HAMMOND, La — Former Southeastern Louisiana University baseball product Justin Boudreaux officially signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and was assigned to the club’s rookie team in Arizona.
Boudreaux, a Prairieville, La., product and three-year letterwinner for the Lions, was selected in the 14th round in last month’s Major League Baseball Draft after hitting .333 with eight home runs, 48 RBI and 15 stolen bases for Southeastern.
In his three-year career at Southeastern, Boudreaux posted a .307 batting average with 25 home runs, 148 RBI and 37 stolen bases. He ranks third in school history in runs scored (162), sixth with 198 hits and 10th in home runs.
The first Lion shortstop selected in the draft since Kevin Morgan in 1991 (Detroit), Boudreaux the second player to be chosen by the Dodgers joining Brock McMurray who was an 11th-round selection in 1988.
Boudreaux joins former teammate and Zachary native Brandon Efferson – a 37th round selection of the Los Angeles Angels.
Efferson, who went 8-5 on the mound with a 3.72 earned run average in 2011, has appeared in eight games for the Angels’ Rookie League team in Arizona. The right-hander has recorded four saves in 8.1 innings pitched while fanning nine batters.
As a senior, Efferson finished fifth in the Southland Conference in strikeouts (86), opposing batting average (.241), was tied for fifth in wins and was 10th in innings pitched (96.2).
In 53 appearances in his Southeastern career, Efferson won 24 games (one shy of the school record) and while logging a school-record 303.2 innings on the mound. Efferson fanned 235 batters – tied for seventh in school history – and was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection in 2011.