AUBURN – Auburn pitcher Derek Varnadore was drafted in the 9th round by the New York Yankees, pick No. 307 overall, during the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. He becomes the first Auburn player drafted this season.
A senior who spent two years at Auburn, Varnadore was 4-7 with a 4.93 ERA in 19 appearances in 2012, making 11 starts. In a team-high 87 2/3 innings, the right-hander led the team in strike outs (63) while holding opponents to a .272 batting average.
Transferring to Auburn prior to last season from Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Varnadore was the ace of the Auburn pitching staff in 2011, leading the team in wins (six), ERA (3.68), strike outs (74) and innings (88.0).
The Bishop, Ga., native led the staff with six quality starts, throwing two complete games, including a shutout in his second outing of the season and a shutout of Georgia in May.
This is the second time Varnadore has been drafted in his career as he was a 17th-round pick of the Florida Marlins in 2011.
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.