A handful of Southwest Louisiana products are waiting to hear their name called in this year's Major League Baseball Draft.
The draft started Monday with the first, second and compensatory rounds.
Rounds three through 10 will start today at noon. Rounds 11 through 40 will start at noon on Wednesday.
Former Barbe standout Gunner Leger is looking for his second chance. After his junior season at UL-Lafayette, Leger was drafted in the 26th round by the Miami Marlins, but turned it down and found out two weeks later that he had a partially torn UCL. After having surgery to repair the UCL and another to remove a bone spur in one of his legs, Leger took a redshirt year and returned to the diamond this year.
"Looking back I think it was the right decision," Leger said. "It allowed me to get my leg right. It was something that I wanted to deal with and surgery allowed me to square that away. It is not the road you want to travel with injuries, but I think it all fell into place."
Leger is confident he will be drafted or offered a free agent contract.
"I am excited," Leger said. "I am pretty sure I will have some opportunities and that is really all that I can ask for.
"There has been a handful of teams that have reached out and said that I was on their board. Some of those teams said that if I didn't get drafted that I would get a free agent contract."
Leger was the 2015 Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year. He had a breakout junior season (1.97 ERA, 10-2) was named the SBC Pitcher of the Year. Leger took on a relief role in his final season and earned four saves with a 2.30 ERA. Leger said he is not sure if he will be drafted to play a relief role or as a potential starting pitcher.
Leger was a key member of Barbe's 2012 and 2014 state championship teams.
One of Leger's former Barbe teammates is a draft possibility. Shane Selman just wrapped up his final season at McNeese State University and helped lead the Cowboys their first Southland Conference tournament championship and NCAA regional since 2003.
The power-hitting outfielder has been one of the top hitters in the SLC over the last four years with 51 doubles, 38 home runs, and 150 RBIs with a .274 batting average. He is ranked 17th in the state out of all draft-eligible college and high school players by Baseball America.
A pair of recently graduated Sam Houston High School players, Cameron Meeks and Silas Ardoin, are ranked in the top 25 prospects in the state by Baseball America.
Meeks, a 6-4 right-handed pitcher and District 3-5A MVP, is ranked ninth in the state. Meeks, a McNeese State signee, was the ace (10-0, 0.68 ERA, 78k, 61ip) of the Broncos' staff and helped lead the team to the Class 5A state championship game. It was the Broncos first championship game appearance since 2009. He was also a force at the plate (.405 avg., 15 doubles, 5 HRs, 51 RBIs).
Meeks' fastball has been clocked in the low 90s and has a lot of potential according to Sam Houston head coach Chad Hebert.
"It is his overall athleticism," Hebert said. "People see it. A lot of scouts are not overly concerned with his arm action. I heard one scout say that he can hit comfortably at 95 because he has so much room to add muscle and growth. Meeks has a very high upside because of his frame and arm strength."
As the Broncos backstop this year, Ardoin threw out 21 of 27 runners that attempted to steal a base. He was also solid at the plate, hitting .417 with 9 doubles, three home runs and 36 RBIs.
While there is the possibility that he could follow in his father's footsteps and turn pro, Ardoin said it would take a big offer to persuade him to skip out on his commitment to the University of Texas. His father Danny Ardoin played five seasons in the MLB for five teams at catcher.
"It's a huge honor just to be in the talks of getting drafted," Ardoin said. "I am blessed to be able to go to a program with winning traditions like UT, so either way I know it's a win-win situation. It would definitely take a strong offer to pull me away from college."