Auburn's Varnadore drafted by Marlins

Derek Varnadore (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)
Derek Varnadore (Photo Credit: Auburn University/Todd Van Emst)

Junior right-hander Derek Varnadore was the third Auburn baseball player selected in Tuesday's Major League Baseball Draft as the Florida Marlins took him in the 17th round with pick No. 523.

Transferring to Auburn for the 2011 season from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Varnadore was the ace of the Auburn pitching staff last year, leading the team in wins (six), ERA (3.68), strike outs (74) and innings (88.0). A 6-4 hurler, he led the staff with six quality starts, throwing two complete games, including a shutout in his second outing of the season and a shutout of Georgia in May.

For Varnadore, this was the first time he was drafted in his career. He joined Dan Gamache (sixth round, Pittsburgh) and Casey McElroy (11th round, San Diego) as current Auburn baseball players to be drafted on Tuesday, which is rounds 2-30 of the 50-round draft.

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