Auburn's McElroy drafted by Padres

Casey McElroy (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)
Casey McElroy (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)

Junior infielder Casey McElroy was the 11th-round pick of the San Diego Padres in Tuesday's Major League Baseball Draft. Pick No. 353 overall, he was the second Auburn baseball player chosen in the draft following Dan Gamache's sixth-round selection.

A First Team All-SEC selection in 2011, McElroy had one of the finest offensive seasons in the SEC this season, finishing the regular season ranked in the top 10 in eight offensive categories (Batting Avg. - .370- 3rd; Slugging Pct. - .564 - 5th; Hits - 87 - 1st; RBI - 53 - T5th; Doubles - 18 - T8th; Home Runs - 9 - T5th; Total Bases - 132 - 4th; Sac Flies - 6 - T4th).

An everyday starter at short for the past three seasons, McElroy owns a .330 lifetime batting average in 170 games, collecting 42 doubles, two triples and 25 home runs, driving in 131 RBI and scoring 127 runs.

Included in that is 62 multi-hit games and 33 multi-RBI games.

A Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2009, this is the first time he has been drafted in his career.

Auburn has 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.

It is also the fifth straight season that multiple players have been drafted off of Auburn's team.

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