Former Tennessee Baseball center fielder and cleanup hitter Drew Gilbert was selected 28th overall by the Houston Astors in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft. Gilbert is the first volunteer to be selected in the draft.
Gilbert has been mocked as a first-round pick the entire offseason in this area, making his selection in the second half of the first round an expected selection.
Gilbert enters the Astros farm system after three terrific years in Tennessee, as a native of Stillwater, Minn., playing an instrumental role in the Vols’ back-to-back 50-win seasons in 2021 and 2022.
Originally a two-way player on Rocky Top, Gilbert became an elite center back for the Vols while serving as a cleanup hitter for the majority of the 2021 season and all of 2022.
Gilbert was widely recognized for his incredible efforts at the plate and defensively. Below are his career honors courtesy of UT Athletics.
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Gilbert was one of several Tennessee BaseVols who showed off the Vols’ villain-style mentality, and the power outfielder has been a fan favorite for the past two seasons. Now Gilbert is an Astro, one of the most hated teams in the league, keeping Gilbert on the bad side.
From his grand slam against Wright State at the 2021 NCAA Regionals to a stellar performance in the Vols’ first SEC Tournament victory in 27 years, Gilbert will live on in the memories of Tennessee Baseball fans for quite some time.
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