Former Auburn player to join Oakland A's

AUBURN, AL – Former Auburn star Josh Donaldson had his contracted selected by the Oakland A's. Now, the catcher is in Toronto with the team for their game against the Blue Jays.

Donaldson played at Auburn from 2005-07, helping the team to the 2005 Tallahassee Regional. He hit .307 for his career with 42 doubles, a triple and 28 home runs before being selected by the Chicago Cubs in the supplemental round, 48th overall.

Donaldson was acquired by Oakland along with pitcher Sean Gallagher, infielder Eric Patterson and outfielder Matt Murton for pitcher Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin on July 8, 2008.

Donaldson came to Auburn as a freshman in 2005 and played 47 games at third, hitting .294. He then saw an opportunity to increase his stock and help out the team as he learned the catching position and split time between the hot corner and behind the plate as a sophomore. As the full-time catcher in 2007, he led Auburn with a .349 batting average and 54 TBI, hitting 11 home runs and stealing 17 bases.

In 18 games with the Sacramento River Cats this season, Oakland's Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League, Donaldson was hitting .269 with five doubles and four home runs, driving in 19 runs.

Donaldson joins former Tiger Gabe Gross on the Oakland roster. He becomes the 44th former Auburn baseball player to make it to the big leagues.