AUBURN, Ala. – Trent Mummey was taken with the 118th overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles and Hunter Morris was taken 11 picks later at No.
129 by the Milwaukee Brewers, both coming in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon.
A First Team All-SEC outfielder this season and a two-time SEC All-Defensive Team member, Mummey had a junior campaign to remember, hitting .366 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 54 RBI in just 36 games after missing the first 28 games of the season due to an injury. A Gold Glove Award winner in 2009, Mummey has played in 145 games over the past three seasons, seeing most of his action as Auburn's everyday center fielder. For his three-year career he has hit .315 with 38 doubles, five triples and 36 home runs, driving in 119 RBI and scoring 161 runs. In the field he has a .983 career fielding percentage, committing just two errors over the past two seasons.
"I was a little surprised by the team that took me as I haven't really talked to them that much but it is exciting that they chose me," Mummey said. "You always dream of playing professional baseball and this is one step closer to fulfilling my dream. As a little kid you grow up watching Major League Baseball and watching all the pro guys play and you go in your back yard and dream of being one of those guys. It's exciting to have that opportunity."
Baltimore's selection of Mummey marked the first time he has been drafted in his career. It also marks the highest pick out of Auburn since Josh Donaldson was picked in the supplemental round by the Chicago Cubs in 2007, No. 48 overall.
The 2010 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, Morris led Auburn at the plate with a .386 batting average, 18 doubles, five triples, a single-season school-record 23 home runs and 76 RBI. He also scored 66 runs and had a .743 slugging percentage and a .455 on base percentage.
In three years at Auburn, he hit .345 with 40 doubles, seven triples and 46 home runs, driving in 158 RBI. This season he became just the second player in SEC history to be named the SEC Freshman of the Year and the SEC Player of the Year. Milwaukee's selection of Morris marks the second time that he was drafted after the Boston Red Sox selected him out of high school.
"Every part of baseball is a funny thing. No, I am not surprised (at not being selected until the fourth round). I have been through the process before having gone out of high school. I had high hopes that it would have happened earlier, but I am in a good situation and the Brewers are a great organization. It's an exciting opportunity so I am looking forward to see what the future has in store," Morris said.
Auburn has now had at least one player selected in the draft in each of the past 36 drafts, dating to the 1975 season. It is tied with Arkansas for the second-longest streak in the SEC behind Georgia's 38-year run.
TRENT MUMMEY (4TH ROUND / 118TH OVERALL / BALTIMORE) On the excitement of being drafted… "Now I am just ready to hopefully take that step forward and join a bunch of other great Auburn players that have played in the big leagues."
On finding out how he was selected…
"I was watching it online on the MLB Network and I was huddled around the computer with my family at my house. My name popped up and it was an exciting moment for me and my family. About five or ten minutes after I was drafted the area scout for the Orioles called me and congratulated me and told me they would get in touch with me after the draft."
On how special the 2010 season was at Auburn… "After the loss last night (in the NCAA Regional Championship game), I never really had that feeling before in an Auburn uniform. After every year, the season has ended in disappointment that we didn't make it to the post season. After last night, when we lost in front of all those fans, it was really hard to take the Auburn jersey off. We had a lot of expectations this year and we wanted to go out a little farther.
"We brought back the winning tradition to the Auburn baseball program and we instilled that into our younger players. They know what's expected of them. Hopefully they can keep that going. If this is my last year at Auburn, this is definitely the way I would have liked to have gone out. It was exciting to experience all the things that I did."
On the year as a whole…
"Coming back from my injury was really tough. I had a lot of expectations for the draft at the beginning of the year. You work really hard in the offseason, going up to the Cape (Cod League), showcasing your talent and then coming back and improving on the things you learned up there. When you work all offseason to get bigger, stronger, faster and a week before the season that gets all taken away from you is tough…Coming back after 28 games and doing the things I did was more for the Auburn family. I thought I had a lot to give to Auburn. I felt like I needed to come back and give a lot back to the team."
HUNTER MORRIS (4TH ROUND / 129TH OVERALL / MILWAUKEE) On going in the fourth round… "Every part of baseball is a funny thing. No, I am not surprised. I have been through the process before having gone out of high school. I had high hopes that it would have happened earlier, but I am in a good situation and it's a great organization, the Brewers. It's an exciting opportunity so I am looking forward to see what the future has in store."
On the Brewers interest in him…
"They had a lot of interest out of high school and I had a lot of good conversations with them this year. I knew they were in the mix.
There were a few teams that had some high interest, and they were definitely one of them, so it wasn't a surprise to me that they were the ones that stepped forward and took me there."
On possibly playing in his hometown of Huntsville in the minors… "I would like to do everything I could to not spend much time in Huntsville and see Milwaukee as fast as possible, but I think I could bring a lot to that part of the organization. A lot of people in Huntsville have followed me and my career now. It will be exciting to get back and play in front of those fans hopefully in the next year or so."
On where he was when he got drafted…
"I was actually driving to my house. I was on the phone with my dad.
We were sitting there with raised eyebrows saying 'What's going on' and all of a sudden he said, 'Congratulations.' I was like, 'What are you talking about?' and he told me I had just gotten drafted and it was by the Brewers and we were obviously excited and very relieved for it to be over with. It's behind us now and now it's time to get out and play and continue my baseball career."
On finishing his Auburn career…
"You look at the last three years and the trials and tribulations that this team and this group of guys has been put through, for us to finish the way we did, having such a great year has had a huge impact on my life. The way that such a tight-knit group that has been here through the struggles, for us to be able to put that kind of a season together is so exciting. With the way things ended up, obviously I wish we were still playing but the way this season shaped up was absolutely incredible."