Lopez, Hebert start new careers

After three-year careers that saw them smash several records between the two, juniors Stefan Lopez and Brock Hebert have decided to forgo their senior season and begin their professional careers.
Lopez, who was taken in Round 16 by the New York Yankees, set school and conference records in saves with 20 this season and 30 for his career.
Hebert started all three seasons for the Lions at second base and showed major signs of improvement each year before ending his junior campaign with a .374 batting average and 36 steals. The Seattle Mariners selected him in Round 14.
“Brock and Stefan both called me to let me know that they were drafted and intended on signing the pro contracts,” said head coach Jay Artigues.
Hebert hit the ground running for the Pulaski Mariners, the rookie-league affiliate for the major league club. His .292 batting average is one of the highest on the team, but he has struggled defensively, committing five errors in 20 games.  Hebert’s skill set gives him an edge on his competition, according to Artigues.
“Brock’s speed and athleticism will help him fly through the minors,” said Artigues.
Lopez has had a bumpier road than Hebert, posting an 8.53 ERA in 6.1 innings of work for the Staten Island Yankees.
“Stefan has a chance to be a big league arm, and his make-up sets him apart from others,” said Artigues.
Only time will tell if they will join former Southeastern and current Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Wade Miley in future MLB All-Star games.