A week ago, Auburn was working on flushing a gut wrenching loss to Mississippi State. This Monday finds the Tigers back in Auburn and working forward to next season and this morning, the Tigers got news on who would be joining them on the field for the 2020 season. Two current Auburn Tigers and one that would have been have decided to test the pro baseball world as Will Holland and Elliott Anderson signed with the teams that drafted them (Minnesota and Kansas City respectively), while 2019 signee seems to have made his decision to sign with Baltimore. We wish all of them well and nothing but the best in the big leagues. Make us proud boys!
On to the good news for next season! Auburn got back to back announcements from Edouard Julien and Jack Owen on Monday.
This is huge news for the Tigers, as it means they will return all but 57 of their 606 hits and 9 of the 50 Home Runs they hit as a team on offense while on the bump, the Tigers will get back all but 77 innings that were pitched this season (Anderson and Blake Schilleci who graduated) (Auburn pitching went through 598.1 innings this season). Auburn is sure to see some transfers in the offseason as well, but the eight fielders could already be set with a little shuffling.
- 1B- Conor Davis (has played it in the past and would be the DH if not)
- 2B- Edouard Julien (was originally recruited as at 2B and is his natural position)
- SS- Ryan Bliss (was being groomed to take over for Holland when it was apparent he would be gone for next season)
- 3B- Rankin Woley (played 3B up until this season when he took over at 1st)
The outfield will remain the same so that would leave the DH position open for the best bat in the fall.
On the mound…this is exciting. Look for Tanner Burns to be the ace with Jack Owen holding down Saturdays and then it’s a pick your poison, Bailey Horn, Richard Fitts, Brooks Fuller, Carson Skipper or perhaps someone else like a Garrett Wade or newcomers like Hayden Mullins could come in and contribute as well. We will dive in deeper later this summer but know that 2020 just got better for Auburn on both sides of the ball.