AUPPL Draft Prep


The Major League Draft starts tonight and outside of coveted Catching prospect Luke Bailey, there aren’t many Tigers expected to be called the first day. Nonetheless here are a list of current AU Players eligible for the MLB draft:

NAME Position Class
Paul Burnside P SR
Grant Dayton P So
Austin Hubbard P Jr
Micheal Hurst P Jr
Ryan Jenkins C Sr
Bradley Ray OF Jr
Ben Jones OF Sr
Joseph Sanders IF Jr
Scott Shuman P Jr
Taylor Thompson P Jr
Kris West P Sr

Shuman was previously selected by the Brewers out of high school and yes, that’s a ton of pitchers that are leaving Auburn. But outside of Burnside, West, and Jones, all of them could “possibly” return if their draft positions aren’t high enough.

The main names Auburn should keep an ear out for are Joseph Sanders, Grant Dayton, and Austin Hubbard. To have these guys return would be a huge boost to Auburn going into the 2010 season.

Other names to listen for are the members of Auburn’s incoming draft class:

2009 Auburn Baseball Signees
(Name Ht. Wt. Pos. B/T Previous School Hometown)
Luke Bailey 6-0 195 C R/R Troup County HS LaGrange, GA
Justin Bryant 5-11 175 RHP/IF R/R Itawamba CC Oneonta, AL
Garrett Bush 6-5 190 RHP/C R/R Stanton Prep HS Jacksonville, FL
Nick Franklin 6-1 175 IF S/R Lake Brantley HS Longwood, FL
Cody Martin 6-2 200 IF L/R Stephens County HS Toccoa, GA
Patrick Merkling 6-1 170 LHP L/L Etowah HS Woodstock, GA
Cole Nelson 6-7 230 LHP L/L Des Moines Area CC Edina, MN
Patrick Savage 6-2 210 IF/OF R/R Greater Atlanta Christian Suwanee, GA
Creede Simpson 6-2 180 OF/IF R/R Northwest Florida State College Auburn, AL
Slade Smith 6-2 185 RHP R/R Fort Payne HS Fort Payne, AL
Ryan Welke 6-4 195 C R/R Rickards HS Tallahassee, FL

Bailey and Drew Madrigal, RHP (Paloma Valley HS/Menifee, Calif.) have, according to some sources, the best chances of being drafted.

Good Luck to all the guys.


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