2013 Draft State Report: Tennessee

The Volunteer State can be tough to scout because of its length and three distinct sections: one based around Memphis, one based around Nashville and then the eastern third of the state. Several clubs have the state divided between area scouts and even crosscheckers. This year, the talent in the state brought crosscheckers and scouting directors for repeated visits, as the talent was deep, especially with high school pitching.

THIS YEAR’S CROP
***** One for the books
**** Banner year
*** Solid, not spectacular
** Not up to par
* Nothing to see here
Rating compares this year’s group to what a state typically produces, not to other states

Traditional powers were in play such as Knoxville’s Farragut High, NAIA power Lee and of course Vanderbilt, an old-money school but a newcomer to college baseball’s elite. The Commodores entered the NCAA regionals ranked No. 1 by Baseball America and had a deep stock of solid position player picks, with lefty Kevin Ziomek the only likely selection in the top three rounds. The next couple of seasons, though, Vanderbilt should contribute several first-round picks, led by sophomore Tyler Beede and freshman Carson Fulmer.

Coach Dave Serrano is trying to turn around Tennessee, but his rebuilding efforts may hit a snag as his own son, Kyle, had a breakthrough season and surged into first-round consideration as one of the country’s best prep righthanders. Serrano naturally is committed to play for his father, but the Vols may never see him pitch for them.

 NATIONAL TOP 500 PROSPECTS
BA 500 Scouting Reports

1. Kyle Serrano, rhp, Farragut HS, Knoxville (National Rank: 35)
2. Kevin Ziomek, lhp, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 51)
3. Jordan Sheffield, rhp, Tullahoma (Tenn.) HS (National Rank: 88)
4. Myles Smith, rhp, Lee (Tenn.) (National Rank: 108), 
5. Sam Moll, lhp, Memphis (National Rank: 117)
6. Wil Crowe, rhp, Pigeon Forge (Tenn.) HS (National Rank: 141)
7. Trevor Clifton, rhp, Heritage HS, Maryville, Tenn. (National Rank: 148)
8. Andy Hillis, rhp, Lee (Tenn.) (National Rank: 181)
9. Connor Harrell, of, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 235)
10. Mike Yastrzemski, of, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 251)
11. Tony Kemp, 2b, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 269)
12. Will Haynie, c, Brentwood (Tenn.) Academy HS (National Rank: 298)
13. Dakota Hudson, rhp, Sequatchie County HS, Dunlap, Tenn. (National Rank: 317)
14. Daniel Palo, rhp, Middle Tennessee State (National Rank: 349)
15. Erik Schoenrock, lhp, Memphis (National Rank: 350)
16. Dalton Dulin, 2b, Memphis (Tenn.) University HS (National Rank: 368)
17. Spencer Navin, c, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 398)
18. Conrad Gregor, 1b, Vanderbilt (National Rank: 425)
19. Zack Godley, rhp, Tennessee (National Rank: 487)

OTHER PROSPECTS OF NOTE

20. Hunter Brothers, rhp, Lipscomb
21. Hayden Stone, rhp, Columbia Central HS, Columbia, Tenn.
22. Phil Pfeiffer, lhp, Vanderbilt
23. Will Craig, rhp, Science Hill HS, Johnson City, Tenn.
24. Kerry Doane, rhp, East Tennessee State
25. Hunter Adkins, rhp, Middle Tennessee State
26. Tristan Archer, rhp, Tennessee Tech
27. Jordan Hankins, 2b, Austin Peay State
28. Cam Strickland, of, Farragut HS, Knoxville
29. Clint Freeman, lhp/of, East Tennessee State
30. Trey Griffin, of, Tennessee Wesleyan
31. Carlos Williams, of, Covington (Tenn.) HS
32. Craig Massoni, 1b/of, Austin Peay
33. T.J. Pecoraro, rhp, Vanderbilt
34. Reed Harper, ss, Austin Peay State
35. Jake Stone, 3b, Tennessee Wesleyan
36. Andrew Bowman, 1b, Arlington (Tenn.) HS
37. Ryan Quick, rhp, Austin Peay State
38. Zach Stephens, 1b, Tennessee Tech
39. Lee Ridenhour, rhp, Austin Peay State
40. Tyler Brosius, rhp, Walters State (Tenn.) JC
41. Danny Canela, c, Lee (Tenn.)
42. Jordan Cooper, rhp, Middle Tennessee State
43. Nick Williams, rhp, Tennessee
44. Hunter Hamilton, of, Arlington (Tenn.) HS
45. Andrew Green, of, East Tennessee State

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