AU Baseball Adds Juco Pitcher

Auburn announced the signing of a junior college pitcher for the 2010 class on Thursday.

Auburn, Ala.--Looking to shore up the pitching staff heading into the 2010 season, the Auburn Tigers added another name to the list on Thursday as 6'7" right-handed pitcher Stephen Kohlscheen signed a National Letter of Intent with Coach John Pawlowski's club.

A 30th-round selection of the Philadelphia Phillies in last week's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, Kohlscheen has spent the past two seasons at Cowley College where he led his team to the 2009 Junior College World Series with a strong sophomore season. In 72 1/3 innings over 16 appearances, Kohlscheen was 9-2 with a 3.86 ERA and struck out 73 while walking just 27. As a freshman he was 4-4 with a 2.76 ERA.

"Stephen pitched at one of the best junior colleges in the country in Cowley County," Pawlowski said. "His experiences of leading his team to a conference championship and a spot in the Junior College World Series will serve him well next year as an Auburn Tiger."

This year's selection in the draft was the second time for Kohlscheen. He was a 43rd round pick by the Florida Marlins in the 2007 MLB Draft out of Norman North High School in Norman, Okla.

His signing could be huge for the Tigers with the status of fellow junior college signee Drew Madrigal still in question. A right-handed pitcher and outfielder from California, Madrigal was selected in the 11th round by the San Diego Padres and has until August 19th to sign with the club or choose to attend Auburn.

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