DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — After night one of the MLB Draft, Auburn closer and former Northview standout, Blake Burkhalter, has been drafted by the Atlanta Braves with the 76th overall pick in the draft.

Burkhalter was the first relief pitcher taken in the draft. He has pitched for Auburn for the past three seasons.

Burkhalter graduated from Northview High School in 2019.

In those three seasons, Burkhalter pitched in 51 games, where he recorded a 3.01 ERA and 104 strikeouts in almost 72 innings of work.

2022 was the breakout season for Burkhalter, where he recorded a 4-2 record with a 3.69 ERA and struck out 71 batters to go along with issuing only seven walks in 46.1 innings. 

Burkhalter also ranked second in the country in saves, with 16, and went on to be named Second Team All-America by the American Baseball Coaches Association, College Baseball Foundation, and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, Second Team All-SEC, and a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Award.

Burkhalter was drafted in the second round and was the first Tiger drafted in this year’s draft.