The season opener is now 64 days away. Kickoff is slated for September 2, 2017 against Georgia Southern, the time has not yet been decided. We are continuing honoring former Auburn players, and today we show our appreciation for offensive lineman #64 Jim Skuthan of the 1978, 1979, and 1980 teams. He attended Leesburg High School in Leesburg, Florida. He was 6’3 and weighed 250 pounds during his college career. His time here at Auburn included being named an Academic All-SEC and an Academic All-American during the 1980 season. While Jim was here, they went 8-3 (4-2 SEC) for the 1979 season. Another accomplishment while Jim was here was being named an All-Time Letterman. While attending Auburn University, Skuthan pursued a degree in Political Science and had a 3.6 GPA. War Eagle Jim!
|Saturday||7/1/17||6:00 PM||Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sunday||7/2/17||7:00 PM||Washington Nationals @ St. Louis Cardinals|
|Tuesday||7/4/17||12:30PM||Toronto Blue Jays @ New York Yankees|
|Tuesday||7/4/17||7:00 PM||Boston Red Sox @ Texas Rangers|
|Saturday||7/8/17||6:00 PM||Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians|
|Sunday||7/9/17||7:00 PM||Detroit Tigers @ Cleveland Indians|
|Monday||7/10/17||7:00 PM||2017 Home Run Derby|
|Tuesday||7/11/17||6:30 PM||MLB All Star Game|
|Saturday||7/15/17||3:00 PM||New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox|
|Sunday||7/16/17||7:00 PM||New York Yankees @ Boston Red Sox|
|Wednesday||7/19/17||6:30 PM||Milwaukee Brewers @ Pittsburgh Pirates|
We are only 66 days away from the start of Auburn football and today we look at offensive guard, Jeff Lott. After attended East Hall High School in Gainesville, Georgia, Lott is best remembered as being part of coach Pat Dye’s era at Auburn from 1982-1985 and received All-SEC honors in 1984. Not only did Lott start 3 years at Auburn, but also helped the Tigers to 4 straight bowl games, including the 50th Sugar Bowl and 50th Cotton Bowl. Lott is known for being one of the best offensive guards to play for the Tigers, as well as being one of the main blockers for legendary running back, Bo Jackson. Today, you can find Lott teaching Sunday school to kids in low-income neighborhoods.
Only 67 days left in the Auburn football countdown!
Today, we honor a number sixty-seven that is currently on the roster. Tyler Carr is an upcoming Junior offensive lineman. He came to the plains in 2015 when he was redshirted, but was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and played in ten games in the 2016 season as reserve offensive lineman.
Although, Carr hasn’t seen much action on the plains yet, his high school career proves that we have much to look forward to with his upcoming years!
Carr, a native of Southside, Alabama, was named the ASWA Alabama Class 6A Lineman of the Year, and Rivals listed him as the number four in state player. ESPN ranked him number eleven in Alabama, and among the top thirty offensive linemen. Scout listed him as the number two line prospect in Alabama, and as if that weren’t enough, to top it all off, he was able to be a part of the National Honor Society.
We’re excited to see what Tyler’s future on the plains holds!
There 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 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.
A 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 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 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.
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!
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!
71 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.