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Former Tennessee Baseball Star Called Up To Majors

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The Detroit Tigers are calling up former Tennessee infielder Andre Lipcius up to their MLB roster for the final month of the baseball season.

Lipcius has spent the entirety of his professional career in Detroit’s farm system after the Tigers selected him in the third round of the 2019 MLB Draft.

Besides a stint on the IL, Lipcius has spent the whole 2023 season with the Toledo Mud Hens— the Tigers triple-A affiliate. In 97 games this season Lipcius is hitting .272 with 53 runs scored, 16 doubles, 11 home runs and 58 RBIs.

The Tigers called up Lipcius to make his MLB debut at the start of September as rosters expand from 26-to-28 players for the rest of the regular season. Teams who are uncompetitive in the playoff race, like the Tigers, often call up young players to either give them an opportunity or a gauging test of how they can handle playing in the show.

Lipcius was a staple of the Tennessee program in his three years in Knoxville. The Virginia native started all but one game in his college career first at shortstop and later at third base.

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The All-SEC infielder played his first collegiate season for Dave Serrano before being the best player on Tony Vitello’s first two Tennessee teams.

Lipcius hit .308 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 58 RBIs as a junior in 2019. Alongside outfielder Al Soularie, Lipcius carried a poor offense while the Vols’ pitching shined and Tennessee returned to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.

That season, which ended in the Chapel Hill Regional, was a major stepping stone in Vitello getting the Vols back to the top of the SEC and Lipcius was one of their best players.

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