Three local players picked on day two of MLB Draft

(WIAT) – Samford All-American outfielder Heath Quinn was picked in the third round, 95th overall, by the San Francisco Giants in the 2016 MLB Draft Friday.

The Oak Mountain High School grad was named a Second-Team All- American by Baseball America and a Third-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball. Quinn is also a semifinalist for the 2016 Golden Spikes Award, which is awarded to the top amateur baseball player in the country.

Quinn finished his junior campaign in 2016 with a .343 batting average, 21 home runs and a school-record 77 RBI.

Quinn now becomes the second highest draft pick in Samford’s 112-year history. In 2013, Philip Ervin was selected 27th overall in the first round by the Cincinnati Reds.

Alabama pitcher Thomas Burrows was selected in the fourth round, 117th overall, to the Seattle Mariners.

Burrows is the Crimson Tide’s all-time leader in saves with 30, including 12 in 2016. He finished his junior season with a .95 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 28 innings pitched.

Throughout his career, Burrows maintained a 2.20 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .210 average, allowing only 76 hits. The lefty also struck out 113 batters compared to 39 walks in his three years as the team’s primary closer.

Auburn outfielder Joshua Palacios was chosen in the fourth round, 132nd overall, to the Toronto Blue Jays. During his junior season, his only year with the Tigers, Palacios played in 34 games and had the best batting average on the team (.385).

With Anfernee Grier going in the second round Thursday night to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Auburn has now had multiple players selected in the MLB Draft every year since 2006.

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