June 9, 2009
Tennessee baseball players Kentrail Davis and Bryan Morgado had their names called Tuesday in the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With the two selections, the Volunteers now have had 106 players drafted a total of 117 times since the free-agent draft began in 1965.
Davis was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers with the 39th overall pick in the supplemental first round. He was the 13th Vol ever to be taken in the first round of the MLB draft. Morgado was picked by the Chicago White Sox in the third round (102nd overall pick).
In 18 seasons as a collegiate coach, UT coach Todd Raleigh has now produced 36 MLB draft picks.
Tennessee has had at least one player selected in each of the last 26 drafts, with 98 selections during that span.
Davis earned four separate Freshman All-America honors, a UT first, in 2008 after leading the Vols in nine offensive categories. He claimed the team triple crown by pacing the club in batting average (.330), home runs (13) and RBIs (44). He also logged four multi-homer games and led the Vols with 21 multi-hit games.
This season, the Theodore, Ala., native continued to be an important part of the Tennessee offense, boasting a .308 average, nine home runs and 30 RBIs. He was also second on the team with 33 walks and had a .424 on-base percentage.
Davis is the sixth Tennessee player ever to be drafted by the Brewers.
"To be selected in the first round of the draft is a great honor for anyone," Raleigh said. "It is certainly a great thing, and we are very happy for him."
The supplemental first round consists of compensation picks for MLB teams that have lost free agent players during the offseason. Milwaukee received the 39th overall pick in the draft and the seventh pick of the supplemental first round after Type A free-agent pitcher CC Sabathia signed with the New York Yankees in the offseason.
After redshirting the 2007 season, Morgado has played a prominent role in the Tennessee pitching staff for the last two years. A second-team Freshman All-America selection, Morgado proved himself as a strikeout guru in 2008. He ranked third in the SEC with 104 strikeouts, and posted an impressive 11.66 strikeouts per nine innings to rank among the national leaders.
In 2009, the Miami, Fla., native started five games and made 15 appearances out of the bullpen. He finished the year 4-2 with a 6.36 ERA and two saves while striking out a team high 75 batters in 52 1/3 innings.
Morgado becomes the fifth Vol ever to be drafted by the White Sox.
"I am excited just about being taken," Morgado said. "I was not expecting the White Sox at all but it is an awesome feeling. I am excited to get to work but right now I am just celebrating with my family."