Baranik, who turns 22 in November, was the No. 2 starter on the No. 1 team in the country, though the Ragin Cajuns were upset by Ole Miss in the best-of-three Super Regional over the weekend. Baranik took the loss in the second of three games on Sunday, allowing three runs in seven innings while striking out four. Baranik was out-dueled by Mississippi starter Christian Trent, who was drafted by the Dodgers in the 29th round.
"We thought if we could get six out of Carson, that would be really good," Louisiana-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux said. "He gave us more than we thought. Carson did everything he could, and did a great job. We just couldn't finish it when we came out of the bullpen."
The 6'3, 215-pound Baranik grew up in Bossier City, Louisiana, the same hometown as Dodgers 27th round pick Harlan Richter out of Bossier Community College. Baranik was drafted out of high school in 2011 by the Reds in the 41st round, though he did not sign.
Baranik began his college career at LSU in 2012 along with fellow freshman Trent, who redshirted before transferring to Ole Miss, and right-hander Joe Broussard, drafted by the Dodgers in the 15th round this year.
The right-hander transferred to Miami-Dade College for his sophomore season then landed at Louisiana-Lafayette in 2014. Baranik was 11-2 with a 3.17 ERA in 17 starts, with 74 strikeouts and 27 walks in 106 innings as a junior, and was named the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year.
Here's an interview with Baranik from February: