It’s been a big week for Tennessee baseball and the transfer portal.
Despite losing star pitcher Chase Burns to the portal Tuesday, Tony Vitello and staff have been on a heater, picking up NC State transfer catcher Cannon Peebles and Wichita State relief pitcher Nate Snead.
Two highly sought after prospects that were recruited by Vanderbilt and Arkansas, respectively, Peebles and Snead will contribute immediately for the Vols and each have two years of college ball remaining.
Peebles figures to fortify the catcher position for UT given his excellent bat and solid defense, meaning Tennessee will be strong at the position for the first time since Connor Pavolony in 2021.
Snead will compete for the day three starting role in 2024, but if he doesn’t win the job, he will still be a top bullpen arm. The former Shocker has can touch 100 mph on the gun with his fastball and has an above-average curveball. While he’s just a two-pitch guy at the moment, pitching coach Frank Anderson and Vitello will look to add more pitches to his arsenal.
Tennessee is getting a pair of immediate contributors at positions of need, making it a big week for the Vols in the transfer portal early in the offseason.
For more on Peebles and Snead, watch the latest High & Tight below, presented by Gambuzza’s Barbershop.