Two important pieces for Tennessee baseball coach Todd Raleigh won’t return for the 2011 season.
First baseman Cody Hawn and outfielder P.J. Polk both signed pro contracts after being selected Tuesday in the Major League Baseball draft.
The two juniors could have returned to UT with the opportunity to be drafted again.
Hwan signed with Milwaukee after being drafted by the Brewers for the second time.
Financial terms were not released. Hawn was assigned to the advanced rookie league affiliate in Helena, Mont., of the Pioneer League.
The Brewers selected Hawn in the sixth round with the 189th overall pick. Milwaukee originally selected the former South-Doyle High School standout in the 23rd round of the 2007 draft.
Hawn also was drafted in 2008 by the Oakland Athletics in the 41st round.
The move ends what would have almost assuredly been a successful run at UT’s all-time home run mark. Hawn had 36 home runs in his two seasons at UT, placing him third all-time and just two behind Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who had 38 at UT from 1993-95.
Last season, Hawn hit .327 with 14 home runs and a team-best 61 RBIs. He also led the team with a .593 slugging percentage and was second with a .441 on-base percentage.
Polk signed with the Detroit Tigers. He was selected in the 13th round with the 403rd overall pick.
Polk, who hit .352 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs, is expected to be assigned to the Connecticut Tigers in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League.
Catcher Blake Forsythe has yet to sign with New York Mets and Bryan Morgado, who was drafted by Philadelphia, said he doesn’t plan to return to the Vols.