After an eventful first two days of the MLB Draft for Tennessee, Tuesday proved to be a quiet afternoon for the Vols.
Tennessee surpassed its record for most players drafted Monday and added one more to the list Tuesday when the Washington Nationals selected Cortland Lawson in the 14th round of the 2022 MLB Draft.
Taken with the 411th pick in the draft, Lawson joins Trey Lipscomb as Tennessee players Washington selected. The Nationals took the Vol third baseman in the third round and Vol shortstop in the 14th round.
Lawson still has more eligibility remaining and could return to Tennessee for another season but the Vols added transfer shortstop Maui Ahuna and third baseman Zane Denton earlier this offseason.
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Tennessee’s 2022 signing class remained strong on the final day of the draft. The Texas Rangers drafted Kansas right-handed pitcher Caden Marcum in the 13th round of the MLB Draft.
Marcum was the only Tennessee prep commit selected in the entire draft, preserving Tony Vitello and his staff’s strong recruiting class. Marcum could still come to Knoxville or sign with the Rangers. Other top members of Tennessee’s signing class: Hunter Sloop, Alex Stanwich, Reese Chapman, Dillon Orr and Dylan Dreiling will all make it to Knoxville.
Tennessee super-seniors Evan Russell, Luc Lipcius and Redmond Walsh all went undrafted but are out of eligibility. They will start their professional careers as undrafted free agents.
Senior relief pitcher Camden Sewell went undrafted after posting a 2.52 ERA in 50 innings pitched. Like Russell, Lipcius and Walsh, Sewell could sign an undrafted free agent deal to begin his professional career. The Cleveland, Tennessee native could also return to Tennessee for his super-senior season.
Incoming transfer Zane Denton went undrafted in this year’s draft meaning he will make it to Knoxville. The San Fransisco Giants selected UConn transfer commit Reggie Crawford in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft and the two-way star won’t make it to campus.
Drew Gilbert, Jordan Beck, Blade Tidwell, Trey Lipscomb, Ben Joyce, Will Mabrey, Jorel Ortega, Seth Stephenson and Mark McLaughlin joined Lawson as Tennessee players selected in the 2022 MLB Draft.