LSU hires MJ Seo, a right-handed pitcher, displays special abilities
JUPITER, FL – MJ Seo was in his comfort zone putting on the rubber on the big stadium mound on Thursday afternoon.
For the 18-year-old right-hander from Plano, Texas, pitching at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium was just another day at the stadium. This is because SEO is used to facing high level competition at the best showcase events.
This weekend, Seo and the rest of his 3n2 Sticks Baseball Brewster/White Sox Scout team competed in the annual Perfect Game WWBA World Championship, one of the top wooden bat tournaments in the nation.
“It means a lot,” Seo told SB Live. “Obviously all the top teams across the country are in one place, trying to win it all and having the same goal in mind. That means a lot, especially as it’s my last travel ball tournament.
Seo, a pitcher/shortstop, plays for Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas.
Committed to signing with LSU, Seo is no stranger to pitching in front of a large number of scouts. Few showcases have as many scouts as the WWBA World Championship.
“I saw they said there were 7,000 college and professional scouts here, combined,” Sticks 3n2 coach Chase Brewster said. “I don’t know if that’s accurate, but it sounds like 100,000. Everywhere you turn it’s a ‘Who’s/Who’ and someone, a group of special people.
Next summer, Seo will likely find himself with a decision to make after his senior season – attend LSU or sign professionally?
That’s a decision for a later date, after the 2023 MLB Draft.
“I’m ready to go to LSU, that’s the priority,” he said. “Whatever happens, it can happen. I focus on that. It’s in a few months. I live in the present.
The Wooden Bat Tournament is one of Perfect Games’ signature events. A year ago, three of the top four picks in the 2022 MLB Draft played in this event: first pick Jackson Holliday (Baltimore Orioles), second pick Druw Jones (Arizona Diamondbacks) and fourth pick Termarr Johnson (Pittsburgh Pirates).
“It’s definitely special, knowing that a lot of great players have come and played on the same grounds as us,” Seo said. “It means a lot. It’s pretty cool.” While this tournament lacks some of the best players in the first round, it does include a lot who could go later in the first round or certainly the early rounds.
Seo falls into this category.
“He’s had a really, really good summer for us, and he’s become one of the top pitching prospects in the country,” Brewster said. “We’re super proud of him.”
Seo’s younger brother Minjae also plays for 3n2 Sticks Baseball. Part of the Class of 2025, Minjae is already committed to Vanderbilt.
Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium is the spring training stadium for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. Games are played on the backfields used by big league clubs in spring training, and then the minor leaguers take over, keeping the complex active for most of the season.
Only a few selected matches are played in the stadium which can accommodate nearly 7,000 people. 3n2 Sticks Baseball Brewster is one of the teams whose game is broadcast on the internet.
For players, the PG Tournament provides a platform to show off their skills against the best of their peers.
“I just try to show my arsenal on the mound, and obviously in the box, I try to take good sticks, and I try to be a consistent player,” Seo said. “Whoever it is there, the coaches or the scouts, obviously it’s great. I try to play the same game no matter what. Whether it’s 100 scouts or zero scouts. I try to play the same game. It really doesn’t change anything for me, but it’s more exciting, that’s for sure.
When not on the mound, Seo usually plays in the middle of the infield.
“MJ is one of the few kids we’ve had that really gets pre-game prep and post-game prep,” Brewster said. “He is an extremely hard worker. He works all the time. He does yoga. He does little things that some people may find stupid or take for granted. It made him a much better athlete, and it put his body in a position to do things he probably shouldn’t be able to do every three or four days off the mound.
A few weeks ago, Seo added meditation to her routine.
“Obviously he’s an amazing hitter, so we have to watch when he plays on the field, before and after he throws,” Brewster said. “He normally plays at shortstop. He’s been our shortstop all summer. We play him second after he pitches and we have him DH before he pitches, just to make sure he’s fresh.