LSU baseball: What’s different about the Tigers as they begin the 2024 season

LSU baseball begins its College World Series title defense against the Virginia Military Institute this afternoon. Here’s what fans must know about the squad before the first pitch.

Jun 26, 2023; Omaha, NE, USA;  LSU Tigers pitcher Thatcher Hurd (26) throws against the Florida
Jun 26, 2023; Omaha, NE, USA; LSU Tigers pitcher Thatcher Hurd (26) throws against the Florida / Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports
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LSU baseball head coach Jay Johnson begins his third season in Baton Rouge this afternoon. Indeed, the skipper has a title to defend, but in doing such, he will rely on a lineup and pitching rotation that looks slightly different from last season.

And we’re talking about more than just uniform changes.

2023 superstars are gone

Dylan Crews will be remembered as one of the greatest college baseball players ever. The 2023 college baseball Golden Spikes Winner was undoubtedly a center of gravity for LSU’s championship-winning season. However, the outfielder is on his way to spring training with the Washington Nationals.

Paul Skenes, the Tigers’ ace of 2023, is also beginning his professional baseball career in 2024. Skenes was the first overall pick of the most recent MLB draft and now belongs to the Pittsburgh Pirates. We won’t wait long to see Skenes back on the mound, but sadly, his time in Baton Rouge is over.

In all, 13 members of LSU baseball’s championship-winning roster will debut professionally in 2024. Such includes first baseman Tre Morgan, second baseman Gavin Dugas, shortstop Jordan Thompson, outfielder Brayden Jobert, and pitchers Ty Floyd, Grant Taylor, Blake Money, and Riley Cooper.