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Former Tennessee Baseball Star On The Move At MLB Trade Deadline

Drew Gilbert with the Corpus Christi Hooks
Drew Gilbert with the Astros AA affiliate Corpus Christi Hooks // Photo by @cchooks on Twitter

Former Tennessee baseball star Drew Gilbert is on the move at the MLB trade deadline, Mark Feinsand first reported.

The Houston Astros traded their top prospect, Gilbert, to the New York Mets as part of the trade package that brought right-handed starter Justin Verlander to the Astros.

Houston is 60-47 at the trade deadline, half a game back in the AL West of the first place Texas Rangers.

The full terms of the trade have not been released but the Mets are expected to receive additional prospects in addition to the highly sought after Gilbert

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The Astros selected Gilbert with the 22nd pick of the 2023 MLB Draft and has quickly risen up the ranks in his year-plus in the Astros organization.

Gilbert hit .360 with six home runs, 15 extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 21 games in High-A earlier this season. The centerfielder struggled early in his time in Double-A but started to turn the corner in the last three weeks. Gilbert is hitting .241 with six home runs 17 extra-base hits and 20 RBIs in 60 games in Double-A.

In the Mets organization, Gilbert joins former Tennessee teammate Blade Tidwell who the organization recently called up to Double-A after a dominant two month stretch in High-A.

Gilbert was phenomenal in his Tennessee career, delivering highlight walk-off home runs against LSU and Wright State (regional). The Minnesota native earned First Team All-SEC honors as a junior in 2022, hitting .362 with 11 home runs, 36 extra-base hits and 70 RBIs.

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