Auburn Hurlers Paul Burnside And Taylor Thompson Selected By Chicago White Sox In MLB Draft
Paul Burnside

June 11, 2009

AUBURN, Ala. -

Senior Paul Burnside’s Auburn career came to a close on May 16th in a brief relief appearance against Alabama but the Chicago White Sox chose to extend his playing career, picking the right hander in the 39th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday. The White Sox then called his Auburn teammate’s name, Taylor Thompson, in the 44th round, picking the right hander for the second consecutive season.

Burnside, from Montgomery, had a fantastic first two seasons at Auburn before running into injury problems prior to his junior season, which limited his innings over his final two seasons. In four years he went 10-7 with a 5.00 ERA, striking out 117 in 156 2/3 innings. His finest season was his sophomore year when he was 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts), holding opponents to a .225 batting average, striking out 54 in 67 2/3 innings. Used primarily as a middle reliever as a freshman, he was 2-3 with a 4.91 ERA in 18 appearances, at one point running off 25 1/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run in SEC play and finished the year with a 2.78 ERA in 16 relief appearances.

“I am pretty stoked right now. It has been a great four years at Auburn. I wouldn’t change a thing from the last four years and my experience there. I have to thank the coaching staff for helping me out and helping me get through some of the hardships,” Burnside said. “Now I have my foot in the door with Chicago. They have a great organization; they were in the World Series not too long ago (2005). I am looking forward to seeing if I can make some noise and eventually help them out.”

Thompson, also a junior from Montgomery, has gone 11-11 with a 6.65 ERA over the past three seasons with 135 strikeouts. As a freshman he was 5-2 with a 5.89 ERA, tying for the team lead in strikeouts with 54, making 14 starts. Following a sophomore season in which he went 3-6 with a 6.28 ERA, the White Sox chose the St. James alum in the 25th round but he chose to return to Auburn for a third season. As a junior, he was 3-3 with a9.00 ERA in 10 appearances (six starts).



Also selected on Thursday were signees Cody Martin, who went to Minnesota in the 31st round (pick No. 942), and Cole Nelson, who was picked by Tampa Bay in the 45th round (No. 1369)

Auburn has had at least one player selected in the draft in each of the past 35 drafts, dating to the 1975 season. It is tied with Arkansas for the second-longest streak in the SEC behind Georgia’s 37-year run.

A total of four players from the 2009 Auburn roster and six signees were drafted in the 2009 draft. 

Name Hometown High School MLB Organization Round (Overall)
Nick Franklin Longwood, Fla. Lake Brantley Seattle Mariners 1st (27)
Luke Bailey LaGrange, Ga. Troup County Tampa Bay Rays 4th (139)
Joseph Sanders Millbrook, Ala. Stanhope Elmore Colorado Rockies 5th (152)
Drew Madrigal Menifee, Calif. Paloma Valley San Diego Padres 11th (324)
Garrett Bush Jacksonville, Fla. Stanton Prep Baltimore Orioles 15th (446)
Scott Shuman Valdosta, Ga. Tift County Tampa Bay Rays 19th (589)
Cody Martin Toccoa, Ga. Stephens County Minnesota Twins 31st (942)
Paul Burnside Montgomery, Ala. Jeff Davis Chicago White Sox 39th (1183)
Taylor Thompson Montgomery, Ala. St. James Chicago White Sox 44th (1333)
Cole Nelson Edina, MN Des Moines Area CC Tampa Bay Rays 45th (1369)

Bold = on 2009 Auburn roster