June 7, 2007
AUBURN, Ala. -
Auburn junior catcher/infielder Josh Donaldson was selected 48th overall by the Chicago Cubs on Thursday afternoon in the supplemental round of the 2007 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Donaldson came to Auburn prior to the 2005 season and played third base in 47 games in his freshman season, hitting .294 on a team that advanced to the championship game of the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. He then saw an opportunity to increase his stock and help out the team as he learned the catching position and split time between the hot corner and behind the plate for the past two seasons. This year he led the team with a .349 batting average and 54 RBI and also hit 11 home runs and stole 17 bases. In his three-year career on the Plains he blasted 28 home runs and has put together a .307 batting average.
Donaldson is the highest drafted player out of Auburn since Gabe Gross was picked 15th overall by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001.