2 More Auburn Tigers selected in MLB Draft - Tucson News Now

2 More Auburn Tigers selected in MLB Draft

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  • Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

    Pearl, Auburn entering stretch run without another big man

    Monday, February 19 2018 5:13 PM EST2018-02-19 22:13:23 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Athletics File Photo)(Source: Auburn Athletics File Photo)

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says center Anfernee McLemore has had successful surgery on his left ankle.

    Auburn coach Bruce Pearl says center Anfernee McLemore has had successful surgery on his left ankle.

  • South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    South Carolina holds on to upset No. 10 Auburn, 84-75

    Saturday, February 17 2018 6:56 PM EST2018-02-17 23:56:30 GMT
    (Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)(Source: Auburn Ahletics/ Zach Bland)

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

    Frank Booker scored 19 points, and South Carolina built a 26-point lead before holding on to defeat No. 10 Auburn 84-75 on Saturday, ending the Gamecocks' six-game losing streak.

  • Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Brown, Harper lead No. 10 Auburn past Kentucky, 76-66

    Wednesday, February 14 2018 11:48 PM EST2018-02-15 04:48:39 GMT
    No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)No. 10 downs Kentucky 76-66 Wednesday night. (Source: Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

    Bryce Brown returned from a shoulder injury to score 18 points and make four 3-pointers in leading No. 10 Auburn to a 76-66 victory over Kentucky on Wednesday night.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Will Kendall in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball Draft while the Texas Rangers selected Jay Gonzalez in the 39th round as the draft drew to a close on Saturday.

Kendall, a left-handed pitcher, was pick number 899 overall and was the third Auburn player selected in this year's draft. As a junior in 2013, he was 0-5 with a 7.54 ERA in nine appearances (eight starts), returning from Tommy John surgery a year ago. The Marietta, Ga., native has pitched in 23 games (14 starts) in three years at Auburn, compiling a 4-5 record and a 4.17 ERA. In 73 1/3 career innings, he has struck out 45. This marks the first time he has been drafted.

Kendall is Auburn's first draft pick by Pittsburgh since the Pirates took Dan Gamache in the sixth round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Other Auburn selections by Pittsburgh have been 3B Richie Howard (1976, 28th Rd.), C Tim Edge (1990, sixth round) and 1B Jeff Leatherman (1991, 47th Rd.).

Kendall joined Garrett Cooper (sixth round, Milwaukee Brewers) and Conner Kendrick (ninth round, New York Yankees) as draft picks this season.

Gonzalez (No. 1,180 overall) played at Auburn in 2011-12 and hit .289 over his two seasons. He hit a career-best .308 in 2012 when he finished the year as the SEC leader in stolen bases (30). He was suspended for the 2013 season.

Auburn signee Anfernee Grier was also selected on Saturday. The Detroit Tigers picked the outfielder from Russell County in the 39th round (No. 1,176).

Auburn has now had at least one MLB Draft pick in 39 consecutive seasons, tied for the second-longest active streak among SEC schools.

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