BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU) Former LSU infielder Ryan Schimpf made his Major League Baseball debut Tuesday night with the San Diego Padres, recording a double in his first big-league at-bat against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park in San Diego. Schimpf, who started at third base and batted sixth, finished 1-for-4 in the game.
Schimpf, a native of Covington, La., played at LSU for three seasons (2007-09) and helped lead the Tigers to the 2009 College World Series title. He was the fifth-round selection of the Toronto Blue Jays in the ’09 MLB Draft.
San Diego selected Schimpf's contract from Triple-A El Paso, where he hit .355 this season with 15 home runs and led the Pacific Coast League in OPS, the sum of a player's on-base percentage and slugging average.
Schimpf was named to the 2009 College World Series team, as he batted .348 (8-for-23) with two doubles, three homers, seven RBI and eight runs. A second-team All-SEC selection, he batted .336 on the year with 19 doubles, one triple, 22 homers, 70 RBI, 73 runs and 18 stolen bases. His 22 homers represent the 10th-highest single-season total in LSU history.
In 2008, he batted a sizzling .419 (18-for-43) in LSU’s 13 postseason games with seven doubles, two triples, two homers, 15 RBI and 11 runs. He was the Tigers’ leading hitter in the NCAA Super Regional versus UC Irvine, batting .615 (8-for-13) with four doubles, one triple, two homers, six RBI and three runs.
Schimpf was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in interdisciplinary studies.
Schimpf is the 12th former LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues. The others are pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Aaron Nola, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, infielder DJ LeMahieu, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark.
LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 24 of the past 26 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 70 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history.
There are 11 former LSU players currently in the big leagues, including Schimpf, Coleman (Dodgers), Goody (Yankees), Nola (Phillies), Mahtook (Rays), Gausman (Orioles), Furbush (Mariners), LeMahieu (Rockies), Ranaudo (White Sox), infielder Aaron Hill (Brewers) and pitcher Will Harris (Astros).