Tennessee Infielder Stepping Away From Baseball

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Tennessee infielder Logan Steenstra has left the Vols’ program and accepted a job in Kansas City, sources told RTI earlier this week.

Steenstra spent two years in Knoxville after playing at Crowley Junior College in Kansas for two seasons.

The Liberty, Missouri native spent his college career as a backup. However, Steenstra took advantage of opportunities in 2021. A hamstring injury limited All-SEC shortstop Liam Spence for a stretch and Steenstra performed well filling in for the leadoff man.

Steenstra was six-of-24 at the plate with four extra-base hits during the three weekend stretch the hamstring injury limited Spence’s ability to play in the field.

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The 6-foot-5 infielder hit .292 with eight doubles and six RBIs in 2021 before hitting .295 with four doubles, three home runs and 16 RBIs.

Steenstra earned 48 at-bats as a redshirt sophomore and 44 at-bats as a redshirt senior before deciding to hang up his cleats.

The tall infielder had one more season of eligibility remaining due to redshirting the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season at Crowley, but Steenstra was ready to move on. After going undrafted in last month’s MLB Draft, Steenstra decided to take a job in Kansas City and end his baseball career.

While Steenstra didn’t start last season, the Vols lost all of their starting infielders to the MLB Draft.

While Kansas transfer Maui Ahuna is poised to start at shortstop, Steenstra would have competed for the starting second base spot. With Steenstra moving on, Christian Moore is the only returning player with experience at second base.

Redshirt sophomore Austin Jaslove is a returning infielder while Logan Chambers played some second base in junior college before spending time at third base and outfield his first season in Knoxville.

Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.