Tennessee baseball names to know in 2021 MLB draft



Tennessee baseball appears to be heading for a Third consecutive impressive MLB Draft under Tony Vitello.

The Vols have a handful of solid prospects for their roster as well as their recruiting class that should hear their names called out in the draft, which begins with the first round on Sunday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The Vols had six players chosen in the first 10 rounds in the last two cycles, including Garrett Crochet, first round 2020.

Here are UT’s top prospects:

Max Ferguson

Tennessee second baseman

MLB.com Ranking: n ° 144

Statistics 2021:.253 average, 12 home runs, 15 interceptions, 47 walks

Tennessee's Max Ferguson (2) leaves the field during College World Series Game 7 between Tennessee and Texas at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. On Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

The lean: Ferguson is MLB’s top-rated prospect on Tennessee’s list. He is coveted for his speed, left-handed stick, power, and defensive skills. Ferguson played second at Tennessee, but could also play midfield. He stole 15 goals and hit 12 home runs as a junior.

WALKING OFFSHORE:Max Ferguson blast draws Tennessee baseball even with Arkansas No.1 in the series

Jake rucker

Tennessee third baseman

MLB.com Ranking: No. 209

Statistics 2021: .330 average, nine home runs, 55 RBIs, 21 doubles

The lean:Rucker was the Tennessee three-hole hitter 67 times in 68 games in 2021 and for good reason. The Greenbrier, Tennessee native pushed his batting average to 0.310 on March 5 and no longer fell below that mark. He started at second base as a rookie in Tennessee before occupying third base for his last two seasons.

Chad Dallas

pitcher from Tennessee

MLB.com Ranking: No. 210

Statistics 2021: 11-2, 4.19 ERA, 122 strikeouts in 103 innings

The lean: Dallas won the Friday night spot in Tennessee’s rotation during his two seasons at Knoxville. He throws strikes and increased his strikeout count after adding a cutter as a fourth pitch. Tennessee signed Dallas as a reliever, which it could be at the next level.

Liam spence

The Tennessee shortstop

Statistics 2021:

The lean:Spence was a machine based for Flights in the first place. He led the SEC with a base percentage of 0.472. The Australian has a batting average of 336 points and 54 walks. He is strong defensively and can play either in the middle of the infield at the professional level.

Connor pavolony

Tennessee Seeker

Statistics 2021:

The lean: Pavolony has a solid reputation for his defensive skills behind the plate. He upped his profile towards the end of the season with an impressive two-month offensive final after recovering from a hand injury. Pavolony has increased his average from 0.211 to 0.260 in the last two months of the season.

Winder-Barrow's Brady (4) home runs for second base in a GHSA High School baseball game between Lanier and Winder-Barrow in Winder, Ga on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Winder-Barrow won 9- 5.  (Photo / Joshua L. Jones, Athens Banner-Herald)

Brady House

Winder-Barrow (Georgia) shortstop

MLB.com Ranking: No. 8

The lean: House has been involved in Tennessee for years; he’s also been considered one of the top prospects in the 2021 MLB Draft for years. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound house is probably a top-10 pick and one of the high school’s top prospects in the draft. His bat is his strength, while his arm and size will likely take him to third base as a professional.

Burn hunting

Beech pitcher (Tennessee)

MLB.com Ranking: No. 47

Beech High School pitcher Chase Burns watches a Rossview hitter during a semifinal game of the TSSAA Class AAA Regional Baseball Tournament on Monday, May 17, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.

The lean: Burns hit 100 mph with his fastball, but has the complementary pitches to be a weekend starter in Tennessee. The powerful pitcher would have to turn down a lot of money to come to Knoxville as his name would have to be called out early in the draft due to his major advantage.

Seth Stephenson

Temple College Shortstop

MLB.com Ranking: No. 199

The lean: Stephenson is one of the fastest players in the MLB Draft and that skill alone makes him a likely pick in the first 10 rounds. Tennessee are considering Stephenson as a starting midfielder in 2022 if he comes to Knoxville.

Dalton dooney

Central Arizona College second baseman

MLB.com Ranking: No. 223

The lean: Dooney is a powerful and powerful second baseman who would be in the middle of UT’s order if he chose to play for the Vols. He hit 10 home runs in Arizona as a freshman in 2019 before transferring to Central Arizona College, which also produced Spence.

Ryan spikes

Parkview Shortstop (Georgia)

MLB.com Ranking: No. 196

The lean: The draft includes an impressive class of preparation shortstops. Spikes is among them. The 5-foot-9 prospect hits the ball hard and performed well at the MLB Draft Combine in late June, posting some of the highest exit speeds among all entrants.

Mike Wilson covers athletics at the University of Tennessee. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @By MikeWilson. If you enjoy Mike’s cover, consider a digital subscription which will allow you to access it all.


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