The Tennessee Vols had one of the most talented college baseball teams in recent memory this past season. The 2022 MLB Draft proved that. The Vols have broken many individual and team records for the program this year, and they did that again during the draft. They had 10 players selected, a new program record.
— Tennessee Baseball (@Vol_Baseball) July 19, 2022
The Vols had three players go on day one of the draft, which includes the first two rounds. On the second day, six Vols were drafted by MLB clubs. The third, and final, day of the draft saw one final Vol get picked.
Here’s a list of the players that got drafted from the Vols:
- Drew Gilbert
- Jordan Beck
- Blade Tidwell
- Trey Lipscomb
- Ben Joyce
- Will Mabrey
- Jorel Ortega
- Seth Stephenson
- Mark McLaughlin
- Cortland Lawson
There’s a piece of this record that makes it even more impressive. The Vols had the most players selected in the entire SEC. Arkansas was second in the SEC with nine. There was only one other school in the nation that had more players selected than Tennessee. That was Oklahoma with eleven.
The SEC, as a whole, dominated the draft. It had 83 players picked from it. So, the fact that the Vols led the conference in selections is important and impressive.
— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 19, 2022
Accordingly, Tony Vitello and the Vols will have to replace a lot of production next season. The draft stripped them of the middle of their order, and a few key arms are gone. That being said, he’s given Tennessee fans every reason in the world to trust him and his staff to do exactly that.