3 Strikes: Weekend Wrap Up


Strike 1 – Two more current Auburn Tigers were drafted and 2 more potential Auburn Tigers were also drafted. Paul Burnside (39/1183) and Taylor Thompson (44/1133) were both taken by the White Sox. While signees Cody Martin (31/942/Twins) and Cole Nelson (45/1369/Rays) were also selected. That ups the grand total to 4 current players taken in the MLB draft and 6 potential players (signees) drafted. Good luck to everyone. We probably won’t know for a little while which players are going to officially leave and which ones could potentially come back.

Strike 2- So you’re saying there’s a chance? Brandon Jacobs didn’t sound like he was 100% committed to skipping college and joining the Red Sox just yet:

I would like to make my status clear regarding my potential professional baseball career.

As of now, I am still committed to Auburn University until there is an agreement made with the Boston Red Sox. As you know, all players must give a final number value before anything is done and then the organization needs to negotiate the numbers before signing. We are in the middle of negotiating with the Boston Red Sox at this time.

If we are [fortunate] to make an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, I will make my final decision at that point.

Brandon. Just a word of advice. Yes, the money would be awesome, but how much better would it be if you could actually IMPROVE your draft stock. Don’t take my word for it. Take it from guys like Kentrail Davis at Tennessee or better yet just look at what Jared Mitchell did at LSU. He went from being drafted in the 10th Round going into college to becoming a First Round pick  (22nd Overall) AND getting the benefits of playing/experiencing college. Better yet, look no further than a possible Auburn teammate, Hunter Morris. Out of High School Morris was a SECOND ROUND PICK by those very same Red Sox. Now, well he won’t get his named called until the 2011 draft, but I see no reason why he wouldn’t still be a first or second round selection.

So how about coming to Auburn, playing football, and even if that doesn’t work out for you, you can still go the Gabe Gross route and just focus on baseball full time. Now, Gabe ain’t the best Major Leaguer, but he’s still in the Show and that’s better than most can say.


Strike 3- Some other wrapping up:

-Hunter Morris was selected to the USA Baseball National Team trials again. Here’s to hoping Hunter has a breakout season next year with Auburn (in what will probably be his last on the Plains).

-I’ll provide a detailed list later, but Summer Ball should be starting soon, and the best and arguably most prestigious league (Cape Cod) already has some Tigers on their rosters:

Trent Mummey – Harwich Mariners

Kevin Paterson – Cotuit Keetlers

Brian Fletcher/Hunter Morris – Falmouth Commodores

Good luck to them this Summer. I’ll try to see if and where everyone else is playing this summer.


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