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VFL Baseball Roundup: Drew Gilbert on the Rise, Nick Senzel on SportsCenter Top 10

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Former Tennessee outfielder Drew Gilbert signing with the Houston Astros. Photo via @Astros on Twitter.

Two quick notes on former Tennessee baseball players from the last few days.

Starting things out from Sunday, VFL and former Farragut Admiral Nick Senzel was featured in the SportsCenter Top 10 on Sunday morning after a terrific play at third base on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati.

In the top of the first inning, the Reds’ third baseman saved at least one run from the Chicago White Sox with a miraculous play at third base. Senzel backhanded the sharply hit ball on the ground, then, while falling backward from his knees, completed the more than 127-foot throw from one bag to the other for the final out of the inning.

Senzel’s play landed at No. 9 on the Top 10 from Saturday.

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This also comes just less than two weeks after Senzel hit his first MLB walk-off home run at home against the Texas Rangers.

Senzel is currently hitting .260 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 77 at-bats this season for the Reds (14-20).

Monday presented big news for a former Tennessee fan-favorite.

According to Chandler Rome of The Athletic, the Houston Astros are promoting VFL and top prospect Drew Gilbert to Double-A with the Corpus Christi Hooks in Texas. Gilbert has played his last 21 games with the Asheville Tourists and has been tearing up the competition.

In 86 at-bats for the Tourists, Gilbert is hitting .360 with 31 hits, 21 runs, 18 RBIs, 59 total bases, eight doubles, and six home runs. The former Tennessee standout recently recorded his second multi-home run game in an eight-day stretch as he hit two out of the park on May 3 for the Tourists.

The Corpus Christi Hooks (11-15) are currently ranked fourth out of five teams in the Texas League South Double-A division. The Hooks are in need of a strong bat in the lineup with a run differential of -10 through the first 26 games of the season.

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