At the plate the Tigers will be depending on powerful junior Mike Bianucci to carry the load with Josh Donaldson moving on to the Chicago Cubs' organization. As a sophomore Bianucci battled through injuries and still hit .326 with a team-high 14 home runs and 51 RBI.
Perhaps the key to Auburn 's offense will be Greinke. A two-way player, Greinke was named the Baseball America Summer Player-of-the-Year and hit .314 last season with 36 RBI.
Freshman standout Joseph Sanders has made the switch to second base for next season after hitting .333 with three home runs and 33 RBI last year.
With several key players gone from last season the Tigers will be counting on some new faces to give them help in 2008.
At shortstop Arizona State transfer Matt Hall should be a big improvement for Auburn with redshirt freshman David Cunningham available to play both shortstop and third base. True freshmen Hunter Morris and Kevin Patterson should also provide depth on the infield and at the plate. In the outfield fellow freshmen Trent Mummey and Brian Fletcher both had strong fall practice sessions and should play a big part in Auburn 's fortunes this season.