Life is full of ups and downs, especially the life of an athlete.
Less than two days ago, the Tennessee Volunteers were bounced from the NCAA Tournament by the North Carolina Tar Heels. Now, two players on their way to the major leagues.
According to Wes Rucker of GoVols 247, both Andre Lipcius and Garrett Stallings were selected in the MLB Draft on Tuesday.
Lipcius, the Vols’ third basemen was taken by the Detroit Tigers in the third round, while Stallings was taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth round.
Per Rucker, both players are expected to sign, but can decide to opt out and return to school if they wish to do so. The average value of Lipcius’ pick is $733,100, and the average value of Stallings’ pick is $353,700, according to figures released by MLB
Both players were key to a season that saw Tennessee reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Lipcius, a junior, finished 2019 with career-highs in slugging percentage (.586), runs (51), hits (73), home runs (17), and stolen bases (10) in 237 at-bats. He improved in almost every category across the board.
Stallings was clutch as well, earning All-SEC honors en route to an (8-5) record for the 2019 season. His best performance of the season arguably came in a late-season win against the Ole Miss Rebels that helped the Vols get into the tournament.
Congratulations to both of these players. Hopefully they’ll go on to have long, successful careers in the majors.
And hopefully there will be more Vols to follow in the future.