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2017 baseball recruiting thread (Class signed 11/9/16)

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17 hours ago, ellitor said:

From the official Auburn Athletics website we signed 14 not 12. And yes we signed 9 pitchers but two of them are also infielders when they do not Pitch. One of which won the Hitter of the Year award in the state of Alabama in Burns. So yes we signed 9 pitchers but we also signed 7 position players.

Ok, so really 7-9 pitchers and 5-7 position players depending where they end up. Is that normal?  Still seems high but as so said I'm ignorant on the subject. Do we need that many pitchers or did we just get the best players we could regardless of position?  

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On 11/11/2016 at 3:31 PM, WEagle24 said:

Do they think Burns is going to make it to AU or is he likely going straight to the pros?

 coaches usually don't express opinions on stuff like that openly and baseball is a sport that usually doesn't get much inside chatter on situations like that. So we don't know and likely won't know what the staf thinks. the only resource we have is draft projections. if he is projected high then you think he might be going pro

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On 11/11/2016 at 4:21 PM, FoundationEagle said:

Ok, so really 7-9 pitchers and 5-7 position players depending where they end up. Is that normal?  Still seems high but as so said I'm ignorant on the subject. Do we need that many pitchers or did we just get the best players we could regardless of position?  

 2 of the pictures can play other positions when they're not pitching so it's not a mutually exclusive thing with five to seven position players and 7-9 pitchers. If they do play other positions then you have 9 pitchers and 7 position players out of the 14 players that were signed. With baseball only having 11.7 scholarships to to divide up between 30 + players you don't sign players just because they're the best available. You sign what you believe you need. Each player you sign takes away a little bit of money unless he's a walk-on from other players you have signed that you were giving a scholarship to.

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On ‎11‎/‎13‎/‎2016 at 8:06 PM, ellitor said:

 2 of the pictures can play other positions when they're not pitching so it's not a mutually exclusive thing with five to seven position players and 7-9 pitchers. If they do play other positions then you have 9 pitchers and 7 position players out of the 14 players that were signed. With baseball only having 11.7 scholarships to to divide up between 30 + players you don't sign players just because they're the best available. You sign what you believe you need. Each player you sign takes away a little bit of money unless he's a walk-on from other players you have signed that you were giving a scholarship to.

JMO but pitching was our biggest need and generally you can't have too many good pitchers. But we lost some good bats from last year (if not good gloves) so it's  hard to tell where the runs will come from.

A question:   What's the situation with Keegan Thompson these days?    Will he be 100% ?

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2 hours ago, AU64 said:

What's the situation with Keegan Thompson these days?    Will he be 100% ?

From last month

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Now healthy, RHP Keegan Thompson set to throw first pitch of Auburn’s fall practice

 Josh Vitale | AU Writer

Auburn right-hander Keegan Thompson, pictured in 2015, is back at full health this fall. He missed all of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. 

When the Auburn University baseball team takes the field at Plainsman Park for its first scrimmage of the fall on Friday, Keegan Thompson will throw the first pitch.

“With what he's done with his body and how hard he's worked,” coach Butch Thompson said prior to the Tigers’ first official practice on Thursday, “he needs to be rewarded.”

It’s been a long road to this point for the junior right-hander who, because of Tommy John surgery, is approaching 17 months since he last threw a pitch in a game for Auburn.

After a freshman season which he went 5-3 with a 2.01 ERA, Thompson was quickly developing into an ace for the Tigers. He started his second season on the Plains the same way he ended his first, going 7-2 with a 2.84 ERA over his first nine starts.

But Thompson left an April 18, 2015, start against Ole Miss after two innings with soreness in his right elbow, and he didn’t pitch again until Auburn’s regular-season finale. The right-hander pitched two innings in that game and 2 1/3 more against Mercer to save the Tigers’ only win of the NCAA Regionals.

On June 23, 2015, a little less than two months after Auburn’s season ended in a loss to Charleston, Thompson went under the knife.

And on Thursday, a little more than 15 months later, Thompson got back to business.

“Rehab went fine, so we’re just getting out and starting a new fall,” the right-hander said, seeming to downplay his return to the mound. “My arm is feeling good now. Everybody is in kind of the same spot right now, pitches-wise. We all started throwing back in September, we’re all excited to start throwing again.”

After a redshirt year last season, Thompson has come back to the Tigers a veteran. He’s already felt himself becoming a vocal leader, something he described as “weird.”

“I’ve always tried to lead by example and by work ethic,” he continued, “so it’s a new thing for me.”

In some ways, he’s the perfect fit for that role. On a team that features 20 new players to go along with 22 returners, Thompson could almost be considered the bridge between the two factions. He’s entering his fourth year at Auburn, but at the same, he’s never played a game for second-year coach Thompson.

“I think our players are hungry,” the coach said entering his first fall on the Plains. “We have a lot of room for improvement, not just a little bit. We have to continue to grow and be competitive. We’ve given no days away, and I think it’s helped us cherish a fall practice where sometimes a program that has been doing the same thing for a long time gets into a routine.

“We really attacked this first phase and I don’t want to let off the gas pedal for a second heading into fall practice.”

There’s a chance Keegan Thompson could have returned late last season for the Tigers. He might have been able to get a few innings under his belt, and those innings might have been enough to put him on a few organization’s MLB draft radar.

 

 

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