How Tennessee Baseball Players Performed In Summer Leagues

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Photo By Chloe Owenby/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee baseball players have been competing in summer leagues across the country since the Vols’ 2021 season ended in June. Summer leagues have drawn to a close in the past week as Tennessee’s players return to campus for the start of classes Wednesday.

Take a look at how 16 Tennessee players performed this summer.

Pitchers

2021 weekend starter a likely 2022 ace Blade Tidwell played in the USA Baseball scrimmages this summer. The sophomore made three appearances and two starts, posting a 1-1 record, 7.71 ERA and nine strikeouts in seven innings of action.

Most of the damage came in Tidwell’s first start when he gave up four earned runs in three innings.

Junior Christian Delashmit made six appearances for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League. The right-handed pitcher recorded a 2.84 ERA, striking out 31 batters and walking 16 in 25.1 innings of action.

LHP Kirby Connell threw just one scoreless inning in the Coastal Plain League. Sophomore Shawn Scott made nine appearances in the league for the Forest City Owls.

Scott posted a 9.64 ERA in 28 innings pitched, striking out 35 batters.

Sophomore Hollis Fanning made 12 appearances for the Charlotte Mustangs in the Southern Collegiate Baseball League. Fanning posted a 6-2 record and 3.99 ERA in 56.1 innings pitched.

Fellow sophomores Zane Sechrist and Drew Patterson each turned in strong performances in their prospective leagues. 

In the Sunbelt Baseball League, Sechrist posted a 3.33 ERA in 18 innings pitched. Sechrist recorded 19 strikeouts and nine walks.

Patterson posted a 2-4 record and 4.15 ERA in 39  innings pitched.

Outfielders

Tennessee center fielder Drew Gilbert joined Tidwell in the USA Collegiate Baseball scrimmages. Hitting mostly lead off, Gilbert hit .294 with two extra-base hits and three RBIs. The junior also scored four runs in 11 games.

Tennessee RBI leader Jordan Beck hit .258 in 29 games in the Cape Cod League. The junior hit two home runs, five doubles and a triple, adding 10 RBIs. 

The Alabama native also walked 16 times to post a .377 on-base percentage.

Sophomore Kyle Booker shined in the California Collegiate League, hitting .340 for the Orange County Riptide. Booker recorded a .815 OPS.

Playing 22 games for the Johnstown Mill Rats in the Prospects League, Christian Scott hit .313 with two homers, 6 doubles and 13 RBIs. Scott’s .476 on-base percentage was third on the team.

Infielders

Catcher Charlie Taylor played with Booker on the Orange County Riptides, hitting .256 with seven RBIs in 11 games.

Sophomore Jared Dickey hit .406 with a 1.074 OPS in 30 games with the Charlotte Mustangs.

Shortstop and first baseman Logan Steenstra hit .266 in 19 games for the Peninsula Pirates in the Coastal Plain League

Sophomore Austin Jaslove redshirted this spring but had a strong summer with the Charlotte Mustangs. Jaslove hit .356 with 17 RBIs in 27 games.

Junior third baseman Trey Lipscomb joined Christian Scott on the Johnstown Mill Rats. Lipscomb hit .356 with 31 RBIs and 10 walks in 21 games.

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.