Kyle Serrano 'excited to wear the orange and white'

Farragut pitcher not part of 1st round

Farragut pitcher Kyle Serrano throws to a batter during their game against Bearden Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Farragut won 2-0. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

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Farragut pitcher Kyle Serrano throws to a batter during their game against Bearden Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Farragut won 2-0. (Photo by Wade Payne, Special to the News Sentinel)

With one tweet from his father — the baseball coach at the University of Tennessee — the first window to play professional baseball closed on Farragut High School right-hander Kyle Serrano.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Serrano, a Tennessee signee, did not get selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft Thursday night. At 11:10 p.m., Dave Serrano tweeted: “Well it’s been a long night but Im happy to say @SerranoK34 is going to be a Vol. His dream will happen in 3 years. Still very proud!”

The first round featured 33 picks and six compensatory picks. Serrano was listed as the No. 35 prospect by Baseball America and No. 43 by MLB.com.

However, a player’s signability can affect whether those projections hold true. Serrano didn’t disclose the amount he desired to forgo college in his interview with the News Sentinel on Wednesday.

But here’s what Tennessee will get since Serrano will stay in Knoxville: a fastball that can touch 95 miles per hour and a serviceable slider and change-up.

He finished his senior season with a 7-1 mark and a 1.76 ERA. He struck out 111 batters in 63 innings.

He tweeted at 11:46 p.m.: “Couldn’t be more excited to wear the orange and white at the University of Tennessee next year!”

The draft ended Thursday with the 73rd pick (the end of the second round), and Pigeon Forge star Wil Crowe had not been taken, either.

MLB.com listed the 6-3, 225-pound Crowe as its No. 81 overall prospect. He is a South Carolina signee and the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year.

The draft resumes as 12:30 p.m. Friday with rounds 3-10. Rounds 11-40 are slated for Saturday.

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Comments » 14

SummittsCourt writes:

Welcome aboard young Serrano!

VOLsince68 writes:

Glad to hear this!!! Welcome to the hill (officially) young man.

FanNotSheep writes:

At last, something good for Vol baseball. More please.

Ironcity writes:

It would not count my chickens before they hatch. Any team could offer a over slot contract and could be on his way. The baseball draft is really tricky. I wish the best for Kyle and all the new Vols.

CoverOrange writes:

I wonder how many NCAA rules are violated daily.
"Hi dad."
"Sorry, son, talking to you would be an NCAA violation."
"That's okay dad, but can I borrow the car tonight?"
"Sorry son, that would be an NCAA violation. I also have discontinue your allowance and you'll have to buy your own food from now on."

linebam writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I wonder how many NCAA rules are violated daily.
"Hi dad."
"Sorry, son, talking to you would be an NCAA violation."
"That's okay dad, but can I borrow the car tonight?"
"Sorry son, that would be an NCAA violation. I also have discontinue your allowance and you'll have to buy your own food from now on."

I don't care who you are... that's funny, right there!

NowHearThis writes:

Leave it to UT to screw this kid up. Should have taken a little less money and began his career. Now it will be a crapshoot.

jawga writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I wonder how many NCAA rules are violated daily.
"Hi dad."
"Sorry, son, talking to you would be an NCAA violation."
"That's okay dad, but can I borrow the car tonight?"
"Sorry son, that would be an NCAA violation. I also have discontinue your allowance and you'll have to buy your own food from now on."

How 'bout this one late last night...Dad I thought I was projected 1st Rd & top 45 overall? What if I fall out of the 2nd tomorrow? No prob Son I'm sending a tweet now that you're "All Vol". If you'll just commit through the '16 season I can get a contract extension instead one of those nasty buyouts.

flatrock writes:

Wish his dad would appreciate the "Orange and White" of UT and burn all the ORANGE AND BLACK garbage that he and his team promote...

chipmurphy461 writes:

Welcome addition! On a different note...how did Will Crowe the baseball Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Tennessee, who is from Pigeon Forge, sign with South Carolina and not Tennessee?!?!?!?

tennesseeGARY writes:

in response to flatrock:

Wish his dad would appreciate the "Orange and White" of UT and burn all the ORANGE AND BLACK garbage that he and his team promote...

How angry must one be...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to chipmurphy461:

Welcome addition! On a different note...how did Will Crowe the baseball Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Tennessee, who is from Pigeon Forge, sign with South Carolina and not Tennessee?!?!?!?

Because Butch Jones didn't recruit him??

Banner writes:

in response to chipmurphy461:

Welcome addition! On a different note...how did Will Crowe the baseball Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Tennessee, who is from Pigeon Forge, sign with South Carolina and not Tennessee?!?!?!?

You make a good point. I would like to take it a step further.

Former Vol Pitchers Nic Blount and Brandon Zajac were also selected in the draft. Another former Vol pitcher Andy Hillis who baseball America said has been clocked up to 97 mph will likely be selected today and was drafted last year.

Question is couldn't Serrano have used these guys? Obviously somebody 
Iiked them.

Even more alarming is the fact that nine TN high schoolers were drafted and we only land the coach's own son!! Are you kidding me? A majority of these kids are from East TN.

In addition 7 Tennessee high school pitchers have signed with SEC schools. We have one, coach's kid.

Here are the high schoolers drafted in TN.

Clifton - Kentucky
Sheffield - Vanderbilt
Smith - Austin Peay
Biter - UAB
Crowe - South Carolina
Dullin - Ole Miss
Hudson - Miss State
Craig - Wake Forest

When you can't recruit your own state you can't recruit period! Let's keep recruiting California and Farragut High School. Future looks bleak!

Banner writes:

Correction:

Hillis was drafted in the 11th round by the Brewers. How good would the pitching staff would have been with Hillis throwing the ball up to 99 mph as your closer and Bount and Zajac. Wow!!! Serrano really knows talent. Let's not forget he dismissed Toles who would have been a top 3 round pick this season. Do you think they would have it made it to Hoover with these players??!

Yes they would have. I would love to know why he dumped all these guys? Tired of the egotistical California attitude. This self proclaimed guru of pitching and baseball is growing tiresome. Sounds like he invented baseball and Abner Doubleday didn't.

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