Hulett Ready To Show His Stuff

Second baseman Tug Hulett talks about the opportunity to play professional baseball.

Shreveport, La.-–The dream of playing professional baseball is much closer to becoming a reality for Auburn second baseman Tug Hulett after he was drafted in the 14th round by the Texas Rangers on day one of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft on Monday.

The son of former Major Leaguer Tim Hulett, Tug has been a strong player for the Tigers in his three seasons on the Plains and says he's ready to take his game to another destination.

"I think I'm ready to go play," Hulett tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I've had three great years at Auburn as far as having fun and getting to know the guys and learning the game at a different level. I really don't think I have anything else to prove in college. I want to go on to the next level and prove I can play there."

Hulett puts the tag on during a game last season.

Proving himself is just what Hulett has done since he arrived at Auburn. As a freshman he hit .308 with 15 doubles to earn Freshman All-American honors. That set the stage for a tremendous sophomore season when Hulett hit .373 to lead the team and his 25 doubles was the third-best total in Auburn history. He also had 32 multi-hit games, sixth all-time in Auburn history.

This season Hulett struggled early, but finished on a high note to hit .305 with 63 hits, 12 doubles and 44 walks. For his career Hulett was a .332 hitter. He had 53 career doubles and scored 139 runs in three seasons. Despite his outstanding numbers and bloodlines in professional baseball Hulett says he wasn't prepared to hear his name called on Monday when it happened.

"I really didn't see my name," Hulett says. "Steven Register's brother called me to congratulate me. We were out eating dinner so I got the news via my friend's brother. After that the phone really hasn't stopped ringing, so I kind of figured it was true."

Hulett now waits to see where he will begin his career with the Rangers. More than likely he will be in a rookie league, possibly the Arizona Rangers. He says that all the details will be worked out in the coming days, but he has begun preliminary talks with the Rangers.

Tug Hulett

"I talked with Doug Simons, he's the regional guy there in Alabama," Hulett says. "We just got finished talking. He's going to fill me in on what's going on and what I need to do. He'll help me work everything out."

The good news on the day was dampened with the news that Coach Steve Renfroe had been relieved of his duties as Auburn's head man. Hulett says that the news was a surprise, but he's sure his former coach will land on his feet and be just fine.

"Sometimes things like this happen," Hulett says. "I don't really know what went on. I just found out late on Monday. It kind of caught me by surprise out of nowhere. Coach Renfroe is a good coach and he'll find another place to coach and turn that program around."

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