Zack Hess pens thank you letter to LSU fans, announces he’ll begin his Major League Baseball career

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Zack Hess

OMAHA, NE – JUNE 27: Pitcher Zach Hess #38 of the LSU Tigers delivers a pitch against the Florida Gators in the seventh inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 27, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

LSU pitcher Zack Hess announced on Instagram Wednesday that he intends to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers organization, ending his time in the purple and gold.

Hess played multiple roles for the Tigers in his three-year stop in Baton Rouge.

He began his career as the Tigers closer during LSU’s run to the NCAA College World Series final in the 2017 season.

Hess moved into a starting pitching role for the 2018 season, and served as a starter for most of the 2019 season before moving back to the bullpen toward the end of the year.

The Forest, Va. native had a career 18-12 record in 65 appearances including 32 starts, his ERA was 4.39. He also recorded six saves and 272 strikeouts over 223.1 innings.

Hess was the winning pitcher in LSU’s victory over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles to advance out of the 2019 Baton Rouge Regional. He threw three innings, allowing just one run and two hits with four strikeouts.

He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2019 MLB Draft (pick No. 202) by the Detroit Tigers

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