Joseph Todd Faulkner
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.
Todd Faulkner was a top college slugger who only played briefly as a pro.
Faulkner hit .382 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI for Auburn in 1998 and split Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year (though Faulkner was a sophomore) with teammate Hayden Gliemmo. Faulkner was also All-SEC at DH. In 1999, he slumped to .281 with six home runs. In 2000, he exploded, batting .423 and setting school records for RBI (103, breaking Tim Hudson's record), doubles (27), home runs (22, one more than Frank Thomas had done) and extra-base hits (47) while scoring 71 times. Only Bo Jackson and Thomas had higher slugging percentages at Auburn. Surprisingly, he did not lead the SEC in any offensive statistic, 3 RBI behind leader Brad Cresse and .007 behind average leader Gabe Gross. He was All-Conference at 1B but the conference player of the year was a pitcher, Kip Bouknight. He was 20th in NCAA Division I in average, 11th in hits (105), 8th in slugging, 4th in total bases (between Frank Corr and Mitch Jones), tied for 8th with doubles with Dustin Brisson, tied for 5th in home runs and second to Cresse in RBI. He was the consensus All-American first baseman, beating out Brad Hawpe and Garrett Atkins among others.
Despite all this, the New York Mets only took him in the 12th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He returned for another year but did not perform well and the New York Yankees took him in the 22nd round of the 2001 amateur draft. He finished as Auburn's career leader in doubles and extra-base hits. His professional career consisted of 7 games for the 2001 GCL Yankees (2 for 19, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R) and 24 for the Staten Island Yankees (.218/.279/.273 in 24 G). The college slugger had hit .189/.256/.243 with no home runs in 82 plate appearances in the minors.
He later worked in real estate.