The CBB continues our countdown to the 2009 College Baseball season with our Top 50 players to watch. We will be providing one player each day (Monday-Saturday) until we reach number 1.
We continue our list with sophomore shortstop D.J. LeMahieu from Louisiana State University. He is from Bloomfield Hills Michigan where he attended Brother Rice High School where he picked up High School All-American honors from Louisville Slugger and Rawlings. He ended up being named the 2006 and 2007 Player of the Year for the state of Michigan by both Gatorade and Louisville Slugger. The Detroit Tigers ended up picking LeMahieu out of High School in the 41st round but he decided to head down to Baton Rouge to play for Paul Mainieri.
D.J. stepped right into the everyday lineup for the LSU Tigers in 2008 playing in 68 games with 67 starts. He finished third on the team with a .327 average. He also had six homers and 44 RBI on the year. He was solid on the base paths where he had ten stolen bases in eleven attempts. He struggled in his freshman campaign committing 22 errors for a fielding percentage of .933.
He spent the summer with the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod League where he finished the year with a .290 average with one homer and 13 RBI. He was selected to the CCBL All-Star game that took place on July 26th where he went 1-2 with a run scored. (We attended the game and you can read our full report by clicking here.) Baseball America rated him the sixth best prospect in the CCBL which seems about right to me.
You can check out the full top 50 by clicking here.