Auburn head baseball coach Butch Thompson has built a winning program on the Plains. Between two trips to Omaha in the last four NCAA Tournaments and the Tigers hosting back-to-back regionals, it is no surprise Auburn has seen a lot of its players get drafted to the next level.
Last year Auburn had a record-setting eight draft picks and is expected to have a decent amount this year. The Tigers are well represented in each level of professional baseball, but how are the players currently on Major League rosters performing this season?
Garett Cooper: Miami Marlins (first baseman)
After being named an All-Star in 2022, Cooper took some time to get going in 2023. Currently in his eighth season as a Major Leaguer, Cooper is batting .259 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI. Originally drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft, Cooper has been a member of the Marlins for six seasons.
Davis Daniel: Los Angeles Angels (relief pitcher)
Daniel suffered a right shoulder strain in February and is yet to appear in a game this season. He was called up last June.
Josh Donaldson: New York Yankees (third baseman)
Donaldson has dealt with injuries all season and has only played in 28 games. He is batting .149 with nine home runs and 14 RBI. The 2015 American League MVP is Auburn's longest-tenured player in the MLB.
Edouard Julien: Minnesota Twins (second baseman)
Julien has held his own since being called up to the big leagues in April. He is batting .258 with six home runs, 11 RBI and a stolen base. The Quebec City, Quebec, Canada native was selected by the Twins in the 18th round of the 2019 MLB Draft.
Casey Mize: Detroit Tigers (starting pitcher)
Mize will not be pitching this season after undergoing Tommy John and back surgeries back-to-back.
Josh Palacios: Pittsburgh Pirates (right fielder)
Palacios is hitting .245 with one home run and 13 RBI in his first season at the MLB level. After being drafted in the fourth round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016, he made his MLB debut in 2021 and played for the Washington Nationals in 2022 before landing with Pittsburgh.
Trey Wingenter: Detroit Tigers (relief pitcher)
Wingenter has only pitched 4.1 innings this season and is currently on the injured list. He is currently on a rehab assignment with the Tigers' Triple-A affiliate Toledo Mud Hens.
Auburn players in Triple-A:
Ben Braymer, Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies)
Bailey Horn, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)
Daniel Robert, Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers)
Keegan Thompson, Iowa Cubs (Chicago Cubs)
Ryan Watson, Norfolk Tides (Baltimore Orioles)
Auburn players in Double-A:
Ryan Bliss, Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Tanner Burns, Akron Ruberducks (Cleveland Guardians)
Calvin Coker, Midland RockHounds (Oakland Athletics)
Sonny DiChiara, Rocket City Trash Pandas (Los Angeles Angels)
Richard Fitts, Somerset Patriots (New York Yankees)
Will Holland, Wichita Wind Surge (Minnesota Twins)
Matt Scheffler, Arkansas Travelers (Seattle Mariners)
Auburn players in High-A:
Mason Barnett, Quad Cities River Bandits (Kansas City Royals)
Trace Bright, Aberdeen IronBirds (Baltimore Orioles)
Blake Burkhalter, Rome Braves (Atlanta Braves)
Peyton Glavine, Wilmington Blue Rocks (Washington Nationals)
Tyler Miller, Greenville Drive (Boston Red Sox)
Brody Moore, Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals)
Jack Owen, Lansing Lugnuts (Oakland Athletics)
Blake Rambusch, Everett AquaSox (Seattle Mariners)
Steven Williams, Wilmington Blue Rockets (Washington Nationals)
Auburn players in Single-A:
Hayden Mullins, Salem Red Sox (Boston Red Sox)
Carson Skipper, Fresno Grizzlies (Colorado Rockies)
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