Hawn signs with Milwaukee; Polk agrees with Tigers

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.

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Comments » 11

RoadTrip writes:

So, dreamers - any other big ideas on how this team is going to win more than they lose next year?

A good, competitive SEC quality baseball program has been taken apart piece by piece since CTR's arrival. Well, MH - you got what you asked for.

Futurecoach16 writes:

This is not the end of the world. Hate to see those two go, but I was expecting them to go pro after this season. So far I'm not surprised to see any of the guys drafted go, and I doubt Raleigh is surprised by this. Good luck boys. I'll be rooting for you your entire career.

flatrock writes:

Probably did not want to return to the worst-dressed team in organized baseball...I will let
Raleigh's won-loss record speak to his coaching,
but I am positive I have never seen uglier
uniforms in my life.

loudonloudmouth writes:

Mark it down the exadous has only begun. Look for more Vols to run from Rocky Top. Hamilton and other brass were warned and know the low down on their boy TR. When half his starting group is not there next year all the TR protectors will shake their heads in disbelief. They just don't know how they have protected this jerk and all he has done to tear the program apart.

TrouserCough writes:

Was Raleigh a factor in these guys signing? Particularly P.J. given how late he was selected.

bryan14 writes:

I had a parent tell me after the last game this seasont that between 6 & 12 players would not be back next season if CTR remained as coach. It looks like that parent knew what they were talking about. As for Mike Hamilton his only saving grace is that "Big Jim" is much to busy trying to get "little bill" elected to the highest political office in Tennessee and he does not have the time to fire & hire a new athletic director. Some people are just don't have the personality to be the head man, they are much better being the number two man. Hamilton seems to be that type of person.

bullit writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Wow. Well said. Hamiton should have been gone a long time ago. Pearl's hiring has taken him this far, now he has to go....hurry!

voloffaith writes:

in response to loudonloudmouth:

Mark it down the exadous has only begun. Look for more Vols to run from Rocky Top. Hamilton and other brass were warned and know the low down on their boy TR. When half his starting group is not there next year all the TR protectors will shake their heads in disbelief. They just don't know how they have protected this jerk and all he has done to tear the program apart.

exadous = exodus for those from Loma Linda Calif. This group of postings is all positive(except one..referred to as Mr. Bacon) if you take notice. All positively negative in content. Let's see how many signees that were drafted jump ship also before all is gloom and doom. Who are you going to bring in to a program with low scholarships and a fan base that is so negative on baseball. Seems that I recall the same lack of bliss with Coach Delmonico also....oh well it is the summer so the comments reflect boredom and negativity.

us43137415#376444 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

exadous = exodus for those from Loma Linda Calif. This group of postings is all positive(except one..referred to as Mr. Bacon) if you take notice. All positively negative in content. Let's see how many signees that were drafted jump ship also before all is gloom and doom. Who are you going to bring in to a program with low scholarships and a fan base that is so negative on baseball. Seems that I recall the same lack of bliss with Coach Delmonico also....oh well it is the summer so the comments reflect boredom and negativity.

No dude.. it is not boredom and negativity. You're drinking too much Raleigh Kool-aid, which, of course, has too much sugar in it. Where have you been? Many Vol fans, including this one, were yelling for CTR's head last year about this time, and we should have gotten it..

The fact is, given Raleigh's rosy picture of the 2010 team, we should have just finished a good run in the SEC tournament, and had some good games in the CWS regionals. He stopped short of suggesting we would make it to Omaha, but his prediction of where we would be right now, was a lot farther than we ended up.

So yeah, go ahead and count this one as a negative comment. Raleigh is the height of mediocrity, he and all his public relations people.

And about your Delmonico reference... he did OK, but he did not smooze the financial backers, the folks who give the UT Athletics Department money. It wasn't a "lack of bliss" with Delmonico.. it was his refusing to work the donors that got him fired. And good riddance. Many of us who gave the department money, were glad to see him go, and are equally as glad to have him gone. Is he coaching collegiately anywhere? There is a reason for that.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to loudonloudmouth:

Mark it down the exadous has only begun. Look for more Vols to run from Rocky Top. Hamilton and other brass were warned and know the low down on their boy TR. When half his starting group is not there next year all the TR protectors will shake their heads in disbelief. They just don't know how they have protected this jerk and all he has done to tear the program apart.

Been 4 more days, and still only those drafted have been said to be leaving the program. Where's your exodus that you keep speaking of? Hmmm? Those that you say are wanting to leave will need to make a decision soon, due to the deadlines of getting into another school.

feathersax writes:

Glad DelMonico is gone, but TR needs to follow him out the door. Alan Cockrell, Rick Honeycutt & Phil Garner should be Hamilton's targets. As for you Dooley-bashers...you make me sick.

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