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Auburn’s Grier named first-team All-American

Auburn outfielder Anfernee Grier, No. 10, gets a hit against Texas A&M.
Auburn outfielder Anfernee Grier, No. 10, gets a hit against Texas A&M. Auburn Athletics

Auburn outfielder Anfernee Grier nabbed one of the top honors in college baseball Tuesday.

The former Russell County standout was named a first team All-American by Baseball America.

After a standout sophomore campaign, Grier spent the offseason fine-tuning his approach at the plate, which included a three-week stint with the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.

The dedication paid off with an all-around stellar season.

Grier finished the season at top of nearly every major statistically hitting category in the SEC. He batted .366 with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. He was named second team All-SEC and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award.

Coach Butch Thompson reacted to the news on social media with a message of congratulations for his top player.

“Has All American character and work ethic to go along with his skill on the field!” Thompson Tweeted.

Grier is only the fourth Auburn player since 2000 — Gabe Gross, Todd Faulkner and Hunter Morris — to be named an All-American by Baseball America.

The junior is expected to be one of the top 100 players taken in the MLB draft later this week. Coming out of high school, Grier was drafted in the 39th round by the Detroit Tigers.

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