Two Vols were selected in the MLB Draft on Wednesday.
Right-handed pitcher and former Sevier County star Zach Linginfelter was drafted by the Nationals in the 19th round with the 581st overall pick and catcher Benito Santiago was picked by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 34th round (no. 1,023 overall).
Santiago is a senior, so he will most likely sign with the Cardinals and go to the minor leagues. His father played 20 seasons in the majors for nine different teams.
Linginfelter is a sophomore but was eligible for the draft because he turned 21 in April. He can sign with Washington or return to school for at least another year.
Players at four-year universities are eligible for the draft after their junior year or after they turn 21, whichever comes first.
Linginfelter was drafted by the Yankees in the 16th round out of Sevier County High School in 2016. He dropped three rounds after two seasons at Tennessee. The 6-foot-5 righty posted a 3.93 ERA in 18 appearances (4 starts) for the Vols in 2018, striking out 71 and walking 38 in 55 innings.
He closed his sophomore year strong with a 2.96 ERA over his final six appearances, striking out 36 in 24.1 innings including a 14-K performance in his final outing against Missouri.
Santiago tied for the team lead in home runs (7) and doubles (15) while hitting .261 in his senior season.
LOCAL PLAYERS DRAFTED
Oak Ridge's Seth Caldwell joined Karns' Ryder Green as the only Knoxville-area high school players drafted this year. Caldwell was taken in the 29th round by the Angels. The right-handed pitcher is committed to Walters State Community College.
Speaking of Walters State, the Senators' Hunter Wolfe was picked by the Royals in the 19th round.
A round earlier, the Mets nabbed Tennessee Tech senior Chase Chambers with the 530th overall pick. The power-hitting first baseman is a graduate of Farragut High School. He was one of only ten players in the country to hit .400 this year and ranked second in the nation in the regular season with 76 RBI.
Chambers' teammate Travis Moths, a William Blount grad, was picked by the Diamondbacks in the 7th round on Tuesday. Moths leads the Golden Eagles with 95.2 innings pitched and 16 starts. He racked up 104 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA as a senior.
Tennessee Tech upset Ole Miss in the NCAA Oxford Regional and have advanced to the Super Regional round of the NCAA Tournament, where they will play Texas starting Friday.
Carson-Newman's Will Gardner (a Tennessee Tech transfer) was drafted by the Pirates in the 21st round. Gardner played quarterback at Morristown West in high school. The right-handed pitcher struck out 55 batters in 35 innings out of the bullpen for the Eagles as a senior, posting a 4.37 ERA.