Last month, Landon Marceaux capped off his best season as a member of LSU’s pitching rotation in style – the Tigers’ ace was selected in the third round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels.
This week, Marceaux officially put pen to paper and made things official, the team announcing the signing of Marceaux and 18 other draft picks this week.
The right-hander and former headliner of the Destrehan Wildcats’ rotation, Marceaux went at the 80th selection in this year’s draft. The Angels chose pitchers with all 20 of their picks, Marceaux near the top of that list after shining as one of the nation’s best hurlers in the 2020-21 collegiate season.
Marceaux earned multiple All-American honors, and was a second team All-SEC selection. He notched the second most innings pitched in the SEC (102.5), ranked sixth in ERA at 2.54 and sixth in strikeouts with 116. He went 7-7 and helped LSU capture a regional championship this season.
This was the second time Marceaux has been drafted by the major leagues. In 2018, the New York Yankees chose him in the 37th round out of high school, but Marceaux elected to attend LSU and aim for a higher selection – which he indeed would find.
The Angels did not release terms of the deal, but the draft slot value equates to a $767,800 signing bonus. Teams and players can negotiate the number, however.
It’s an exciting landing spot for Marceaux, who must first work his way up through the Angels’ minor league system but, if and when he does so, could join a roster that includes some of the brightest stars in baseball today, like Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
At Destrehan, Marceaux was a terror for opposing lineups. His ERA was just a shade over 1.00 for his career at the school. The was named District 7-5A Pitcher of the Year after a dominating senior campaign. As a junior, he posted a microscopic WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) of 0.76, and an ERA of 1.56. He was a two-time All-State selection. As a sophomore, he set the school’s all-time record for ERA in a season with a mark of 0.64 in 2016.
His final numbers at Destrehan saw him go 18-3 with three saves, 239 strikeouts, 31 walks and a 1.17 ERA in 168.1 innings of play.
Marceaux also earned a gold medal as a member of the Team USA 18U National Team, selected as one of the nation’s 20 best players.