Alex Lange Receives MLB Call-Up to Detroit
BATON ROUGE, La. – Former LSU pitcher Alex Lange was called up to the Detroit Tigers Major League on Saturday. Lange is the 20th LSU player to be trained by Paul Mainieri to reach the major leagues.
Born in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Lange was the Chicago Cubs’ first round of selection in 2017 and ended his three-year career (2015-17) at LSU with a 30 record, becoming the 10th LSU pitcher to record 30 wins.
Lange put together 406 career strikes, the second highest total in LSU’s history, followed by Scott Schultz, who had Ks 409 from 1992 to 1995.
During his LSU career, he received All-America and All-SEC first-team awards and was named National Freshman Pitcher of the Year in 2015.
“He has a sprinter mentality as a pitcher,” said AJ Hinch, manager of Detroit, of Lange. “If the command and control of breaking balls can improve, then he’s the classic guy who comes in and has wipeout stuff in the zone at effective speed and we’ve found something interesting for our pen.”
The other LSU players trained by Mainieri who reach the major leagues are infielder Alex Bregman, pitcher Aaron Nola, infielder DJ LeMahieu, infielder Austin Nola, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, pitcher Ryan Eades, infielder JaCoby Jones, infielder Ryan Schimpf, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo, infielder Matt Clark, outfielder Jake Fraley and pitcher Riley Smith.
In 28 of the last 31 seasons, LSU has had at least one former player make his MLB debut. The Tigers have produced a total of 78 major leaguers in their illustrious baseball history.