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The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part Two

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milb logoThere are currently two former Auburn players that are in the major leagues, Josh Donaldson and Grant Dayton, but there are ten former Tigers that are working their way up through the minor leagues. Unlike professional football and basketball, a contract does not guarantee big money with the big boys. After being drafted and/or signed, a player is assigned to a minor league affiliate for the major league club that holds their contract- single A is the lowest level, followed by single-A advanced, double-A and triple A. If you haven’t read the first Auburn Baseball Farm Report, click here to view it. Here’s a look at the rest of the former Tigers in the minor leagues that are working towards getting a call-up to the majors:

 

Dan GamacheDan Gamache was drafted out of Auburn in the 6th round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Gamache signed with the Pirates organization after his junior year at Auburn, a season in which he hit .299 with five homers and 29 RBI. The Auburn third baseman’s sophomore season grabbed the most attention from fans and scouts when he hit a remarkable .365 with eight home runs and 37 RBI. After spending part of 2011 in at a short season team, Gamache was initially placed at the Pirates single-A affiliate in Charleston, West Virginia to begin the 2012 season. Gamache made it to the Pirates triple-A team in Indianapolis, Indiana to begin the 2015 season, but was released by the team in September of 2016. On December 15th, 2016, the Minnesota Twins signed the free agent to a minor league contract and assigned him to their double-A team in Chattanooga, Tennessee to begin the 2017 season. Gamache is currently batting .207 with 29 RBI.

 

Anfernee GrierA name that many Auburn baseball fans recognize is Anfernee Grier. Grier, who was liked by many MLB scouts for his speed, was a Collective Bargaining Agreement pick (between 1st and 2nd rounds) in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The speedy center fielder batted .336 with 12 homers and 41 RBI in his junior and final season at Auburn before signing with the Diamondbacks. After being drafted, Grier played rookie ball then was placed at the Diamondbacks Single-A affiliate in Geneva, Illinois to begin the 2017 season. In his first full season in the minor leagues, the Russell County native is batting .271 with 14 RBI and 14 stolen bases.

 

Stephen KohlscheenStephen Kohlscheen came to Auburn for a year after transferring from Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas before being drafted in the 2010 MLB Draft. In his one and only year at Auburn, Kohlscheen held a 1-0 record 6.49 ERA in 17 appearances (2 of them starts). Kohlscheen was drafted in the 45th round of the 2010 draft by the Seattle Mariners, then was assigned to the Mariners single-A team in Clinton, Iowa to start the 2011 season. On July 31st, 2014, the Mariners traded Kohlscheen to the San Diego Padres where he was placed on their triple-A team in El Paco, Texas. After struggling in triple-A, the Padres sent the right hander down to their double-A team in San Antonio, Texas in June of 2015. Kohlscheen was then released by the Padres on March 26, 2016, but just three days later, the Milwaukee Brewers signed Kohlscheen and assigned him to their double-A team in Biloxi, Mississippi. Kohlscheen was invited to Brewers spring training before the 2017 MLB season, then began the 2017 season at the Brewers triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, Colorado. So far this year, Kohlscheen holds a 1-0 record and a 5.68 ERA in Colorado Springs.

 

Trey WingenterTrey Wingenter was drafted out of Auburn after his junior season in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. In his junior season at Auburn, Wingenter posted a 1-6 record and a 4.28 ERA before signing with the Padres. After playing in a Padres rookie league in 2015, The Madison, Alabama native was assigned to the Mariners single-A advanced team in Lake Elsinore, California to begin the 2016 season. Wingenter is currently pitching for the Padre’s double-A team in San Antonio, Texas and has a 2-0 record and a 2.28 ERA so far this season.

 

Be sure to keep an eye out for these Auburn baseball alumni as they continue on the road to the show. If you have not read “The Auburn Farm Report: Part One” featuring Justin Camp, Trey Cochran-Gill, Garrett Cooper, Damek Tomscha, and Joshua Palacios, be sure to check it out.

 

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 68 Danny Lindsey

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We are 68 days away from Auburn kickoff and today we recognize #68 Danny Lindsey.

Danny Lindsey played center and guard on Auburn’s offense from 2001-2004. He played in 44 games, starting 40 of them in his career. The Douglas, Georgia native started every game at center during the 2003 season and moved to right guard and started every game during Auburn’s undefeated 2004 season.

War Eagle Danny!

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 69 Ben Grubbs

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Ben Grubbs

We are 69 days away from the season opener, and in continuing our celebration for former players, we are honoring offensive guard #69 Ben Grubbs. While attending Elmore County High School in Eclectic, Alabama, during his junior season he totaled 110 tackles, four sacks, and an interception as a defensive tackle. During his senior season, he registered 150 tackles, six sacks, and one interception; he also played fullback, rushing for 130 yards, and had two touchdowns. During his time in high school, he also was a four-year starter on the basketball team. In the undefeated 2004 season here at Auburn, he started all 13 games. He helped Auburn rack up 404 yards of offense against Georgia, and was named the Most Improved Offensive Linemen by the coaching staff. During the 2005 season, he played in and started all 12 games. He was part of the offensive line that helped Auburn running backs gather 388 yards and six touchdowns versus Kentucky. Overall, Ben played in 37 games, starting 25 of those. Ben graduated from Auburn University in the spring of 2006 with a degree in Business. Grubbs was drafted in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, where he played five years. He then went on to play three years with the New Orleans Saints before being traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played for one season. War Eagle Ben!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 71 Willie Anderson

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Willie_171 days till the beginning of Auburn football and today we look at offensive tackle, Willie Anderson. Born in Mobile, AL, Anderson played at Vigor High School. Anderson came to Auburn in 1993 and played till 1995 while majoring in marketing. After college, Anderson was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 10th overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft and was voted into 4 Pro Bowls, as well as being awarded first-team All-Pro 3 times in his professional career. He played a total of 13 seasons in the NFL and out of his 195 games he started 184.

 

After his professional career, Anderson helped work with the Cincinnati Bengals during training camp, as well as helping the staff at Georgia Tech. This year Anderson has been seen at his old high school teaching young aspiring offensive linemen.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 72 Shon Coleman

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Only seventy-two more days until Auburn football!

Today, we commemorate Shon Coleman, a notable wearer of jersey number seventy-two during his time at Auburn between 2011 and 2015.

Coleman not only had to overcome the obstacles of football, however. In Spring 2010, a few months after signing with Auburn, Shon was diagnosed with leukemia, and underwent treatment at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

After Coleman was cleared for limited practice in 2012, he did not see any game time due to being redshirted. Luckily, the NCAA granted him an extra year of eligibility, leaving him four years left to play.

In 2013, Coleman played in seven games, earning his first varsity letter after three years away from the sport battling leukemia. In the 2014 season, he played in all thirteen games at left tackle, while also earning SEC Academic Honor Roll. By his senior year, he was a second-year starter, and was invited to the Senior Bowl.

The Cleveland Browns selected Coleman in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. On June 6th, he signed a four-year contract with the Browns. Coleman began the regular season as the backup right tackle to Austin Pasztor.

War Eagle Shon!

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 73 Lee Ziemba

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Only 73 short days until Auburn football!

Today we honor a notable number 73; Lee Ziemba.

The Rogers, Arkansas native went to Rogers High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2007. Ziemba holds the Auburn record for consecutive starts at 52 as he started every game of his career. Ziemba became the sixth lineman in AU history to win the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2010. Ziemba was a staple on the Auburn offensive line throughout his career and a big part of the offense that became the first AU team to ever rush for 300 yards or more in six straight SEC games during the 2010 season. He was a member of the 2010 SEC Champion and 2010 National Champion Auburn team.

Following his graduation from Auburn, Ziemba was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

War Eagle Lee!

Lee Ziemba

The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part One

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milb logoThere are currently two former Auburn players that are in the major leagues, Josh Donaldson and Grant Dayton, but there are nine former Tigers that are working their way up through the minor leagues. Unlike professional football and basketball, a contract does not guarantee big money with the big boys. After being drafted and/or signed, a player is assigned to a minor league affiliate for the major league club that holds their contract- single A is the lowest level, followed by single-A advanced, double-A and triple A. Here’s a look at the former Tigers in the minor leagues that are working towards getting a call-up to the majors:

 

Justin CampFollowing his senior year at Auburn, right handed pitcher Justin Camp was drafted in the 37th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. Camp pitched all four years at Auburn from 2013-2016 and was most impressive as a junior, when he posted a 2.33 ERA in 28 appearances out of the bullpen. In his senior year, Camp transitioned into a starting role and recorded a 3-5 record and a 4.43 ERA in 14 starts. The Royals initially assigned Camp to their single-A affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky to begin the 2017 season, then promoted him to their single-A advanced team in Wilmington, Delaware. So far this season, the Decatur native holds a 0-0 record and a 1.54 ERA.

 

Trey Cochran-GillIn 2014, Trey Cochran-Gill, who is a native of Tallassee, was drafted out of Auburn in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners. Cochran-Gill left Auburn after his junior year to sign with the Mariners in 2014, a year in which the right hander posted a 3.41 ERA in 28 relief appearances. In 2015, the Mariners promoted Cochran-Gill from their single-A team in Bakersfield, California to their double-A in Jackson, Mississippi, then to their triple-A affiliate in Tacoma, Washington for one game. However, the Mariners traded Trey to the Oakland Athletics organization on December 8th, 2015 where he was placed on the roster for their double-A team in Midland, Texas and held a 4-5 record and a 3.07 ERA. After starting this season on the disabled list, the Mariners sent Cochran-Gill down to single-A ball in Stockton, Indiana.

 

Garrett CooperAnother Tiger working his way through the minor leagues is Garrett Cooper. Cooper transferred to Auburn from El Camino Community College to play his junior and senior years at Auburn. In his senior year, the Auburn first baseman hit .354 with seven homers and 37 RBI. His outstanding play earned him a 6th round selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2013 MLB Draft. The Brewers initially placed him at their single-A team in Oshkosh, Wisconsin after signing with the team, but Cooper has worked his way through the Brewers farm system to the Brewers triple-A team in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he is currently knocking the cover off the ball hitting .362 with 11 homers and 56 RBI.

 

Damek TomschaAnother corner infielder working his way to the show is third baseman Damek Tomscha. Tomscha transferred to Auburn from Iowa Western Community College to play his junior and senior seasons. In his senior season in 2014, Tomscha hit .313 with five home runs and 29 RBI. He was then drafted that summer by the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies and assigned to the Phillies single-A team in Lakewood, New Jersey. At the beginning of the 2016 season, Tomscha was promoted to the single-A advanced team in Clearwater, Florida. Tomscha is still in Clearwater and is currently hitting .296 with seven homers and 32 RBI this season.

 

Joshua PalaciosFormer Auburn center fielder Joshua Palacios was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Palavios only played one year at Auburn after transferring from San Jacinto College, then left Auburn after he was drafted to sign with the Blue Jays organization. He was first assigned to the Blue Jays single-A affiliate in Lansing, Michigan and after some brief stints in Blue Jays rookie leagues, returned to Lansing to begin his 2017 campaign. This year for the Lugnuts, Palacios is hitting a tough .195 with 14 RBI.

 

The road to the show is not always an easy one, but be sure to keep an eye out for these Auburn baseball alumni in the majors in the coming years. On Friday, five more Auburn players that are currently in the minor leagues will be in the spotlight in “The Auburn Baseball Farm Report: Part Two” right here on espnau.com

 

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Days to Auburn Kickoff: 74 Jamar Travis

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Tiger Track Classic on Saturday, April 7, 2012 in Auburn, AL. Missy Hazeldine

The season opener versus Georgia Southern is getting closer, and we are honoring former players. Today we are showing appreciation for former defensive lineman #74 Jamar Travis. While attending W.S. Neal High School in Brewton, Alabama, in his junior season he had 60 tackles (including 20 tackles for loss and four sacks). He was named a PrepStar All-American, and was First Team All-State. In the 2010 season at Auburn, Jamar appeared in 14 games. He logged tackles against the University of Louisiana at Monroe and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was a part of the special teams in the Iron Bowl and in SEC Championship win against South Carolina. Jamar also had a tackle during the BCS National Championship win over Oregon. During the 2011 season, he played in all 13 games. While attending Auburn University, Jamar pursued a degree in Public Administration. War Eagle Jamar!

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 75 Brandon Mosley

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5543267Brandon Mosley came to Auburn in 2010 as a transfer and immediately played his role. Coming in from Coffeyville Community College, Mosley started in 11 straight games and appeared in 14. Filling in for an injured Lee Ziemba against Mississippi State and an injured A.J. Greene versus South Carolina earned him his big break. Mosley helped Auburn’s offensive line rush for 190 yards against MSU and earned his first start against South Carolina where the Tigers racked up 334 rushing yards and 492 total yards. He helped the Tigers set all-time high points versus an SEC team when they scored 65 points against Arkansas. In the SEC Championship Game vs. South Carolina, Mosley helped Auburn rack up 589 yards total offense with 238 yards rushing and 351 passing. The Tigers set a record for most points in a quarter after scoring 21 points in the first.

After helping Auburn win the National Championship against Oregon, Brandon Mosley was drafted as the 131st pick in round four of the NFL Draft to the New York Giants. He started in one game and played in 22 games before being listed as injured by the Giants. Mosley is currently a free agent.

Days to Auburn Kickoff: 76 Tim Duckworth

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Tim Duckworth pic76 days away from the start of Auburn football and today we look at offensive guard, Tim Duckworth. Duckworth played for Taylorsville High School in Mississippi and lined up on both sides of the ball. While in high school, Duckworth was ranked among the top 15 offensive linemen in the nation by Rivals100.com. Duckworth started playing for the Tigers in 2003 at reserve defensive tackle and ended his career in Auburn in the 2005 season playing offensive guard. While playing for the Tigers, Duckworth received the honors of repeating as an All-SEC second team choice by the media and in 2006 was awarded first-team honors from the league’s coaches.

 

Duckworth was majoring in adult education at Auburn and was later signed by the Denver Broncos in 2007. He also spent a little time on the practice squads of the New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, and the Carolina Panthers.