BATON ROUGE — Jake Fraley is getting called up the big leagues.
The former LSU outfielder who starred for the Tigers from 2014-16 was promoted on Tuesday to the active roster of the Seattle Mariners.
Fraley will join the Mariners in St. Petersburg, Fla., for their series versus the Tampa Bay Rays — the franchise that originally selected him in the second round of the 2016 MLB Draft.
Fraley becomes the 18th LSU player coached by Paul Mainieri to get called up the majors. Fraley also joins former LSU infielder Austin Nola on the Mariner’s big-league roster. Nola was called up in June.
Fraley was traded to Seattle back in November and has thrived since being traded. Fraley had collected 19 homers and 80 RBI in Seattle’s minor leagues.
The Delaware native helped the Tigers to the SEC championship and a College World Series berth in 2015, and was named the recipient of LSU Baseball’s 2016 Skip Bertman Award.
Fraley played in 173 games during his LSU career (149 starts), batted .328 (201-for-613) with 28 doubles, 12 triples, 10 homers, 142 runs, 100 RBI and 59 steals in 77 attempts.
The other Mainieri-coached LSU players to reach the big leagues are infielder Alex Bregman, pitcher Aaron Nola, infielder DJ LeMahieu, infielder Austin Nola, pitcher Kevin Gausman, pitcher Nick Goody, outfielder Andrew Stevenson, pitcher Ryan Eades, infielder JaCoby Jones, infielder Ryan Schimpf, outfielder Mikie Mahtook, pitcher Nick Rumbelow, pitcher Louis Coleman, pitcher Charlie Furbush, pitcher Ryan Verdugo, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and infielder Matt Clark.
LSU now has had at least one former player make his MLB debut in 26 of the past 29 seasons. The Tigers have produced a total of 76 Major Leaguers during their illustrious baseball history.