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  • Auburn's Casey Mize named third-team All-American by Baseball America

    Auburn's Casey Mize named third-team All-American by Baseball America

    Thursday, June 8 2017 5:13 PM EDT2017-06-08 21:13:40 GMT
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    Auburn sophomore right-hander Casey Mize was named a third-team All-American by Baseball America, the publication announced Thursday.

    Auburn sophomore right-hander Casey Mize was named a third-team All-American by Baseball America, the publication announced Thursday.

  • Karl Nonemaker named Auburn baseball assistant coach

    Karl Nonemaker named Auburn baseball assistant coach

    Monday, June 12 2017 10:23 AM EDT2017-06-12 14:23:56 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Athletics)(Source: Auburn Athletics)
    Karl Nonemaker, a former Auburn assistant and All-SEC outfielder at Vanderbilt, has been named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers’ baseball program, head coach Butch Thompson announced Monday. Nonemaker spent the previous six seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Old Dominion University. Nonemaker was on Auburn’s staff from 2005-07, helping the program to a NCAA Regional final in 2005. “We got everything we were looking for ...
    Karl Nonemaker, a former Auburn assistant and All-SEC outfielder at Vanderbilt, has been named an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the Tigers’ baseball program, head coach Butch Thompson announced Monday. Nonemaker spent the previous six seasons as an assistant and recruiting coordinator at Old Dominion University. Nonemaker was on Auburn’s staff from 2005-07, helping the program to a NCAA Regional final in 2005. “We got everything we were looking for ...
  • Auburn downs Central Florida in Tallahassee regional opener, 7-4

    Auburn downs Central Florida in Tallahassee regional opener, 7-4

    Friday, June 2 2017 6:21 PM EDT2017-06-02 22:21:35 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Athletics)(Source: Auburn Athletics)

    Auburn junior right-hander Keegan Thompson struck out a season-high nine batters, and a 3-run home run by freshman Will Holland provided the difference in a 7-4 win over UCF Friday in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

    Auburn junior right-hander Keegan Thompson struck out a season-high nine batters, and a 3-run home run by freshman Will Holland provided the difference in a 7-4 win over UCF Friday in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional.

Three former Auburn baseball players are on Opening Day rosters as Major League Baseball's 2013 season kicks off on Monday. 

Josh Donaldson (Athletics), Tim Hudson (Braves) and David Ross (Red Sox) will each open the season on their respective club's 25-man roster while Evan Crawford is on the 40-man roster for the Blue Jays. 

Donaldson is in his third year with the Oakland A's and is the expected Opening Day starter at third. Last season the then-26 year old played in 75 games, hitting .241 with 16 doubles and nine home runs as Oakland won the American League West. In two big league seasons he is a .232 hitter. He was a supplemental first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs (No. 48 overall) out of Auburn in 2007. 

Hudson will be the Opening Day starter on the mound for the Braves. In his ninth season in Atlanta and his 15th overall, he has a 197-104 career record and he is the all-time winningest former SEC pitcher in MLB history. With just three more wins, he will join the 200 career wins club as he is the fourth-winningest active pitcher currently in the league. A sixth-round pick out of Auburn in 1997 following an All-American career, his 1,801 career strike outs are the 13th most of any active pitcher. 

Ross is in his first year in Boston and his 12th year overall. Having spent the last four years in Atlanta, he is in his second stint with the Red Sox, also spending a brief part of the 2008 in Boston. He has also played for the Dodgers, Pirates, Padres and Reds. In 11 years, he is a career .238 hitter. 

Crawford made his MLB debut on April 15 of last season and appeared in 10 games for the Blue Jays. Used out of the bullpen, the 2008 eighth-round pick logged eight innings and had a 6.75 ERA. 

Forty-five former Auburn players have appeared in the major leagues. One has been named a league MVP (Frank Thomas), one has been a league Rookie of the Year (Gregg Olson), one has been the Comeback Player of the Year (Hudson) and one has been the All-Star Game MVP (Bo Jackson). Hudson, Jackson, Olson and Thomas have combined to appear in nine All-Star games while nine others have been a part World Series Teams (Joe Beckwith, Mark Bellhorn, Justin Christian, Gabe Gross, Josh Hancock, Terry Leach, Jimmy Outlaw, Ray Prim and Frank Thomas). 

INFORMATION SOURCE: Auburn Athletics Dept. 

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