The Pitching Haul: LSU Baseball Bringing in Several Transfer Pitchers This Offseason

Jay Johnson and Co. continue making noise in the Transfer Portal, sit with double-digit commitments so far.
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Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball staff placed a point of emphasis on adding right-handed pitching to their arsenal this offseason after adding six new pitchers to the roster for the 2025 season.

Johnson and Co. were in need of depth to the bullpen while bringing in capable pitchers to compete for weekend starter duties.

Now, the staff has gone above and beyond with several immediate impact playrs set to make their way to Baton Rouge.

Although the program is set to see a few more moves made on the pitching front, the haul to this point is impressive.

The Pitching Haul:

Connor Benge: Dallas Baptist

Benge, who began his career at LSU-Eunice in 2023, made the move to Dallas Baptist for his second season before electing to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal this offseason.

Now, he's Baton Rouge bound to give Johnson and Co. another arm that can give impactful innings during the 2025 season.

Benge has topped out around the 97-98mph mark and gives pitching coach Nate Yeskie a piece to work this offseason.

In 2024, Benge ended the season with a 5.73 ERA and 35 strikeouts on the year in 33.0 innings of work.

Jacob Mayers: Nicholls State

In 2024, Mayers logged a 4.58 ERA with 106 strikeouts on the season, but his room for improvement will come in the walk category after walking a whopping 76 batters.

The command issues raise concerns, but when in a groove, Mayers is a dominant pitcher on the mound. He held his opponent batting averages to .170 over the course of his first two seasons with Nicholls State while adding impressive velocity.

As a freshman in 2023, Mayers recorded a 2.02 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 58 walks on his way to earning Freshman All-America honors.

Mayers has topped out at 95mph on the mound with his impressive fastball and has also added a variety of offspeed pitches to his arsenal. He'll be a fun one to monitor this offseason with pitching coach Nate Yeskie given an opportunity to make Mayers a consistent player in Baton Rouge.

Luke Hayden: Indiana State

Hayden, a right-handed pitcher who shined for the Sycamores in 2024, is Baton Rouge bound with a chance to become a pivotal relief pitcher for the Tigers next season.

During the 2024 season, Hayden tallied 91 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched with a 3.81 ERA. The Indiana State stud adds to the Tigers' impressive Transfer Portal haul, becoming the fifth addition in the last seven days.

Johnson and Co. have now reeled in Indiana State's top two players from a season ago in both Hayden and slugger Luis Hernandez.

Chandler Dorsey: South Florida

The right-handed reliever was the first commitment for Johnson and the Tigers back in June after revealing his decision.

Dorsey announced his intentions to depart South Florida after two years with the program.

During the 2024 season, the prized righty went 2-1 with eight saves and a 3.60 ERA (12 ER/30.0 IP) with a 1.20 WHIP. He also racked up 41 strikeouts on the season during year two with the Bulls.

Zac Cowan: Wofford

The All-SoCon right-handed pitcher went 10-2 with 124 strikeouts and 29 walks in 110 innings at Wofford this spring. Cowan also boasts a 3.35 ERA after dismantling opponents during the 2024 season with the Terriers.

It's another big-time addition to the pitching rotation for Johnson and Co. as he continues working through Transfer Portal evaluations.

Now, he brings in an ace who's proven he can compete at the highest level.

Cowan, who was one of the most sought-after transfers in the portal, will now head to Baton Rouge with the chance to earn a starting slot alongside several prominent arms.

Cowan is the third addition for LSU this offseason, joining South Florida right-handed pitcher Chandler Dorsey and Indiana State slugger Luis Hernandez.

Deven Sheerin: Mount St. Mary's Pitcher

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball staff remained hot in the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday night after adding a commitment from Mount St. Mary's Deven Sheerin.

The electric right-handed pitcher is fresh off of a dominant first season of college baseball after dismantling opponents in year one.

Sheerin logged a 4.76 ERA in 2024 with 109 strikeouts, 32 walks, 10 HBP and 37 earned runs in 70 innings pitched. The numbers speak for themselves, but Sheerin's arsenal pitches has proven to be what makes him so lethal.

As just a freshman, his fastball has been clocked at 98mph while hovering in the 95mph range routinely.

The addition is another impressive one for Johnson and the Tigers, but the key factor here is that Sheerin won't be eligible for the MLB Draft until 2026, meaning he'll be in Baton Rouge for at least two seasons.

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