Nationals Give Top Tennessee Signee Massive Bonus

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The Washington Nationals signed Tennessee baseball signee Brady House for $5 million, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman first reported Friday.

The Nationals selected House in the first round with the 11th overall pick in the MLB Draft earlier this month.

House was the highest rated signee of the Tony Vitello era, ranking as perfect game’s No. 1 player in the 2022 class.

Tennessee never expected the prep shortstop to make it to campus and the Winder, Georgia native won’t.

Tony Vitello and his coaching staff will have to reload their starting infield after losing Connor Pavolony, Max Ferguson, Liam Spence and Jake Rucker to the MLB Draft. House, as well as shortstop Ryan Spikes, would have been elite replacements up the middle.

Instead, Tennessee will turn to its starting roster, junior college transfers Seth Stephenson and Logan Chambers as well as prep infielder Christian Moore to replace the infielders.

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.