Preseason recognition continues for Tanner Burns

October 02 2021 06:00 pm

AUBURN, Ala. – The preseason honors continue to roll in for Auburn baseball’s Tanner Burns as the junior right-hander was named a Preseason Third Team All-American by Baseball America Monday.

Burns has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by Perfect Game and a Preseason Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball and D1 Baseball.

The Decatur, Alabama native is coming off a sophomore campaign in which he posted a 4-4 record with a 2.82 ERA and went on to become the 25th All-American in program history as he earned third-team honors from Perfect Game. Despite battling injury late in the season, Burns struck out 101 batters and issued 23 walks in 79.2 innings of work. He joined former Auburn ace and No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize as the only Auburn pitchers since 2000 to strike out 100 or more batters in a season.

Burns made history early in the season as he matched a program record with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout against Cincinnati on Mar. 1. He joined Mize (2018), Chris Bootcheck (1999), Tim Hudson (1997), John Powell (1994) and Mark Chapman (1986) on the list of 15-strikeout performances.

The right-hander enters his junior season with an 11-8 career record and 2.92 ERA. He has struck out 178 batters in 166.1 innings pitched over 32 starts and 33 appearances during the last two seasons.

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