LSU baseball adds two to 2014 recruiting class

Bill Franques

Catcher Kade Scivicque and right-handed pitcher Troy Whitty have joined the LSU baseball program and will begin attending classes next month, Coach Paul Mainieri announced.

Scivicque, a native of Maurepas, and Whitty, a product of Easton, Mass., are part of a 19-man baseball signing class that begins the fall semester at LSU on Aug. 26.

The newcomers and returning players will engage in conditioning drills and individual workouts beginning on Sept. 3.

The Tigers begin their six-week, full-squad fall practice session on Sept. 29. The 2014 season starts on February 14 when LSU plays host to the University of New Orleans in Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field.

Scivicque has played the past two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Community College, where he batted .321 in 2013 with four homers, 12 doubles, 37 RBI and a .991 fielding percentgage. He was named the Mississippi Junior College Defensive Player of the Year.

"Kade may end up being the 'sleeper' of this class," Mainieri said. "He is a catcher by trade and the kind of kid who is not very vocal but just puts his head down, goes to work and plays his heart out. He's the first LSU player to ever come out of Maurepas, Louisiana. He sort of emerged as a late bloomer after his first year in junior college.

"Kade will add competition to our young catching corps for this season. He had an exceptional summer in the Northwoods League, where he racked up a lot of extra-base hits."

Whitty will enter LSU as a freshman after graduating from the The Dexter School in Easton, Mass. He posted a 15-1 record in high school, firing both a perfect game and a no-hitter during his prep career.

"Troy is a big right-hander with tidy mechanics, and he knows what he's doing when he's on the hill," Mainieri said. "He has above-average arm-strength, topping out at 91-92 mph, and we think he will only get better in the next couple of years."

"We see him as a person with tremendous potential who with proper coaching and experience can develop into something special. Troy is the kind of guy that could end up looking like former great Anthony Ranaudo by the time he's finished at LSU."