIs in 10 games. His home run on April 12 came in a pinch-hit appearance against St. Louis.

Justin Williams (Terrebone HS) has been a starting outfielder in nine games for the St. Louis Cardinals. His best outing came on April 13, when he got two hits and three RBIs. He is batting .207 for the season, with one home run and five RBIs.

Other local major leaguers who are starting out the 2021 season in the minors include Kyle Keller (Jesuit, Southeastern), Jake Rogers (Tulane), Mikie Mahtook (LSU), and Nick Goody (LSU).

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