Blade Tidwell Inks Rookie Contract with the New York Mets

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Former Tennessee RHP Blade Tidwell has officially put pen to paper and signed his rookie contract with the New York Mets.

According to’s Jim Callis, Tidwell signed with the Mets for 1.85-million-dollars. Tidwell’s $1.85 million is a good chunk above the value for the No. 52 slot, which sits right at $1,475,100.

Tidwell was drafted by the Mets with the No. 52 pick in the second round earlier in July.

“[Right-handed pitcher], sure 1st-rounder if not for shoulder issues earlier in [the] year,” Callis wrote on Twitter. “93-96 MPH fastball to low 99, low-80-s slider to 88 with sweet and depth, promising sinking changeup as well.”

On the day of signing his contract, Tidwell had the chance to visit the Subway Series between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets from Citi Field.

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Blade Tidwell finished his second and final season in Knoxville by improving his ERA from 3.74 in 2021 to 3.00 in 2022. In just 39 innings pitched this season, Tidwell ended the year giving up 31 hits, 13 runs, 11 walks, and 51 strikeouts in 13 game appearances with nine starts.

Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.