Tyler Smith's signing with Rangers a blow for Serrano

Pitcher Zack Godley got in some beneficial work at the USA baseball training camp last week.

Godley, already a key arm for Tennessee's 2013 season, became even more critical to the Vols after recruit Tyler Smith signed with the Texas Rangers.

Smith, a 19th-round draft choice out of USC-Sumter, received a $135,000 signing bonus, according to Baseball America.

UT coach Dave Serrano had hoped Smith would be a weekend starter for the Vols, who are trying to climb out of the SEC cellar.

But losing two junior college signees, Smith and Adam Giacalone, to the draft, puts the onus back on returnees Godley and Nick Williams — and the search for a third weekend starter.

Serrano took advantage of his post as coach of the USA collegiate national team to add Godley as an alternate during camp.

The right-hander pitched four innings over four games, allowing one run and recording eight strikeouts.

"It was great,'' said Godley. "I'm glad I got the chance to throw quite a few innings this last week. It was a great boost to my confidence heading into the fall with a new group of guys and my second year with coach Serrano.''

As an alternate, Godley did not make the trip to Cuba this week.

"I'm very proud of how he carried himself and represented the University of Tennessee,'' Serrano said of the training camp stint.

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MLL writes:

These kids are totally mislead. Does this kid and his family really think he has a high probability of success in the pros? Ego trip on the part of the kid and mom and dad. He is good enough to make the pros now he will be just as good if not better in 2 years with 2 years of college education in the bag. Bad, bad decision.

ArmyDad writes:

in response to MLL:

These kids are totally mislead. Does this kid and his family really think he has a high probability of success in the pros? Ego trip on the part of the kid and mom and dad. He is good enough to make the pros now he will be just as good if not better in 2 years with 2 years of college education in the bag. Bad, bad decision.

$135K for a 19th round pick isn't chicken feed, and he most likely also got an educational annuity in addition to the signing bonus that will pay for his last two years of college. It's a gamble either way. If he goes to college and gets hurt or his stock goes down he is a loser. There are two sides to the story, and sometimes it is best to take the sure thing when it presents itself.

BradleyJKinkaid writes:

in response to ArmyDad:

$135K for a 19th round pick isn't chicken feed, and he most likely also got an educational annuity in addition to the signing bonus that will pay for his last two years of college. It's a gamble either way. If he goes to college and gets hurt or his stock goes down he is a loser. There are two sides to the story, and sometimes it is best to take the sure thing when it presents itself.

I understand the delimma these kids & families must face, although I have not experienced it personally.

But I ask this totally out of curiosity, what is the percentage of college kids (I guess specifically pitchers in this case) who will suffer career ending/severely hampering injuries?

Seems more prudent to go to college to me.

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

in response to BradleyJKinkaid:

I understand the delimma these kids & families must face, although I have not experienced it personally.

But I ask this totally out of curiosity, what is the percentage of college kids (I guess specifically pitchers in this case) who will suffer career ending/severely hampering injuries?

Seems more prudent to go to college to me.

So he goes to college blows out his arm and gets nothing. He goes to minors gets a check for 135k blows out his arm and goes back to college.

Seems the kid has a better start with 135k in the bank then nothing at all, so tell me again how that's a bad decision?

MikeInTN writes:

Does this mean the Vols will be in the East Division basement again next year?!!

VolzsFan writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Does this mean the Vols will be in the East Division basement again next year?!!

Yes. Just another great program Hamilton ruined.

Enjoy the change!!

voloffaith writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Does this mean the Vols will be in the East Division basement again next year?!!

Stir the pot... 'double double toil and trouble' Cauldron man you are(apparently)....are ewe the formerly mike the tiger?

Gonna be tough losing an arm we were counting on....

proudveteran writes:

My heart goes out to Coach Serrano with the loss of these players. Hopefully within this dark cloud there is a silver lining. This has to be a bad decision for Smith which he will learn in about 2 or 3 years when he is finished with baseball period...19th round is the pitts!!! At that point unless the has the college education payments in his contract, he will be working at Walmart or some other minimum wage job. What a shame to throw away an opportunity to mature, improve and have a better chance to make it. I think we have the coach to get us back, even with a few bumps in getting there.

arkyvol writes:

slower turnaround than expected, but i'm confident serrano has got them going in the right direction. its just going to be a longer trip.

thanks again hammy, wherever the hell you are.

RoadTrip writes:

Which goes to show just how MH messed up the baseball program by giving Raleigh 4 incompetent years. If he had made the change after Year 2 and at worst case Year 3, the roster would not have gone down that bad that losing a couple of pitching recruits would matter near as much. CDS knows what to do, we just need to give him our full support.

clvolfan writes:

135.000 won't last long out there in "A" league.
Guess Serrano is not immune to the same problems that beset the FB coaches.

Fall_Creek_Vols writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Stir the pot... 'double double toil and trouble' Cauldron man you are(apparently)....are ewe the formerly mike the tiger?

Gonna be tough losing an arm we were counting on....

Sure it isn't Mike from Storrs? It's probably all the same guy.

Here's what I'm counting on: Serrano apparently has some pretty deep contacts. (What a great opportunity for Godley!) Out there somewhere, is someone we've never heard of who's gonna become a name. I believe in this coach.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

This is just another example of why the NCAA needs to wake up and make their rules treat all sports the same. The current way they do things with baseball players just makes it so neither the MLB organization or the college knows what they've got until well after signing day/draft day. No other major sports allow this BS.

A basketball player can declare for the draft, then change his mind by a deadline before the draft, and come back to school to play. A football player can't even do that. Once he says he's going to be available for the draft, he's done at the college level forever. Baseball players can wait until after the draft to make a decision. When is the NCAA going to bring them all in line?

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor ask if anyone notice when Wes and Beth are advertising for the Pay Site how the same ole trolls show up here? Witch Doctor say they are marketing geniuses! yawn
Bones never lie.

BambooBoy writes:

The Plan is still in motion! Believe in The Plan! Believe in Serrano!!

FanNotSheep writes:

College baseball fans want the kids to go to college. No surprise there. But you're kidding yourself if you think a high percentage of these athletes really get much out of their "education" -- many are tutored and pampered in high school and college to keep them eligible, and treated preferentially all along the way. The main thing a lot of them learn is how it feels to get your butt kissed. You'd best believe they will get a real world education playing 'A' ball and riding crowded buses from one small town to the next.

ArmyDad writes:

in response to clvolfan:

135.000 won't last long out there in "A" league.
Guess Serrano is not immune to the same problems that beset the FB coaches.

$135K is his signing bonus. He will also be paid the same salary as every other player in single A baseball.

Some of you folks really don't understand how it works.

All of the SEC baseball programs, as well as most of the other better baseball league schools, go through this every year with their recruits. It's the nature of the beast. If they don't lose some recruits to professional baseball then they aren't recruiting and signing top talent in the first place.

I'd love to see every one of the recruits for UT and every other college end up enrolling and attending college and playing college baseball, but that's just not realistic.

BigBadVol writes:

Anyone that thinks that 135,000 is a lot of money isn't paying attention. That money will be gone in a couple of years. Then what? Bad decision!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to ArmyDad:

$135K is his signing bonus. He will also be paid the same salary as every other player in single A baseball.

Some of you folks really don't understand how it works.

All of the SEC baseball programs, as well as most of the other better baseball league schools, go through this every year with their recruits. It's the nature of the beast. If they don't lose some recruits to professional baseball then they aren't recruiting and signing top talent in the first place.

I'd love to see every one of the recruits for UT and every other college end up enrolling and attending college and playing college baseball, but that's just not realistic.

Yeah, and that ranges from less than $1000/month to a whopping $2150/month. It's a great life of poverty, but hey, they're playing baseball!

ArmyDad writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Yeah, and that ranges from less than $1000/month to a whopping $2150/month. It's a great life of poverty, but hey, they're playing baseball!

So, what is your point? College baseball players don't get full rides. They still have to come up with money themselves to fund what their scholarships (usually about a 50% ride for the better players in the SEC) don't cover. It's a decision each individual has to weigh depending on his own particular situation. You can't make a blanket statement that covers everybody.

No, minor league money isn't great. It's pretty much enough to pay basic living expenses. It is, however, the shot to make it to the big leagues and have a chance to earn big money.

Like I said, some people just don't have a clue what they are talking about.

GONAVY writes:

in response to ArmyDad:

$135K is his signing bonus. He will also be paid the same salary as every other player in single A baseball.

Some of you folks really don't understand how it works.

All of the SEC baseball programs, as well as most of the other better baseball league schools, go through this every year with their recruits. It's the nature of the beast. If they don't lose some recruits to professional baseball then they aren't recruiting and signing top talent in the first place.

I'd love to see every one of the recruits for UT and every other college end up enrolling and attending college and playing college baseball, but that's just not realistic.

Well said.

GONAVY writes:

Serrano received more bad pitching news last week I think? He had a commitment from an all-state pitcher from Columbia Highschool who flipped on him and now will go to Vanderbilt. Serrano needs time; given that he will bring UT back up and competing for championships. But the way so many are calling for the head of Dooley after only 3 years (and the train wreck he inherited) makes me wonder if the admin will show Serrano patience...

etu_vol_fan writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Yeah, and that ranges from less than $1000/month to a whopping $2150/month. It's a great life of poverty, but hey, they're playing baseball!

If a kid can sit on most of that $135K then I don't see the problem. Starting out at $1000 a month is not much but hell, how many 18 year olds make more than that anyway? Worse case scenario is he flames out in 3 years but has $135K in the bank to complete a pretty nice education with NO student loans to pay back. It's all a cr@p shoot at best.

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