Despite only with the Tigers for two seasons, Christian Ibarra had a significant impact toward LSU baseball’s success during his time in Baton Rouge. A player who started at third base for LSU both seasons, here is a look back at the Tigers career of Ibarra.
Looking back at the LSU Baseball career of Christian Ibarra
Ibarra originally came to LSU prior to the 2013 season, where he was previously a JUCO shortstop at Rio Hondo College in California. Prior to his time at Rio Hondo College, Ibarra also spent his prep days in the state of California where he attended South Hills High School.
Once in Baton Rouge, Ibarra would have a significant impact on the 2013 LSU team, one that went 57-11 overall to reach the College World Series.
In 2013, Ibarra would slash .305/.414/.462 for the season across 66 games as the Tigers starting third baseman, along with hitting six HR with 39 RBI and 17 2B. Named First Team All-SEC, Ibarra would also bat for a .327 AVG in SEC play that season, and also received additional honors such as SEC All-Defensive Team and SEC All-Tournament Team.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Ibarra would go on to be selected in the 32nd round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ibarra would however bypass the professional route, and would decide to return to LSU for his senior season in 2014.
As a senior in 2014, Ibarra would start in 58-of-59 games for the Tigers at third base, slashing a combined .238/.383/.331. Ibarra would also hit three HR that season, as well as collect 22 RBI, in what was his final year at LSU.
Across his two seasons with LSU baseball, Ibarra would slash a combined .276/.400/.405 across 125 career games. Ibarra would also post a combined .806 OPS across those two seasons, as well as hit nine HR with 61 RBI.
After a season of Independent Ball in 2015, Ibarra would go on to spend the 2016 campaign in the minor leagues of the Minnesota Twins organization, and has since spent every season from 2017 to now in Independent Ball. Ibarra is currently playing the 2023 season with Guerreros de Oaxaca of the Mexican League.