Three more Auburn players have taken a step closer to joining the MLB ranks.
Second baseman Edouard Julien, and pitchers Jack Owen and Elliot Anderson had their names called on Wednesday in the last day of the 2019 MLB Draft.
The Minnesota Twins double dipped on the Plains as they selected Julien in the 18th round after drafting the Tigers' shortstop Will Holland in the fifth round on Tuesday.
Owen went in the 21st round to the St. Louis Cardinals while Anderson was selected in the 23rd by the Kansas City Royals.
Julien started all 60 games he has played this year while maintaining a .239 batting average and a .793 on-base plus slugging percentage. He has added 46 runs with eight home runs and 48 RBIs this season.
The sophomore is coming off a freshman season in which he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was named a Freshman All-American by multiple outlets.
During that campaign Julien held a .275 batting average, .954 on-base plus slugging percentage while hitting 17 home runs. He additionally scored 47 runs while leading the team in RBIs with 69.
This is the second time Julien has been drafted. The Philadelphia Phillies selected him in the 37th round of the 2017 MLB Draft out of high school.
Owen leads the team a 2.45 ERA through 12 appearances and eight starts with a 4-2 record. He has pitched 58.2 innings while striking out 55 batters and throwing one shutout. The sophomore left-hander has allowed only 17 runs (16 earned) and only 10 walks this season.
As a freshman, Owen appeared in 14 games with seven starts. He maintained a 5.97 ERA through 34.2 innings pitched while striking out 35 batters.
Anderson has pitched primarily in a setup role in the middle innings for Auburn this season as he’s had 26 appearances with only three starts. The junior leftie has pitched 59 innings with 63 strikeouts and has maintained a 6-2 record.
As a sophomore Anderson pitched in 24 games and 29.2 innings without a start. He held a 5-0 record through the year while striking out 32 batters and recording one save.
Anderson appeared in 14 games as a freshman with 12.2 innings pitched and a 1-0 record. He maintained a 6.39 ERA and struck out nine of the 54 batters he faced.
The trio joins Holland and pitcher Davis Daniel, who was selected in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Angels, as current Auburn players that have been selected in this year’s MLB Draft.
In addition to the current roster of Tigers, McGill-Toolen senior Nate LaRue who has signed with Auburn was selected in the 25th round, No. 747 overall, by the Toronto Blue Jays. However, he has reportedly already decided to follow through with his commitment to Auburn and attend the college, according to Ben Thomas with AL.com.
Each MLB club retains the rights to a selected player until 11:59 p.m. EST on Aug. 15, or until a player either enters or returns to a four-year college on a full-time basis. If a selected player does not sign with the club that he was drafted by, he will be eligible to be drafted at a future year’s draft, provided the player is eligible to be drafted that year.