Recap and Reaction: Seven Current Tigers, Five Signees Selected in MLB DraftJune 7, 2018
Following Casey Mize’s selection on Monday night by the Detroit Tigers, six more Tigers were drafted by Major League Baseball clubs on Wednesday, in addition to five signees. Seven current players drafted is the second highest in program history
Junior Casey Mize became the first ever Auburn Tiger to be selected first overall in the MLB Draft on Monday night. After a near-quiet Tuesday, six current players heard their names called during the final day of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday, as well as four signees.
CASEY MIZE- RHP- JR- SPRINGVILLE, ALABAMA
ROUND 1, PICK 1 OF THE DETROIT TIGERS
We knew that it was coming, but we still got chills when we heard that Casey Mize, one of the best athletes to ever call the Plains home, was selected first overall by the Detroit Tigers. In a room surrounded by his teammates, family, and coaches, Mize watched the big screen located in the Auburn Athletics Complex as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, called his name. He immediately stood up and hugged his parents, who were sitting on either side of him.
Following the announcement of his name, and the brief interview that was conducted from the MLB Network, Mize stood before the most important people in his life, and thanked them for helping him get to where he is today.
That is a sign of a “true Auburn man.”
With Mize being selected number one, there’s a 99.9999999% chance that the 2018 season will be his last in an Auburn uniform. The Detroit Tigers had $8,096,300 of pick value to use on their first selection. Will Mize get all of that? No clue. But he is expected to receive a hefty paycheck very soon.
— Casey Mize (@caseymize04) June 5, 2018
DAVIS DANIEL- RHP- SOPH.- MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA
ROUND 11, PICK 335 OF THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS
The first Auburn Tiger taken on the third day of the MLB Draft was pitcher, Davis Daniel. Daniel, who began his career at Auburn as a weekend starter, but was ultimately used as a bullpen arm towards the end of the 2018 regular season.
According to Matthew Stevens of the Montgomery Advertiser, there is no word on if Daniel will entertain the offer by the Brewers at this point.
Spoke to Daniel's father Rusty again today. Davis and his family were surprised he was drafted in the as high as the 11th round. Daniel and the family's advisor have $ number in mind but it's "significantly higher" than the base $125,000. Daniel's plan is to still go to the Cape. https://t.co/LsXMJZ1bzu
— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 7, 2018
BRENDAN VENTER- IF- JR.- FLOWER MOUND, TEXAS
ROUND 13, PICK 382 OF THE ATLANTA BRAVES
The 2018 Auburn Tigers had a healthy mix of veterans, freshmen, and junior college transfers in the lineup throughout the season. Brendan Venter had more than his fair share of contributions to the club this season.
A native of Flower Mound, Texas, and a transplant from McLennan Junior College in Waco, Venter is an active member of the double-digit home run club. In 63 games, Venter has hit 12 home runs and has driven in 45 RBI.
Venter’s decision is expected to be made in the coming days.
— McLennan Athletics (@McLennanSports) June 6, 2018
ANDREW MITCHELL- LHP- SR.- NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
ROUND 14, PICK 410 OF THE NEW YORK METS
Since earning a regular spot as the “game three” weekend starting pitcher for the Tigers, senior Andrew Mitchell has been lights out. In 9 starts, Mitchell has struck out a career-best 54 batters in 46 innings.
Mitchell also has an incredible backstory. He signed with the hometown LSU Tigers out of high school but was cut from the team. He then went to junior college in New Orleans, before finding a home in Auburn. In his final regular-season start at Plainsman Park, Mitchell struck out nine batters over seven innings in a 14-5 win over… LSU.
Thank you to all those who reached out to me for the support! I’m excited to start the next chapter of my life as a New York Met! This has been a dream come true and I couldn’t have done this without @3strikes_AU or @AuburnBaseball #WarEagle
— Andrew Mitchell (@AMitchell_41) June 6, 2018
CALVIN COKER- RHP- SR.- RANGER, TEXAS
ROUND 15, PICK 443 OF THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS
One of the more hard-throwing bullpen arms over the last two seasons has been Calvin Coker. Another junior college transfer, Coker has struck out 95 batters and has a 4.31 ERA in two seasons.
Thank you to the @Athletics for making my childhood dream a reality. It feels like a dream.
— Calvin Coker (@calvin_coker) June 6, 2018
LUKE JARVIS- IF- SR.- SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
ROUND 25, PICK 747 OF THE MIAMI MARLINS
When Tiger fans think of Luke Jarvis, the word “defense” is usually the first word to pop into their minds. After a stint at Saddleback Community College in California, Jarvis has made the most of his two seasons on the Plains. A battle with back spasms late in 2017 only allowed him to make 48 starts, but he has bounced back and has formed one of the toughest middle-infield duos in college baseball with shortstop Will Holland. In 2018, Jarvis has a fielding percentage of .977 with only five errors.
— Luke Jarvis (@Luke_Jarvis9) June 6, 2018
BRETT WRIGHT- C- JR.- NEW CANEY, TEXAS
ROUND 26, PICK 776 OF THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS
The final Tiger on the current roster that was taken on Wednesday was Brett Wright. Wright is another JUCO product to make an immediate impact with Auburn, joining the likes of Brendan Venter, Will Holland, Steven Williams, and Edouard Julien as those players with at least 10 home runs. Wright has smashed 11 long balls and has recorded 45 RBI.
More information on Wright’s decision is expected to be announced soon.
RYAN BLISS- TROUP HIGH SCHOOL- LAGRANGE, GEORGIA
ROUND 30, PICK 910 OF THE BOSTON RED SOX
Ryan Bliss has been committed to Auburn for a while now. He was one of five signees that were also drafted this week and could make a quick impact in the Auburn infield over the next few seasons.
Good news for Auburn fans, as Bliss made his decision on his future before he was even drafted by the Red Sox.
Auburn. See you in a few weeks 🐯
— Ryan Bliss (@ribliss2) June 6, 2018
BLAKE RIVERA- RHP- SMITHS STATION, ALABAMA
ROUND 4, PICK 106 OF THE SAN FRANSISCO GIANTS
The San Francisco Giants have their mind made up, they really want Blake Rivera to join the club.
Last season, Rivera turned down the 32nd round pick by the Giants to return to Wallace State Community College in Hanceville. He has signed with Auburn, but with the 106th pick slotted as earning just over $500k, it seems as if the reigning Alabama Community College Conference pitcher of the year has some thinking to do. He is known to have a killer curveball and is not the only former Wallace State pitcher to catch the eye of the MLB scouts.
Congrats to Blake Rivera for being drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 4th round! He's the highest draft pick from @WallaceBaseball since Craig Kimbrel was drafted in the 3rd round in 2008. https://t.co/9DP51ljoGh
— Wallace State (@wallacestate) June 5, 2018
KASON HOWELL- OF- ARGYLE, TEXAS
ROUND 20, PICK 610 OF THE BOSTON RED SOX
Howell hits for average and has a nice set of wheels. His senior year stats at Liberty Christian High School in Argyle, Texas were astonishing. He hit .462 with 39 RBI and 40 stolen bases. According to an article by the Denton Record-Chronicle, Howell was on a tractor when he heard the news that he was drafted by the Red Sox.
Howell will make a decision regarding his future soon.
— Dr. David F. Wolf (@DavidFWolf) June 7, 2018
DEVIN WARNER- IF- CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA
ROUND 30, PICK 909 TO THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
The second pick of the 2018 MLB Draft from Cartersville High School, just north of Atlanta, is Devin Warner. Warner’s teammate, Anthony Seigler, was taken 23rd overall by the New York Yankees on Monday. An interesting note about Warner’s selection is that he was taken one pick prior than fellow Auburn signee, Ryan Bliss. The two played together for the East Cobb Yankees, and are expected to be roommates at Auburn, according to Nicholas Sullivan of the Daily Tribune in Bartow County, Georgia.
Sullivan also confirmed that Warner will be enrolling at Auburn, and will play for Coach Butch Thompson.
2nd Hurricane draftee of the week! Devin Warner was selected in the 30th Round by the Arizona Diamondbacks! pic.twitter.com/ZV05HH7mSc
— CartersvilleBaseball (@CHSHurricaneBSB) June 6, 2018
GARRETT WADE- LHP- HARTSELLE, ALABAMA
ROUND 38, PICK 1140 OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYS
The Gatorade High School Player of the Year for Alabama has signed with Auburn, and it looks like it will stay that way. The Hartselle native took to Twitter on Wednesday to announce that he is looking forward to pitching at Auburn for the next 3-4 years.
The fact that Wade is staying is huge for Auburn. He finished his senior season with a 0.90 ERA with 109 strikeouts, and his fastball clocking in between 90-93 miles per hour. He will join an already young, impressive pitching staff consisting of Cody Greenhill and Tanner Burns, among others.
Just spoke to Hartselle H.S. LHP Garrett Wade and he confirmed that "I'm definitely coming to Auburn". The 2018 Gatorade High School Player of the Year turned down "a few calls and significant offers" from MLB clubs but said nobody got close to his $ number. #MGMAuburn #MLBDraft https://t.co/uaA3JHnolG
— Matthew Stevens (@matthewcstevens) June 7, 2018
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