Ferguson signs with San Diego

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Tennessee baseball second baseman Max Ferguson signed with the San Diego Padres Monday, the lanky infielder announced on his Instagram.

The Padres selected Ferguson in the fifth round with the 160th pick in the 2021 MLB Draft.

The Florida native struggled the first half of the 2021 season after earning preseason All American honors. Ferguson came back in a big way in the second half of the season, ending the year hitting .253 with a .378 on-base percentage, 12 home runs and 46 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

The versatile junior provided one of the most exciting moments of the season, hitting a three-run walk off home run to beat No. 1 Arkansas.

While Ferguson’s bat heated up the second half of the season, it was his defensive prowess that had him selected in the fifth round.

Ferguson possesses elite speed and a strong glove at second base but it’s his versatility that makes him special. As a freshman, Ferguson started at first base while Luc Lipcius was injured. The left handed hitter also played in the outfield in limited opportunities.

The fifth round pick’s signing bonus hasn’t been released yet, but Ferguson’s 160th pick slot value is $324,100.

Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.