Former Auburn pitcher throws career-high strikeouts

He currently has a 3.27 ERA in 2022.

Former Auburn pitcher [autotag]Keegan Thompson[/autotag] wasn’t giving any mercy from the bump on Friday.

Thompson, who currently pitches for the Chicago Cubs, sat down a career-high nine batters in one game against the Atlanta Braves. Thompson pitched six innings on the mound and gave up just two hits to help propel the Cubs over the defending World Series champions 1-0. Despite the win, the Cubs are still struggling — the win brings them to 24-40 on the year.

The Alabama native was stellar at Auburn, finishing his career on the Plains with a 2.46 ERA and a 19-10 record over 46 appearances. Thompson also sat down 210 batters over 252.2 innings pitched. His ERA in 2017 also ranked sixth across all pitchers in the SEC. He was drafted by the Cubs in 2017 and was promoted to the bigs in May 2021.

So far in his MLB career, Thompson has a 3.32 ERA in 47 appearances with the Cubs. He currently boasts a 6-2 record and a 3.27 ERA in 15 games for 2020, but he’s also given up 45 hits in those 15 games — he only gave up 48 hits across 32 games in 2021, so that is likely an area he’ll look to improve on as he continues his tenure in the Windy City this year,

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Auburn pitcher gets the call to join the Los Angeles Angels

Daniel joins Keegan Thompson and Casey Mize as a member of Auburn’s 2017 starting rotation to get called up to the majors.

A key piece to Auburn’s stout pitching rotations in 2017 and 2018 is getting his chance to shine in the Major Leagues.

[autotag]Davis Daniel[/autotag], who was a starting pitcher for the Tigers from 2017-19, has been called up by the Los Angeles Angels and will be a part of the active roster for Saturday night’s game against the New York Mets in Anaheim, California.

Daniel, who is celebrating his 25th birthday on Saturday, says that he got the call from the manager of the Angels’ triple-A affiliate, Lou Marson, at 1 a.m. MDT, and was on a flight from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles at 8 a.m. MDT, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic.

In nine starts on the mound for the triple-A Salt Lake Bees, Daniel posted a  3-1 record with a 3.64 ERA and 38 strikeouts in 47.0 innings. It is unclear at the time of this post if Daniel will join the Angels rotation, or will be used as a bullpen arm.

Daniel was very instrumental during a significant era of Auburn pitching. In 2017, he was used as the Sunday starter in a weekend rotation that featured current Cubs starter [autotag]Keegan Thompson[/autotag] and Tigers starter [autotag]Casey Mize[/autotag]. Then, in 2018, he returned to the rotation with Mize as they added [autotag]Tanner Burns[/autotag] to the mix, who was later drafted by the Cleveland Indians with the No. 36 overall selection in 2020.

Prior to being taken in the 7th round by the Angels in 2019, Daniel made 37 career appearances and 27 starts for Auburn, where he posted a 7-7 record and 5.37 ERA to go along with 135 strikeouts in 139.0 innings.

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Former Auburn pitcher to have Tommy John surgery

He only has made two starts this year.

A former Auburn pitcher will have to wait to get back on the MLB diamond.

Detroit Tigers pitcher [autotag]Casey Mize[/autotag], who was the first overall pick in the 2018 MLB draft, will have to undergo Tommy John surgery according to Detroit manager A.J. Hinch. Mize had only pitched in two games in 2022, posting an 0-1 record with a 5.40 ERA and four strikeouts.

Mize was a star at Auburn, finishing his career in The Plains with a 2.96 ERA, 324 strikeouts and a 20-13 record. His best season in Detroit came in 2021, when he posted a 3.71 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 30 appearances. Aside from that season, though, he’s only played nine games in the other two years. Mize has been out of commission since April due to ongoing elbow issues.

Tommy John surgery, which is done on the elbow, usually requires at least a year of recovery for pitchers. Hinch confirmed that although the ligament is not torn, it has lost its elasticity and will require surgery. It will be some time before Mize can get back on the diamond, but Tigers fans in both the MLB and in The Plains will be eagerly awaiting his return.

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Update on former Auburn Tigers in MLB through May 26

A look at how Josh Donaldson and the quartet of former Tigers are doing in MLB this season.

The Auburn Tigers baseball squad is waiting to find out where they will play in the NCAA Regionals. It has been a good season for the team, including for newcomer Sonny DiChiara who won SEC co-player of the year.

They aren’t the only Tigers having success this year. Four former Tigers on Major League Baseball rosters are doing their part as well. Prior to the season, Josh Donaldson was dealt from Minnesota to the New York Yankees and he made an impact immediately.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Casey Mize hasn’t had the season he was expecting, mostly due to injuries that he is dealing with. He has made just two starts for the team.

We look at the former players through the first two months of the MLB season.

Garrett Cooper, First Baseman: Miami Marlins

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Stats through May 26

Games PA AB BA OBP HIts HRs RBIs
39 155 133 .263 .348 35 2 15

Josh Donaldson, Third Baseman: New York Yankees

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Stats through May 26

Games PA AB BA OBP Hits HRs RBIs
37 152 130 .238 .349 31 5 15

Next, a look at the pitchers

Former Auburn pitcher throwing lights out at Wrigley Field

Former Auburn pitcher Keegan Thompson shining so far this season for the Chicago Cubs.

According to the Marquee Sports Network, former Auburn pitcher and Cubs pitcher Keegan Thompson has flourished on the mound so far this season. He has pitched 21.2 innings in Wrigley Field this season. He has an astounding 0.83 ERA (earned run average) and 22 strikeouts. Overall, he is 3-0 with a 1.41 ERA.

In his time at Auburn, he had a 19-10 record with a 2.46 ERA. Thompson had his best season as a junior when he posted a 7-4 record with a solid 2.41 ERA. Following his junior season, he decided to declare for the 2017 MLB draft. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the third round.

The native of Cullman, Alabama has continued his success at the next level. In two seasons on the Cubs’ major league roster, he has a 6-3 record with a 2.64 ERA. As of right now, he leads the team in wins on the mound. He also has the lowest ERA out of all the starting pitchers on the Cubs roster. The organization hasn’t had a ton of success as they currently sit at third in the National League Central with a 15-20 record. However, the Auburn alumnus continues to bring the pain on the mound.

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WATCH: Former Tiger Josh Donaldson walks it off with the Yankees

Former Tigers third-baseman ends Yankees-Red Sox game in stellar fashion.

One former Tigers’ baseball player shined in his first game with his new team. Current third baseman and leadoff hitter for the New York Yankees, [autotag]Josh Donaldson[/autotag] ended their game against the Boston Red Sox in style this afternoon.

With a runner on second base in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Josh Donaldson came through in the clutch. In one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports, Donaldson delivered with a walk-off single. It gave the Yankees the 6-5 win over the Red Sox in game one of their three-game series. The Yankees get their first win of the 2022 campaign. It certainly means a lot for the ex-Tiger and Florida native.

Over the years, Donaldson has proven to be one of the more premier hitters in the entire MLB. Since his career began in 2010, he has flourished. Several of his achievements speak for themselves. He has won the AL MVP,  the Silver Slugger Award twice, and been named to the MLB All-Star game three times. Along with those achievements, he also led the American League in RBIs in 2015. With several injuries and a handful of different stops along the way, Donaldson has proven to be one of the league’s best players.

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Throughout his MLB career, he has played for six teams. Those six are the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Guardians, Atlanta Braves, Minnesota Twins, and New York Yankees. At each stop, he has been productive. With 251 home runs and 728 runs batted in throughout his career, he looks to continue that success with the Yankees. He has definitely represented Auburn in a positive way and the Auburn faithful can not wait to see how he performs in one of the greatest venues in sports, Yankee Stadium.

Former Auburn players set to open up the 2022 MLB season

MLB season is almost upon us, a look at which former Auburn Tigers are preparing for the 2022 season.

The NCAA has crowned its new men’s basketball team and college baseball is in full swing with conference play. That means it is baseball time in America when it comes to Major League Baseball.

There are plenty of former Auburn Tigers looking to take to the diamond in hopes of leading their team to the pennant and a shot at a World Series championship. One such player is former Auburn slugger [autotag]Josh Donaldson[/autotag]. He was recently dealt from the Minnesota Twins to the New York Yankees. Perhaps he can get a rin with the Bronx Bombers.

There are a total of seven former Tigers projected to be on opening day rosters as the season opens on Thursday.

Auburn Wire breaks down the group of Tigers in the pros.