From The Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — Former Hewitt-Trussville and Auburn pitcher Carson Skipper is trading the Plains for the Rockies.
The lefty was taken in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball draft, 326th overall.
Skipper, a senior, is the fifth Auburn player to be drafted this year, though he does have one more year of eligibility due to the Covid-19 pandemic, should he choose to use it.
At 6-2 and 211 pounds, Skipper moved from the Tigers’ starting rotation into middle relief for subsequent seasons, where he earned a reputation for stopping opposing batters until the game could be closed out.
In Game 1 of the 2022 SEC tournament against Kentucky, Skipper started the game and struck out seven, allowed one hit and one walk, and held the Wildcats scoreless through three innings.
He finished 2022 with a 6-3 record with a 4.45 ERA during 27 appearances that spanned 58.2 innings, with 70 strikeouts and 14 walks. Opposing batters averaged .250 against him.