LSU Baseball dominates the transfer portal market, more transfers are planned

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball team are successful in the transfer portal market after securing commitment No. 9 on Wednesday.

With the signing of Incarnate Word hitter Dalton Beck, the Tigers have nearly double-digit additions through the portal, and there are more to come.

Johnson and Co. have used the portal to their advantage after bringing in some much-needed reinforcements for the mound, but there are still position groups where there is a need.

LSU will desperately need reinforcements in the infield as it continues to restructure its roster, especially at shortstop and third base.

Currently, the portal haul includes nine new members who have the chance to make an immediate impact in Baton Rouge.

Learn more about LSU's Transfer Portal Haul and what they offer the program.

The additions (9):

Dalton Beck: Word Incarnate

The coveted outfielder/left-handed pitcher was a sought-after commodity with the Tennessee Volunteers, who are courting Beck's services.

Now that LSU had gone through the portal process, it was able to secure his services after receiving his commitment.

Beck posted a .377 batting average with 15 home runs and 67 RBIs in his first season with the Incarnate Word program. He transferred after a stint at Kansas State.

In his first season with the Cardinals, Beck was named Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.

Now the dynamic slugger is a Tiger and will go to Baton Rouge for the 2025 season.

Jacob Mayers: Nicholls State

In 2024, Mayers posted a 4.58 ERA with 106 strikeouts on the season, but his room for improvement lies in the walk category after allowing a whopping 76 batters to walks.

The command issues are a concern, but when Mayers is on form, he is a dominant pitcher on the mound. He held his opponents' batting average to .170 in his first two seasons at Nicholls State while generating impressive velocity.

As a freshman in 2023, Mayers posted a 2.02 ERA with 105 strikeouts and 58 walks, earning Freshman All-America honors.

Mayers has topped out at 95 mph with his impressive fastball on the mound and has added a number of offspeed pitches to his arsenal. He will be exciting to watch in the offseason as pitching coach Nate Yeskie gets the opportunity to make Mayers a consistent player in Baton Rouge.

Eddie Yamin IV: Dayton

Yamin, an impressive infielder/catcher, brings a dynamic style of play to Baton Rouge, where Johnson and Co. landed the former Flyer.

We've seen the program secure a handful of pitchers through the transfer portal, but with the Tigers needing power in their lineup, they've now added a reliable hitter to the team.

In 2024, Yamin finished the year with a .342 batting average, 68 hits, 14 doubles, 13 home runs and 54 RBI. After the departure of Tommy White and others, it was crucial for LSU to bring some consistency.

Now Yamin comes into play, who will not be eligible for the draft until next summer.

Chris Stanfield: Auburn

Stanfield, one of the best outfielders in the country, will continue to test the 2024 MLB Draft but has now announced his commitment to the Tigers.

During the 2024 season, Stanfield held a .276 batting average with four home runs and 25 RBIs, but his impact was evident defensively.

We saw LSU bring in Michael Braswell a season ago after he left South Carolina, with some questioning the move given his struggles at bat. Fast forward to the end of the 2024 season, and Braswell took the next step at bat, getting several timely hits for the Tigers.

Looking at Stanfield, a player whose numbers at the plate aren't exactly impressive, Johnson might expect the program to mold him into an impressive two-way player as well.

Luke Hayden: State of Indiana

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

In the 2024 season, Hayden posted 91 strikeouts in 78 innings pitched with a 3.81 ERA. The Indiana State star adds to the Tigers' impressive transfer portal haul and is the fifth new addition in the last seven days.

Johnson and Co. have now landed Indiana State's two best players from last season, Hayden and batter Luis Hernandez.

Chandler Dorsey: South Florida

On Monday, LSU secured its first portal commitment after South Florida relief pitcher Chandler Dorsey announced he would take his talents to Baton Rouge.

The right-handed relief pitcher announced on social media:

“I am excited to announce my commitment to LSU to further my academic and baseball career,” Dorsey said via Instagram. “I want to thank God, my family and the coaches who have helped me along the way! Geaux Tigers!”

Dorsey announced his intention to leave South Florida after two years in the program.

In the 2024 season, the highly touted right-hander went 2-1 with eight saves and a 3.60 ERA (12 ER/30.0 IP) with a 1.20 WHIP. In his second year with the Bulls, he also recorded 41 strikeouts on the season.

Luis Hernandez: State of Indiana

Hernandez announced his commitment to Johnson and Co. on Tuesday, as LSU added a key player to its roster for the 2025 season.

After three years with the Sycamores, Hernandez entered the portal with the chance for a change of scenery.

Now he's on his way to Baton Rouge, and Johnson is looking for a talented power hitter to replace players like Tommy White and others.

The all-around hitter finished his career at Indiana State with a .315 batting average in his three years there. In 578 career at-bats, Hernandez had 182 hits, 118 runs, 32 home runs, 120 RBIs and 48 walks.

In 2024, he had his most impressive year yet. Hernandez hit 23 home runs with a .359 batting average and 76 runs batted in.

He has a chance to play a key role in the Tigers' development in 2025. Hernandez, a player who has played in the infield, catcher and designated hitter, is an all-around talent for LSU next season.

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 with the Terriers during the 2024 season.

It's another key addition to Johnson and Co.'s pitching rotation as he continues to work through the transfer portal evaluations.

Now he is bringing a top player into the team who has proven that he can compete at the highest level.

Cowan, one of the most sought-after transfer players in the portal, is now going to Baton Rouge and has the chance to fight for a starting spot alongside several well-known players.

Cowan is LSU's third newcomer this season, joining right-handed pitcher Chandler Dorsey of South Florida and hitter Luis Hernandez of Indiana State.

Deven Sheerin: Pitcher from Mount St. Mary's

Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball team remained hot in the NCAA transfer portal on Friday night after receiving a commitment from Deven Sheerin of Mount St. Mary.

The electrifying right-handed pitcher is coming off a dominant first season in college baseball after dismantling his opponents in his freshman year.

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

As a rookie, his fastball was measured at 98 mph, when it was normally in the 95 mph range.

This addition is another impressive move for Johnson and the Tigers, but the deciding factor is that Sheerin will not be eligible for the MLB Draft until 2026, meaning he will stay in Baton Rouge for at least two seasons.

More LSU news:

History made: Angel Reese sets WNBA record and rewrites history books

LSU Football Recruiting Review: Tigers secure multiple commitments in June

Former No. 1 pick JaMarcus Russell fired as coach, faces lawsuit

Join the community:

Follow Zack Nagy on Twitter: @znagy20 and LSU-Land: @LSUCountry_FN for all coverage of the LSU program.