Tigers Selected in MLB Draft
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A few Tigers were selected on day two of the MLB Draft today. Keegan Thompson was selected by the Chicago Cubs with the 105th overall pick in the third round of the draft, and CF Jonah Todd was selected by the Los Angeles Angels with the 175th overall pick in the sixth round of the draft.
Thompson made the decision to return for his junior year at the conclusion of last season and also underwent Tommy John surgery, but his recovery was successful as was his 2017 season with the Tigers. Thompson was 7–4 with a 2.41 ERA this past season as Auburn’s ace.
Todd arrived on the Plains last summer as a walk-on transfer from Marion Military Institute and immediately made an impact for the Tigers this past season. The center fielder batted .376 and was a second-team All-SEC selection.
Also drafted was an Auburn signee, P Evan Steele of Chipola Community College, by the Kansas City Royals with the 73rd overall pick in the second round. Steele is one of Auburn’s highest rated signees, and it is unclear as of now whether he will sign with the Royals or choose to play college ball.
Surprisingly, Auburn’s top commit, Tanner Burns was not drafted. He was projected as the No. 39 prospect in MLB.com’s pre-draft rankings. Teams must have shied away from picking him because he and his family have been firm about his desire to play for Auburn. The Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year was 10-1 with a 0.88 ERA and 116 strikeouts and was .467 at the plate this season at Decatur.