AUBURN – Auburn outfielder Ryan Tella was drafted in the 11th round by the San Francisco Giants, pick No. 358 overall, during the second day of the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
A draft-eligible sophomore that transferred to Auburn from Ohlone Junior College, Tella was named Second Team All-SEC this season after leading Auburn and finishing fourth in the SEC at the end of the regular season with a .360 batting average.
The Fremont, Calif., native also ranked among the conference leaders in slugging percentage (.508, 11th), on base percentage (.448, sixth), hits (85, fourth), triples (four, tied-fifth), total bases (120, seventh), walks (35, tied-eighth) and stolen bases (18, tied-third).
In league-only games Tella was seventh in batting average (.333), tied for third in hits (41) and tied for fifth in stolen bases (six).
Auburn’s everyday center fielder, Tella finished the year with a team-high five outfield assists and had a .973 fielding percentage on 183 chances.
This is the second time Tella has been drafted as he was a 34th-round pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2011 MLB Draft.
Tella is the second player drafted out of Auburn this year, joining Derek Varnadore (9th round, New York Yankees).
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.