Vol Baseball Adds Hall, Warren to Roster

July 23, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Volunteer Baseball Program added two players to its 2014 signing class this week, including one former NAIA National Champion outfielder and one of the nation's top high school pitching prospects out of New Jersey.

On Monday, the Volunteers signed former Cumberland University outfielder Chris Hall. Hall, a native of Lebanon, Tenn., will join the Vols after capturing an NAIA National Championship title with Cumberland in 2014 and with two years of eligibility remaining following a redshirt freshman season in 2012.

Tennessee also signed left-handed pitcher Zachary Warren out of St. Augustine Preparatory School. Following his senior season with the Hermits, the lefty was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round of the June 2014 MLB Amateur Draft but did not sign.

The addition of Hall and Warren brings the 2014 signing class to a total of 11, including the signees previously announced last fall. Perfect Game currently ranks Tennessee's 2014 recruitment class as 13th overall in the nation.

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Chris Hall, OF (Lebanon, Tenn.)

An athletic outfielder, Hall served as Cumberland University's primary leadoff hitter in 2014. While with Cumberland last season, he helped the team to its third NAIA World Series title and hit .392 with 75 runs scored in 68 games (67 starts). Voted a Second Team NAIA All-American and First Team All-Mid-South Conference player, he also led Cumberland in hit-by-pitch totals (20) while his 42 walks and three triples ranked second-best on the club. Hall also led Cumberland's offense with a .510 on-base percentage and succeeded in 12 of his 16 stolen base attempts. In 2013, he posted a team-best .395 average through 52 games (42 starts) and recorded 50 runs scored with a .511 on-base percentage. He was voted Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Mid-South Conference that season, registering 14 multi-hit outings.

Recruiting Coordinator Aric Thomas on Hall:: "Chris is a guy who gets on base consistently and plays the style of baseball that we want to play. It's about putting pressure on your opponents so his on-base percentage, his walks and hit-by-pitch numbers were all very big things for us. The experience he brings to our team is also huge having won a national championship with Cumberland. His leadership as a mature player will only add to our club."

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Zachary Warren, LHP (Vineland, N.J.)

Drafted in the 23rd round of the June 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Warren is a tall, left-hander with an above average fastball and solid secondary pitches. As a senior, Warren was named a 2014 Northeast - All Region First Team pitcher by Perfect Game, as well as a 2013 Underclass Honorable Mention as a junior. He went 2-2 in 39.0 innings this season, while he posted a 6-1 record with a 1.26 ERA in 50.0 innings of work in 2013. Opponents also hit just .151 against Warren during his junior year with Prep.

Thomas on Warren: "Zach has a chance to be a power pitcher for us. He has a good fastball, good off-speed stuff and a projectable body which should only continue to improve in a collegiate environment. He has a chance to make an impact on our staff beginning Day 1. He's tall, he's physical and stays downhill on his pitches. With Zach on our team, he bolsters and adds strength in numbers to what we can do from the left side on the mound."

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