For the LSU baseball historians, mention the name Blinn Junior College and a smile immediately comes to their face.
That’s where former Tigers infielder and first-round draft pick Brandon Larson prepped before coming to Baton Rouge, smacking 40 home runs and helping LSU to the 1997 National Championship.
The current LSU coaching staff hopes it has struck gold again with the commitment of middle infielder Tanner Reaves.
(self scouting report) “I’m most comfortable and the coaching staff really is projecting me at second base. I like to think of myself as a quick and mobile guy in the field with good hands with a good arm.
“At the plate I can spray the ball all over the field with a little bit of power. I work counts pretty well and I sit on fastballs early in counts. I don’t strike out a lot. I put the ball in play a lot with two strikes and I have good speed on the bases.”
Blessed to announce my commitment to Louisiana State University to continue my baseball career! I want to thank the @BlinnBaseball coaching staff for everything they have done for me and my career! #GeauxTigers @LSUCoachJ @CoachJordan2 @DustyHart @WadeRegas21 @zacsenf pic.twitter.com/7bYwlsRNEP— Tanner Reaves (@tanner_reaves) March 13, 2023
The 6-0, 180-pound left-handed middle infielder is 10th overall verbal commitment for the 2025 class for the Tigers and the third infielder. Blinn is having a very productive 2023 season at the plate for the Bucs. Through April 14, he is hitting .437 with 11 home runs, 62 RBI and 13 stolen bases.
“LSU was actually my first offer and I got it back in early March,” he said. “To that point, I had also been hearing from the University of Houston.
“When I got the LSU offer I just knew it was time. You are talking about one of the best baseball programs in the country and some of the best facilities in the country. When I made my visit to Baton Rouge, I was just blown away. It was incredible. I got to watch a game in person, just the perfect fit.”
Reaves went into a little further detail on why the coaching staff was so insistent on him becoming a Tiger.
“One of the things we talked about the most was how much they wanted a left-handed swinging infielder,” he said. “They were really impressed with my ability to handle the bat.”