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Another key piece of Auburn’s rotation is officially going pro.
Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline has reported that the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms with their fifth-round selection, Auburn RHP Trace Bright.
Bright, who recorded 17 starts for Auburn in 2022, was taken with the 137th overall selection and has signed a contract worth $400,000, which is below slot value, but still considered a pretty hefty payday.
The Montgomery product ends his three-year stint at Auburn with an ERA of 6.01 in 139.1 innings of work. He struck out 149 batters and issued just 63 walks in 40 total appearances, posting a 10-9 record.
In 2022, Bright got the nod in 17 weekend games, and making one additional appearance as a reliever. In 18 appearances, Bright struck out 94 batters while issuing just 38 walks. His longest outing of the season was 6.0 innings, which he accomplished in three straight starts in nonconference weekend action.
His best outing came in the Auburn Regional against Southeastern Louisiana, where he struck out ten batters in Auburn’s 19-7 win over the Lions at Plainsman Park. Bright also got the start against Stanford in the College World Series, where he struck out eight batters in five innings of work in Auburn’s lone win in Omaha.
Bright becomes the fifth draft pick from Auburn to sign with an MLB Organization. Details have yet to emerge for Brody Moore (517th overall pick by Cardinals), Hayden Mullins (369th pick by Red Sox), and Carson Skipper (326th pick by Rockies). It is expected that all three will sign with their respective organizations.
5th-rder Trace Bright signs with @Orioles for $400k (slot 137 value = $426,800). @AuburnBaseball RHP, four pitches that can be average or better, best are 92-94 mph fastball that touches 97 & mid-80s slider. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 29, 2022