LSU pitcher Jaden Hill was the first Tiger taken in the 2021 MLB Draft when the Colorado Rockies selected him with the No. 44th pick of the draft on Day 2. The Ashdown, Ark. native tore his UCL in April and underwent Tommy John surgery.

In seven starts for the Tigers in 2021, Hill went 2-3 and recorded a 6.67 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched with 25 strikeouts while allowing 29 hits. An All-American in 2020, Hill started just nine games during his career in Baton Rouge, but could be a steal if he could shake injuries that hampered his career at times.

In 2020, he was a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball after allowing no runs and just one hit in 11.2 relief innings (four appearances) while recording five walks, 17 strikeouts and two saves.

Coming out of high school in 2018, Hill was a Top 100 prospect and highly-regarded as a draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was named the 2018 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year and received 2017 All-America recognition from Under Armour.

New head coach Jay Johnson is on the job and hit the ground running with meetings with players after being introduced last month. LSU hired Johnson away from Arizona to replace Paul Mainieri, who retired this summer.

"I've talked to some of them, I had a face-to-face meeting with a player last night at 11:00 at night, and he was driving by the stadium and I happened to call him and said, why don't you come by," Johnson said at his introductory press conference. "A player that's really struggling with hey, do I go now, do I stay. That's because of what we have here. And then we started talking about the things that we could potentially do to help him create value for himself, and not to just sign a pro contract but be ready, really be ready when he goes and achieves that dream.

"There's a lot of moving pieces to that because you're only allowed to have so many players, give so many scholarships and put together the right team. We're working through that, and then we'll get to staffing, and then we'll have a really good plan in place once all the hay is in the barn and we know what the roster looks like exactly, and then we're going to do to work."