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Banner year for Auburn baseball continues with MLB Draft

If winning the SEC West, hosting an NCAA Regional, and setting a school record for conference wins and nearly every major offensive category wasn't enough, the Tigers were back at it on Tuesday.While the MLB First-year player draft started during the Tigers final game against Clemson on Monday, no Auburn players were selected in the first round.Rounds 2-30 started Tuesday, and the name "Auburn University" was heard over and over again.A school record nine Auburn players were selected in the 29 total rounds, with Trent Mummey and Hunter Morris being the first two selected in the 4th round. It was upped to ten when Justin Fradejas was taken on Wednesday.
  1. Outfielder Trent Mummey, who went through an injury plagued season, was selected in the fourth round by Baltimore. Mummey had more homeruns per at bat than Hunter Morris, as well as the leading homerun hitter in the country.
  2. First baseman Hunter Morris was selected in the fourth round by Milwaukee, though he was expected to go much sooner. Morris says he likes the Brewers, and the thought of being able to play AA ball in front of his hometown for the Huntsville Stars. Morris was selected 84th overall coming out of high school.
  3. Pitcher Cole Nelson was selected in the 10th round by Detroit, due to his largely projectable left handed frame.
  4. Pitcher Grant Dayton was selected by Florida n the 11th round.
  5. Pitcher Austin Hubbard was selected by Tampa Bay in the 14th round.
  6. Catcher Ryan Jenkins was selected by Kansas City in the 17th round .
  7. Outfielder Brian Fletcher was selected by Kansas City in the 18th round. Brian's father, Scott, played for the Chicago White Sox organization.
  8. First baseman Kevin Patterson was selected in the 23rd round by Tampa Bay.
  9. Pitcher Bradley Hendrix was selected by the Reds in the 20th round.
  10. Outfielder Justin Fradejas was taken by the Rockies in the 35th round.
  11. Pitcher Stephen Kolscheen was taken by the Mariners in the 45th round.

Coach Pawlowski and his staff truly have turned the Auburn program around, with this season and this draft being a testament to that. And he was right, he isn't done. Through the 30th round, four of Auburn's 2011 signees were also drafted. That included pitcher Brandon Allen in the 18th round by San Francisco, infielder Zach Alvord in the 18th round by Atlanta, pitcher Andrew Morris in the 16th round by Milwaukee, as well as Jay Gonzalez who was taken in 27th round by Boston. Bryce Lane, another recruit, was also taken on Wednesday.

That brought the total to eleven Auburn Tigers, tied for most in the country with UCLA, tied for an SEC record, as well as a school record. Quite the feat for Coach P's team.


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