After winning a CIF Southern Section with his Great Oak High School baseball team in 2019, Zach Arnold was ready to move on and play college baseball at the University of Oregon in 2020, before longtime coach George Horton parted ways with the program in late May, about a week before the draft. A 2019 All-State infielder for medium-sized California schools, Arnold had signed with Oregon after batting .406 during his high school career. Arnold was unsure about the future of the program at the time and received a release from his national letter of intent, but needed a school, and low and behold, a favorite program of his, Louisiana State University, needed a shortstop. He took one visit and signed soon after. LSU thought it secured a possible shortstop of the future in Christian Cairo
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