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.