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LSU catcher Brady Neal enters NCAA Transfer Portal

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Sophomore catcher Brady Neal has entered the transfer portal, per reports on Monday afternoon, leaving LSU after two years of seeing rotated action behind the plate. Injuries plagued his two seasons in Baton Rouge after promising starts. As a freshman, h started the year, but played just 26 games with a back injury. As a sophomore, a shoulder injury kept him sidelined for a bit, limiting him to 44 games.

He had 116 at-bats this past season and batted .276 with eight doubles and nine home runs, making for an impressive .578 slugging percentage, however, he also had 35 strikeouts.

LSU’s catcher position is now wide open as the summer rolls along. Junior college transfer Blaise Priester will be in contention to start at that spot as a young prospect who was a junior college All-American last year. Also, LSU has signed Cade Arrambide, out of Tomball, Texas who is one of the best catchers in the 2024 class, but he’ll have the decision to come to LSU or go pro after the MLB Draft.

LSU transfer departures so far

June 3: Frosh. IF Austin Rellig – The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native redshirted this season.

June 3: Frosh. OF Derrick Mitchell – The Plano, Texas native redshirted this season.

June 4: Soph. RHP Micah Bucknam – Bucknam made eight appearances out of the bullpen with an ERA of 7.00. He notched 10 strikeouts and three walks in nine total innings. On 12 hits, he gave up seven earned runs. He thanked the program for the past two years.

June 5: Soph. RHP Aiden Moffett – In 16 appearances, Moffett threw 17.2 innings and allowed 18 hits, 11 runs, and 12 walks to 21 strikeouts.

June 8: Frosh. LHP Cam Johnson – Johnson made 13 appearances with nine innings pitched. Johnson allowed five hits, but 16 walks and 12 earned runs to go with 13 strikeouts.

June 8: RS Frosh. LHP Nic Bronzini – Bronzini threw 4.2 innings this year after redshirting his first year on campus in 2023.

June 9: RS Frosh. OF Zeb Ruddell – Took a redshirt Year 1 at LSU. He went 2-for-10 at the plate with one double and a home run in 2024.

June 10: Jr. RHP Samuel Dutton – Dutton appeared in 57 games and made 15 starts over the last three seasons.

June 11: So. OF Paxton Kling – Kling started 61 games in his two years at LSU. In 2024, he bated .222 with one home run and nine doubles to 43 strikeouts.

June 16: Sr. LHP Javen Coleman – Coleman spent four years at LSU and was a key part of the bullpen for the Tigers both in the national championship run and in the 2024 season. He started seven games, appearing in 12 total, with a 5.19 ERA in 2024.

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