Eleven AU players selected in 2010 MLB 1st-year Player Draft

Posted by: Chase Tidwell

AUBURN, AL (WSFA) - Seven more Auburn Tigers were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Justin Fradejas and Stephen Kohlscheen were two of many Tigers to hear their names called today, bringing Auburn's total of players drafted to 11.

The 11 players selected matches UCLA for the most players drafted out of a four-year university this year and also ties an SEC record for the most players drafted during the three-day draft, tying Georgia and Ole Miss from 2009.

Auburn outfielder Justin Fradejas was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 35th round after hitting .358 in his one season at Auburn. Fradejas led the Tigers with 14 stolen bases this year as well as contributing a team-high 15 bunt base hits and 10 sacrifice bunts. He maintained a .976 fielding percentage, while making spectacular catches in both right and centerfield throughout the season. Despite the Tigers loss in the NCAA Regional, Fradejas hit .450 with nine hits and eight runs scored and tying the team lead with seven RBI.

Auburn pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen was taken in the 45th round by the Seattle Mariners after his first season at Auburn. The 6' 6" right-hander went 1-0 with a 6.49 ERA this year, including two saves. He made 17 appearances for the Tigers, with all but two of them coming out of the bullpen. Kohlscheen retired the first hitter he faced 73 percent of the time and allowed only five of the 14 runners he inherited to score. His selection by Seattle marks the third time Kohlscheen has been drafted, after also being drafted in the 43rd round by Florida in 2007 and the 30th round by Philadelphia in 2009.

Five Auburn signees were also drafted as Andrew Morris (16th round by Milwaukee), Zach Alvord (18th round by Atlanta), Brandon Allen (18th round by San Francisco), Jay Gonzalez (27th round by Boston), and Bryce Lane (41st round by Houston) were all selected.

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