AL Rookie of the Year Gunnar Henderson picks Auburn to win NCAA Tournament

Gunnar Henderson was expected to be a key piece of Auburn baseball’s 2019 signing class, joining signees such as Trace Bright, Mason Barnett, and Bryson Ware. However, he turned pro after being selected 42nd overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2019 MLB draft.

Despite never playing a game at Plainsman Park, Henderson’s love of Auburn athletics has never wavered. His NCAA Tournament bracket can prove it.

Henderson revealed his bracket on Monday, showing surprising picks such as James Madison making the Final Four and Duquesne making the Sweet 16. However, the best pick of all is his choice for national champion… the Auburn Tigers.

Henderson predicts that Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, and James Madison will make the trip to Phoenix, Arizona this year for the Final Four, with Auburn taking down SEC-rival Tennessee to win it all.

The Selma native was the top signee of Auburn’s No. 11 signing class for the 2019 recruiting cycle. Outside of being the best player from Alabama that year, he was the nation’s No. 4 shortstop and the No. 19 prospect overall according to Perfect Game.

He made his Major League debut with the Orioles on Sept. 2, 2022, and has racked up 32 home runs and 100 RBI since then, batting .256. Last season, he hit .255 with 28 home runs and drove in 82 runs while fielding over .960 at both third base and shortstop, which led to unanimous American League Rookie of the Year honors.

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