Jan. 25, 2014
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The start of the 2014 Tennessee baseball season is just 20 days away!
In January and February, UTSports.com will count down the days remaining until the start of the Vols' 2014 campaign (Feb. 14) with looks back at the many players who donned jersey numbers 30-1.
The baseball season in Knoxville kicks off on the diamond on Feb. 14 when the Vols host the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks at Lindsey Nelson Stadium at 4 p.m. With one of the youngest teams in the country in 2013, head coach Dave Serrano and company have the foundation in place on Rocky Top.
The 2014 slate is highlighted by 33 games in Knoxville, including early nonconference matchups against Purdue (Feb. 15-16) and UNLV (Feb. 21-23). The Vols open with a 13-game homestand, starting things off with three straight days of doubleheader action.
Practice has officially begun on Rocky Top. The Diamond Vols are in action all weekend, for more information visit this week's practice schedule, which includes a scrimmage pitching schedule.
In total, just 20 Vols have worn the No. 20, as sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart wore the No. 20 last season as a freshman and will be sporting it again in 2014. Today, we look back at All-American and current member of the Triple-A Nashville Sound, Kentrail Davis.
#20 Kentrail Davis
2008-09 | OF | 5-9 | 200 lbs. | L/R | Theodore, Ala.
A Theodore, Ala., native, outfielder Kentrail Davis burst onto the scene in Knoxville as a freshman in 2008. Davis earned four separate Freshman All-America honors - a Tennessee first - after leading the Vols in nine offensive categories and claiming the team Triple Crown by pacing the club in batting average (.330), home runs (13) and RBIs (44). He logged four multi-homer games and led the Vols with 21 multi-hit games.
Davis was a second-team All-SEC selection and unanimously named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. He was the only freshman in the country to be named one of 50 semifinalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award. He was also among the first of 12 players in the nation to accept an invitation to USA Baseball's 2008 National Team Trials. Davis made the squad for the first time after leading the team in nine different offensive categories during the 2008 National Team Trials. The freshman hit .450 with 11 runs, six homers, 19 RBI, a .925 slugging percentage and a .542 on-base percentage with Team USA. Davis was also just Tennessee's second freshman since 1980 to lead the team in batting average.
Davis started 53 games in center field and two as the designated hitter as a sophomore, finishing tied for third on the team with 18 multi-hit games and drove in multiple runs in eight games. He hit .308 in his second season with nine home runs, 30 RBIs and 12 doubles. He was one of just two Vols to start all 55 games. Davis also graced the Interstate 40 billboard during his time and had his own bobblehead.
He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (39th overall) of the 2009 MLB Draft, becoming UT's 15th First-Round Draft pick. Davis has worked his way up the ranks in the Brewers' organization, playing for the Brevard County Manatees (A+), Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Single-A), Huntsville Stars (Double-A) and most recently the Nashville Sounds (Triple-A) in 2013. He played in 49 games for the Sounds this season, hitting .270 with two home runs, 14 RBIs, three triples, seven doubles, 53 total hits and 27 runs scored.
NOTES FROM DAVIS' BIO
- Full name is Kentrail Latron Davis
- Drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 14th Round out of high school
- Was featured in Baseball America as 2007 Louisville Slugger/BCA High School Player of the Year for the state of Alabama
#20 Christin Stewart
2013-14 | OF | 6-0 | 205 lbs. | L/R | Lawrenceville, Ga.
In his freshman season, outfielder Christin Stewart started 43 games, hitting .310 with eight doubles and two triples. His .310 batting average was tops among Vols' freshmen. He led the team in RBIs (27), multiple RBI games (7) and tied for the team lead with three home runs. He finished the season tied for second on the team in walks (21) and triples (2). Stewart made his Tennessee debut on Feb. 15, 2013 at UNLV, going 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Stewart enters his sophomore season after a breakout summer in the Alaska Baseball League. He was named the ABL's Most Valuable Player after leading the Mat-Su Miners with 31 RBIs, 14 doubles and five home runs. He also ranked second in the league in batting average (.336), hits (42) and runs scored (26). For his performance, the Georgia native was named the summer league's No. 1 Major League prospect and earned All-American status according to Perfect Game.
NOTES FROM HIS BIO
- Full name is Christin Gaylin Harris Stewart
- Majoring in world business
- Graduated from Providence Christian Academy
- Launched 69 home runs during his prep career, tying current MLB player Micah Owings for the Georgia state career record and finishing just shy of the national record of 75.