June 13, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee senior Zach Osborne will get the opportunity to continue his playing career as he signed a free-agent contract with the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
"It's unbelievable," Osborne said. "I wasn't ready for my career to end on that last Saturday against Arkansas and I am very fortunate to get such a great opportunity with such a great organization.
"I was pretty stunned that I didn't get drafted, but it wasn't five minutes after the draft ended that I got a text from a scout who told me to keep my head up and that there still might be an opportunity for me as a free agent. Fortunately, God gave me another chance to continue playing a game I love."
Osborne has already reported to Pasco, Wash., where he will begin his professional career with the Tri-City Dust Devils, the Short Season Class-A affiliate for the Rockies.
A four-year starter at shortstop for the Volunteers, Osborne played in 216 career games, placing him third on the all-time list behind Michael Rivera (219) and Ed Lewis (217).
He finished his career at Rocky Top with his name all over the Tennessee record book as he also ranks first with 564 defensive assists and 28 sacrifice bunts, second with 783 at-bats, fifth with 176 singles, eighth with 11 sacrifice flies and ninth with 225 hits.
Osborne joined the UT program in 2009, leading the team with a .325 batting average in conference play and starting 54 games en route to SEC All-Freshman team accolades. As a sophomore, he started all 56 games at short and hit a career-high five home runs.
The Louisville, Ky., native had his best year at the plate as a junior in 2011 as he hit at a .330 clip over the course of 50 contests. In his senior campaign, Osborne committed just five errors in 55 games as he posted a stellar .981 fielding percentage. He also set career highs with 10 doubles and eight stolen bases.
Osborne will become the 10th former Vol to play in the Colorado organization, with a pair of former Tennessee quarterbacks reaching the Major League level with the Rockies in Alan Cockrell (1996) and current Colorado first baseman Todd Helton (1997-present).