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Trey Watkins released from LSU baseball program

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BATON ROUGE - The LSU baseball team learned they were not invited to the NCAA Regionals on Monday.  That was just the signal to begin major moves to try to prevent such an occurrence again.

On Tuesday, associate head coach Dave Grewe, also in charge of the pitching staff and recruiting, stepped down from his position. 

On Wednesday, the player purge began as head coach Paul Mainieri began exit meetings. A lineup regular this season, outfielder Trey Watkins, was given his walking papers.

Watkins, a starter the last two seasons for the Tigers in left field, was released by Mainieri this morning.  The junior out of Destrehan hit a paltry .226 in 2011 and had an on-base percentage of .351.  Watkins logged just 9 extra base hits this season and struck out 30 times in 44 starts. 

Watkins lost his starting position in left field after a shaky beginning at the plate and struggled on defense at times in 2011.  LSU used him later in the year as a DH, but that provided no long term success for Watkins.

It was suggested that Tyler Jones, a juco signee out of Madison Area Tech, was not asked to return either.  But I was informed that Jones had his exit meeting on Tuesday and was in a team meeting Wednesday, so apparently he survived.

Lutcher product Joey Bourgeois, who was on the Tiger roster this year despite missing 2011 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, was told that he would be on the team in the fall but is not guaranteed a spot for 2012.

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