AUBURN — Spring is months away, but the baseball diamonds on the Plains are staying busy this fall.

The Auburn baseball team has started practicing and will play exhibition games against other schools soon.

The ending of the 2023 season left a bad taste in the mouth of head coach Butch Thompson, who is entering his ninth season at the program's helm.

"I know we're in a drought and need a little rain, but it's kind of perfect for practicing baseball," Thompson said on how it has been to be back out on the field. "We had a slower build-up this year... but we're ready to get this full team practice segment underway."

Auburn's roster underwent a lot of transition this offseason, with players graduating, transferring or getting drafted. Thompson made some noise in the portal to make up for it.

"I love the roster," Thompson said. "It's really hard for an SEC baseball team like us to look back four years ago because of how much has changed. NIL, the transfer portal, the opportunity, these rosters are bigger and stronger than ever. I feel that way about our club, and I imagine everybody in our league feels the same way."

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