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

2 More Auburn Tigers selected in MLB Draft

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  • Auburn’s Mustapha Heron not testing NBA waters

    Auburn’s Mustapha Heron not testing NBA waters

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 11:09 PM EDT2017-04-26 03:09:46 GMT
    SOURCE: Auburn AthleticsSOURCE: Auburn Athletics

    Freshman All-SEC Mustapha Heron will not test the NBA waters and will return to Auburn for his sophomore season, the Tigers’ leading scorer announced on Tuesday.

    Freshman All-SEC Mustapha Heron will not test the NBA waters and will return to Auburn for his sophomore season, the Tigers’ leading scorer announced on Tuesday.

  • Former AU coach Tommy Tuberville will not run for governor

    Former AU coach Tommy Tuberville will not run for governor

    Tuesday, April 25 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-04-25 22:51:27 GMT
    Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and Alabama coach Nick Saban (Source: WSFA video)Former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville and Alabama coach Nick Saban (Source: WSFA video)

    Auburn's former Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville says he will not be running for governor. 

    Auburn's former Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville says he will not be running for governor. 

  • 3 Auburn softball players arrested on drug charges

    3 Auburn softball players arrested on drug charges

    Thursday, April 20 2017 5:20 PM EDT2017-04-20 21:20:50 GMT
    Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)Haley Fagan, Makayla Martin and Brittany Maresette (Source: Lee County Sheriff's Office)

    Three Auburn University softball players were arrested on drug charges Thursday morning.

    Three Auburn University softball players were arrested on drug charges Thursday morning.

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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