The 2022 MLB Draft has come to an end after three days of picking in a 20-round draft.
Here are five takeaways about how this year’s draft has affected Tennessee.
All three days were major wins for the Tennessee baseball program.
Whether it was Tony Vitello doing an amazing job on the MLB network as an analyst during the first and second rounds Sunday night, compiling a program-record 10 volumes, or surprisingly losing a high school signer, this was a successful 2022 MLB. Draft for vols.
Tennessee’s 10 picks were the best in the SEC. Only in Oklahoma (11) were there more of them in the whole country. The Vols are only the fourth SEC team to have 10 or more players selected in the first 20 rounds of any MLB draft, joining the states of Mississippi, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
UT’s previous programmatic record was eight when it was set during the 1992 MLB 50-round draft. This year’s 10 draft is the most picks for the Vols in 20 rounds, surpassing the previous mark of seven, which was set in last year’s draft.
Since Tony Vitello took over in 2018, 27 players have been selected for the Vols. As of 2019, 26 Tennessee players are ranked third by the SEC.
Vols lost to Crawford
The only way this year’s draft could be absolutely perfect for the Vols is if UConn moved Reggie Crawford was not selected in the first round.
Crawford, who traveled to Tennessee five days before the draft, went to the MLB draft in search of first-round money. That wish was granted when the San Francisco Giants selected him 30th overall, last in the first round, for a $2.49 million slot.
The left-handed pitcher’s fastball hits 100 mph, and while he’s likely to focus on pitching in professional baseball, he’d also swing the bat playing from first base in Knoxville.
It would be fun to watch the rotation of Crawford, Chase Dollander, Chase Burns and Drew Beam, but two-way standout doesn’t come to school and the Bulls will have to “settle” with Dollander, Burns and Beam.
All three starting Tennessee outfielders were drafted. Central defender Drew Gilbert was the first Ox to be drafted when the Houston Astros took him in the first round with the 28th overall pick.
Jordan Beck advanced to the Colorado Rockies 38th overall after 10 picks, giving the Vols two first-round picks, although Beck was selected during Competitive Balance Round A, part of the first round.
Left fielder Seth Stevenson completed a trifecta when he was selected 207th overall by the Detroit Tigers in the seventh round. Stevenson is expected to sign a contract and not return to school.
Looking back at Tennessee’s 2020 baseball roster, four outfielders from that year’s team have already been selected. Beck and Gilbert join Aleric Sulari, second-round Rick, and fourth-round pick Zach Daniels each in the 2017 draft, respectively.
Other famous names turned pro
Tennessee will have a brand new roster next season. In addition to the starting outfield, this year’s draft Vols will also have to replace the entire infield.
After catcher Evan Russell and first baseman Luke Lipcius graduated, three other UT starting infielders have been selected over the past two days. Two of them work in the same organization.
Third baseman Trey Lipscomb was the first Ox to be drafted on the second day when the Washington Nationals selected him 84th overall in the third round. Lipscomb hit a career-best 22 home runs that year, the second-highest in UT history in a single season.
Second baseman Jorel Ortega was also taken on the second day when the Minnesota Twins took him 174th overall in the sixth round. The Twins selected Ortega a year after they took former Tennessee infielder Jake Rucker in the seventh round of the 2021 MLB Draft.
short stop Courtland Lawson will join Lipscomb in the Nationals organization as Washington took Lawson on the last day of the draft with the 411 overall pick in the 14th round.
On the Vols hill, quite a lot of production will have to be replaced, despite the return of Dollander, Burns and Beam.
Blade Tidwell was the first of Frank Anderson’s pitchers when the New York Mets took the 52nd right-hander in the second round.
Ben Joyce was the second Tennessee pitcher to be drafted when the Los Angeles Angels took on the 89th pick in the third round of the second day.
Will Mabry as well as Mark McLaughlin were also drafted on the second day, bringing the total number of UT pitchers to four. Mabry was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the No. 168 overall pick in the sixth round, while the Chicago White Sox selected McLaughlin with the No. 221 overall pick in the seventh round, respectively.
All 10 selected Tennessee players are expected to sign with the organizations that selected them.
None of the students got lost.
A key aspect of the MLB draft, unlike the NFL or NBA, is that high school players can be drafted and signed with organizations. For college coaches, this could be a busy couple of days as pro teams scramble to poach key recruits.
Vitello had a pretty quiet draft this year when it came to high school seniors.
The only signed player from Tennessee who was drafted was Paola, a right-handed pitcher from Kansas. Kaden Markum. The Texas Rangers took Markum 379 in the 13th round, but Markum is not expected to sign with the Rangers.
There is only one high school subscriber in Tennessee, which is not a sign that Vitello will be attending in 2023. A few Vol signers like outfielders Alex Stanwich, Dylan Drailing as well as Reese Chapmanas well as jugs Dillon Orr, hunting sloop as well as Jacob Bimby could have been drafted into the army if they had not gone to the draft with school admission already set.
Professional bodies want to pick high school players who are most likely to sign. Since virtually the entire Tennessee autograph class was going to come to school, the teams did not choose any of them so as not to risk the opportunity to sign them.
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