Dayton Called Up to Pitch for Dodgers

Former Auburn pitcher Grant Dayton has been called up to play Major League Baseball.

Former Auburn baseball pitcher Grant Dayton had his contract purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday and will be in uniform as the club closes a three-game series with Washington. Dayton is the 47th player in Auburn history to play in Major League Baseball.

Pitching at two levels this season, he has a 5-2 record with a 2.44 earned run average in 35 games out of the bullpen. In 48.0 innings, The lefty has 85 strikeouts and 10 walks. In 23 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City he has 57 strikeouts in 32.1 innings pitched.

A native of Huntsville, Ala., Dayton was with the Tigers from 2007-10. After redshirting his first year on campus he finished 2008 with a 7-2 record and a 3.89 ERA, including a 12 strikeout performance against Mississippi State, which at the time was the highest by an Auburn pitcher since 2002.

Following a 2-6 sophomore season, Dayton rebounded with a better junior season that landed him on the All-SEC Team. He helped lead Auburn to a NCAA Regional berth and posted an 8-3 record (7-1 SEC) with a 4.36 ERA and a team-best 69 strikeouts.

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