Baltimore Orioles Select Auburn IF Creede Simpson

By: Kim Allen Email
By: Kim Allen Email

AUBURN - Auburn infielder Creede Simpson was drafted in the 25th round by the Baltimore Orioles, pick No. 762 overall, during the third day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.

As a senior, Simpson hit .315 with 18 doubles and three home runs, driving in 40 RBI and scoring 42 runs. He also stole 25 bases (in 34 attempts), second-most in the SEC at the end of the regular season. This season he moved to second base, where he started all 59 games, after spending his first two year at Auburn as an outfielder.

Simpson transferred to Auburn from Northwest Florida State College for the 2010 season. In three years at Auburn he hit .293 with 44 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs, driving in 88 RBI and scoring 114 runs in 164 games.

An Auburn native, Simpson will forever be remembered for his two-strike, two-out, three-run home run against Clemson in the 2010 NCAA Auburn Regional that extended Auburn's season for another day. That was the second of two post-season home runs hit by him as he also launched a solo home run after coming off the bench in the 3-1, 12-inning win over South Carolina at the 2010 SEC Tournament.

This is the second time Simpson has been drafted as he was a 45th-round pick of the New York Yankees in the 2008 MLB Draft. Simpson is the fourth player drafted out of Auburn this year, joining Derek Varnadore (9th round, New York Yankees), Ryan Tella (11th round, San Francisco Giants) and Slade Smith (17th round, Detroit Tigers).

Auburn has now had at least one player selected in the MLB Draft in each of the past 38 drafts, dating to the 1975 season. It is tied with Arkansas for the second-longest streak in the SEC behind Georgia's 39-year run.

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