LSU third baseman Christian Ibarra got his draft call Saturday. The Pittsburgh Pirates picked the junior in the 32nd round, likely too late to lure him away.
A junior-college transfer from Rio Hondo College, Ibarra has been a surprise for the Tigers. He has been a mainstay at the hot corner and is batting .321 - this is the first time his average has dipped under .325 since the SEC season began.
Ibarra is tied for the team lead with 17 doubles and has also slammed 6 home runs and driven in 39 runs.
Another LSU signee went in the 34th round: Right-handed pitcher Parker Bugg from the San Diego area.
A slender 6-foot-6, 200-pounder, Bugg was 5-1 this spring at Rancho Bernado High, with a 0.90 ERA, 39 strikeouts and 7 walks in 39 innings. He didn't appear in a game after April 11.