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Baseball Roster Coming Together for Spring

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It may be Football Time in Tennessee, but the baseball team's 13th ranked class is on campus and the Vols are making room for them.

Dave Serrano hopes his Vols will be in this dugout in 2015.
Dave Serrano hopes his Vols will be in this dugout in 2015.
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The Tennessee Baseball team has officially released its updated roster, listing 37 players on the team this fall.   This includes nine freshmen and two incoming transfers.   Tennessee's late addition of Zach Warren this summer allowed the Vols to secure the 13th rated recruiting class according to Perfect Game.  With the NCAA only allowing 35 players on a team in the spring semester, the Vols have had to try to cut down their roster.  They have lost five players to graduation, two players have transferred, two players have left the team, and do-everything player and rising senior Will Maddox was drafted and left early to sign.   They are still two players over, so we will probably see some more transfers before spring.  Currently the roster with last season's experience is:

Seniors

Parker Wormsley - INF/OF - 5 starts in 17 games played.
Tyler Schultz - C - 24 starts in 32 games played.
Peter Lenstrohm - RHP - 37 Innings pitched in 24 games (2 starts).
Johnny Youngblood - OF - 9 starts in 25 games played.
Bret Marks - RHP - 14 IP in 10 games (4 starts).
Eric Martin - RHP - 5 IP in 3 games.

Juniors

Jeff Moberg - INF - 1 start in 15 games played.
A.J. Simcox
- INF - 52 starts in 52 games played.
Derek Lance - OF/INF - 21 starts in 32 games played.
Christin Stewart - OF - 54 starts in 54 games played.
David Houser - C - 30 starts in 34 games played.
Andrew Lee - RHP/1B - 57.2 IP in 23 games (7 starts); 2 starts in 6 games at 1B
Drake Owenby - LHP - 25.1 IP in 21 games (1 start).
Jared Pruett - INF
Vincent Jackson - OF - 42 starts in 49 games played.
Andy Cox - LHP - 77.1 IP in 27 games (6 starts).
Steven Kane - RHP - Transfer from Cypress College.  He was drafted in the 34th round in this years MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, and in the 28th round of last years Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
Chris Hall - OF - Transfer from Cumberland University.  2nd Team all NAIA as well as NAIA National Scholar-Athlete.

Sophomores


Jordan Rodgers
- INF - 5 starts in 11 games played.
Kyle Serrano - RHP - 59.1 IP in 19 games (9 starts).
Nick Senzel - INF - 53 starts in 53 games played.
Nathaniel Maggio - 1B - 36 starts in 44 games played.
Hunter Martin - RHP - 63.2 IP in 14 games (12 starts).
Tei Vanderford (RS) - RHP

Freshmen

Benny Santiago - C - PG Rank #86.  He was drafted in the 38th round by the San Francisco Giants.  He's the son of former major league catcher Benito Santiago.
Jake Westphal - RHP/OF - PG Rank #166
Brodie Leftridge - OF - PG Rank #206
Dominick Cammarata - C - PG Rank #288
Zach Warren - LHP - PG Rank #344. He was drafted in the 23rd round by the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brett Langhorne - SS/INF - PG Rank #368
Richard Jackson - RHP - PG Rank #500
Aaron Soto - LHP - PG Rank Top 1000
Zach Reid - LHP
Quint Robinson (RS) - RHP
Andrew Plunkett (RS) - OF
Forrest Bramlett (RS) - C
Eric Freeman (RS) - RHP

Departures

Will Maddox - Drafted in the 18th round by the Detroit Tigers.
Nick Williams - Exhausted Eligibility. Drafted in the 26th round by the Miami Marlins.
Taylor Smart - Exhausted Eligibility. Drafted in the 26th round by the Seattle Mariners.

Scott Price - Exhausted Eligibility. Signed with the San Francisco Giants.
Dalton Saberhagen - Exhausted Eligibility
Pierce Bily - Exhausted Eligibility

Trevor Bettencourt - Pitched 62.1 innings in 40 games during his 2 seasons at Tennessee, going 3-4 with 5 saves. His ERA was 4.91. He had Tommy John surgery this summer and is transferring to UC Santa Barbara.
Josh Peterson - Pitched 29.1 Innings in 19 games with 2 wins and a 2.45 ERA in one season. Spent two seasons at Walters State beforehand. He is transferring to Milligan College for his senior season.
Trevor Charpie - In two seasons he pitched in 22 games, and went 3-4 with a 6.75 ERA.  However he only appeared in one inning last season retiring two batters on his only two pitches of the year.
Zac Grotz - Pitched 6 innings in 6 games for the Vols last season. Struck out 7 and had a 6.00 ERA. Pitched a season at both Cal State Monterey Bay and College of San Mateo.


Lane Thomas and Kevin Steen were two other Vol signees but did not enroll after being selected in the 5th and 9th rounds respectively in the MLB draft.

Also in baseball news, the 2015 Tennessee Vols recruiting class is currently rated 9th nationally by Perfect Game with 10 commits (3 top 100 commits and 7 top 200).   This is good enough for fifth in the SEC behind Vandy's crazy 20 man (10 top 100) class, Florida, Mississippi State, and South Carolina.