Volunteer, Commodore go early in MLB Draft

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(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee infielder went second overall to the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night in the Major League Baseball Draft.

That makes Nick Senzel the highest draft pick ever to come out of Knoxville.

He hit .352 this season for the Volunteers with 8 home runs, 25 doubles and 59 runs batted in.

Some scouting reports had him ranked as the most pro ready hitter in the draft. Over three seasons with the Volunteers from 2014-16, Senzel owns a .332 average with 196 hits and 126 RBI through 160 career games for the Orange and White.

Vanderbilt pictcher Jordan Sheffield went 36th overall to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Sheffield was the Commodores Friday night starter and finished the season 8-6 with a 3.01 ERA. Most impressive for Sheffield though, were 113 strikeouts in only 100 innings of work.

The Commodores also junior left-handed pitcher Ben Bowden go 45th overall to the Colorado Rockies.

Bowden went 2-1 this season with 10 saves.

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