Auburn's Gamache drafted by Pittsburgh

Dan Gamache (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)
Dan Gamache (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)

Junior Dan Gamache was the first pick of the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Pirates on day two of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft on Tuesday. He was pick No. 182 overall and the first Auburn player drafted this season.

A left-handed hitter, he hit .299 this past season with 13 doubles, two triples and five home runs, driving in 29 RBI and scoring 35 runs while being utilized mostly as the team's designated hitter.

Listed as a third baseman by Pittsburgh in the draft, he has hit .337 during his career with 31 doubles, three triples, 16 home runs and 77 RBI, scoring 97 runs. He has a career .535 slugging percentage and a .438 career on-base percentage, playing in 134 games over three years with 120 starts.

This is the first time Gamache has been drafted in his career.

Auburn has now had at least one player selected in the draft in each of the past 37 drafts, dating to the 1975 season. It is tied with Arkansas for the second-longest streak in the SEC behind Georgia's 39-year run.