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Tiger baseball grabs another big-time left-hander

The roll Jay Johnson and the LSU baseball team continues to grow.

After winning a National Championship in only his second year, the process to continue to build the program into a powerhouse continued as the Tigers went out and nabbed a commitment from one of the top junior college lefties in the country for the 2024 class.

Conner Ware is a 6-4, 205-pound flame-thrower out of Pearl River Community College. The brother of former Auburn pitcher Bryson Ware, Conner Ware chose the Tigers over his brother’s alma mater Auburn.

(self-scouting report) “The fastball has been up to 95, usually sitting 92-93 on good days. The curveball is 79-81 and change-up 83-84.”

As has been the case with a multitude of commitments throughout Johnson’s brief tenure in Baton Rouge, Ware said the relationship with the LSU skipper was the difference in why he is an LSU Tiger.

“The coaching staff at LSU is amazing,” he said. “What I loved the most is the path of development that they sold me on. Since I only have two years of eligibility at LSU, development is very important to me. The coaching staff at LSU did an outstanding job at showing me what they had to offer. (Pitching coach Nate Yeskie) knows so much and has a ton of experience.

“Honestly it was about charting my own path. I love Auburn and love all the things that they did to help my brother. They have treated my family very well. But, for me it was doing what I wanted to do for me. I wanted to create my own path. Get out and create my own adventures.”

Ware is aware of the view that a 6-4 left-hander that has topped out at 95 will never see the light of day on campus at LSU and will bolt to the Major League Draft when eligible.

“Really I’m not sure what’s going to happen,” he said. “My plan right now is to come to LSU. Of course, if an MLB team gives me an offer that I can’t turn down I’m going to have to go that route. Right now, the plan is to be in Baton Rouge and be an LSU Tiger.”

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