Auburn is bringing some royal baseball blood to Lee County in 2017.
Peyton Glavine, an outfielder and left-handed pitcher, announced his commitment to the Tigers on Monday night. His father, Tom, is an Atlanta Braves legend and 2014 Hall of Fame inductee who won 305 games in his professional career.
— Peyton Glavine (@peyton_glav14) August 1, 2016
PerfectGame.com charts the younger Glavine at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds, and clocks his fastball at 85 mph.
His father was a dual-sport prospect coming out of high school; roughly 30 years ago, the elder Glavine was weighing a college hockey career at Harvard against rave reviews from MLB scouts.
Here’s a tidbit BaseballAmerica.com dug up a couple years ago around the time of Glavine’s Hall of Fame induction:
It has been said Greenville’s Tom Glavine could be the best lefthanded pitching prospect in minor league baseball. It has been said Glavine could be the next lefthanded pitcher on manager Chuck Tanner’s staff in Atlanta and could wind up in the big leagues by year end. It has been said Glavine, barely 20, is mature beyond his years. “All of that is true,” said Hank Aaron, vice president and director of player development for the Braves. “We think Tom is definitely a major league prospect. He goes about his business in the right way. We’re keeping an eye on him. He has gotten everybody’s attention here, not only me but (general manager) Bobby Cox and Tanner, too.”
If the younger Glavine can be a sliver of the player his father was, it’ll be a huge boost for the Auburn baseball program, which has not reached the College World Series since 1997.