Auburn, Ala.--On Tuesday, Auburn junior center fielder Anfernee Grier continued to rack up the honors as he was named first-team All-American by Baseball America. He becomes just one of four Auburn players to be named an All-American by the publication since 2000, joining Gabe Gross and Todd Faulkner in 2000 and Hunter Morris in 2010.
Putting up huge numbers as a junior when he was among the league leaders in just about every offensive category, Grier was an All-SEC selection and Golden Spikes Award semifinalist this season as well. Grier batted .366 on the season with 12 home runs and 41 RBI and finished the regular season ranked among the SEC leaders in average (4th), hits (87, 2nd), runs (56, 1st), homers (2nd), stolen bases (19, 7th) and total bases (137, 1st).
In conference play Grier homered four times with 17 RBI and added five stolen bases.
“I'm thankful for Anfernee Grier and getting to watch him in his junior year,” Coach Butch Thompson said. “To see him persevere. To see how he worked everyday without saying very much. To not really see him give a rep away for an entire season is one of the best accomplishments I've seen.
“And that's without what he did on the field. I think he's a great player in our league. I thought he handled himself professionally everyday. I thought he stayed positive and showed up to the park and worked everyday. He's a great example and he was a definite highlight for me.”
With just two home runs and 31 RBI his first two seasons at Auburn, Grier stepped up the power numbers in a big way as a junior. That along with his impressive defense in center field makes him player with all the tools to be successful on the next level.
He’s expected to be a very high pick in this week’s MLB Draft, which takes place from June 9-11. The first round begins Thursday night at 6 p.m.