LSU pitcher Ryan Eades, signee Justin Williams drafted in second round

LSU junior right-hander Ryan Eades was taken by the Minnesota Twins with the 43rd pick of the draft early in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night.

Eades enters the Baton Rouge Super Regional this weekend with an 8-1 record and 2.81 ERA. He is a candidate to start against Oklahoma in Game 2 on Saturday.

The first LSU player taken in the draft, Eades follows in the footsteps of former teammate Kevin Gausman, the fourth pick of the draft by the Baltimore Orioles last year.

Eades also follows his late father, Ned Eades, into pro ball.

Ned Eades played catcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization and spent many years as a head baseball coach in St. Tammany Parish. He died of lymphatic cancer when Ryan was 12.

Another player of interest to LSU coach Paul Mainieri was taken in the second round.

Terrebonne High shortstop Justin Williams was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the 52nd pick in the second round. Williams is an LSU signee, but Mainieri said this week he did not expect Williams to join the program if he got drafted in the early rounds.