Chicago Cubs draft Tennessee pitcher Zack Godley in 10th round

Crowe is set to play for South Carolina

Zack Godley

Zack Godley

Cody Stubbs

Cody Stubbs

Wil Crowe

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Wil Crowe

After 11 hours of the Major League Baseball draft, there have been 316 players selected in two days. Just not that many with ties to East Tennessee.

The Chicago Cubs selected Tennessee senior right-hander Zack Godley in the 10th round Friday.

The Kansas City Royals chose former Tennessee and Walters State player Cody Stubbs in the eighth round. Stubbs is now a first baseman at North Carolina.

Meanwhile, area high school pitchers Kyle Serrano (Farragut), Wil Crowe (Pigeon Forge) and Trevor Clifton (Heritage) remain undrafted heading into Saturday’s final day and rounds 11-40.

The 6-foot-3 Godley became the 51st player in Tennessee baseball history to go in the first 10 rounds when the Cubs took him with the 288th pick.

Godley was 5-7 this season with a 3.49 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 108.1 innings. He had six complete games.

Godley is from Bamberg, S.C., and played at Spartanburg Methodist as a freshman before transferring to Tennessee.

Conversely, Stubbs — the 234th pick of the draft — left Tennessee after his freshman season in 2010.

The Waynesville, N.C., native was selected in the 2009 draft in the 29th round by the Boston Red Sox and in 2011 by the Washington Nationals.

A senior now, Stubbs will likely sign once his season concludes. The Tar Heels (55-9) will play host to South Carolina this weekend in an NCAA Super Regional. The 6-4 Stubbs leads the team in hitting (.372) and doubles (24). His eight home runs rank third and 76 RBIs second.

Stubbs appeared in 46 games in the 2010 season for Tennessee. He transferred to Walters State and led the Senators in batting average (.403) and RBIs (75). He also hit 17 home runs and 16 doubles.

Though Godley’s departure will be felt in the pitching rotation, Tennessee got good news Thursday night after the first round. Coach Dave Serrano announced that his son, Kyle, would be honoring his Letter of Intent with the Vols.

Kyle Serrano was the No. 35 prospect coming into the draft, according to MLB.com, but his signability likely kept his name from being called.

At 11:10 p.m. Thursday, 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!”

Roughly 40 minutes later, Kyle Serrano added: “Couldn’t be more excited to wear the orange and white at the University of Tennessee next year!”

As for Crowe, the 6-3 South Carolina signee and Gatorade State Player of the Year, he had an opportunity to be picked in the second round Thursday by the San Diego Padres but “the money wasn’t enough,” he tweeted Thursday night.

His tweet at 7:08 p.m. Friday was “Said no to a pricey number today so I could be apart of @GamecockNation and make my stock better in 3 years! Thanks for all the support!”

He confirmed Friday afternoon, via text message, that he would be playing for South Carolina, adding that some teams looked at him in the third round.

Crowe disclosed his actual asking price to be more than $1.5 million for him to forgo college.

“I’m going to be going to college!” he texted. “I am just honored I got this (draft) opportunity!”

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Comments » 3

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Well, the bad luck continues..

magicbyswh#221420 writes:

So how did we let Crowe out of the area and go to South Carolina. Did Tennessee not recruit him? Should have kept him home.

THEKIDWISCONSIN writes:

Congrats to Zack! Record didn't show it but what an effort he put forth each start this past season. Little help and a lot on his shoulders.

Will look forward to watching him progress through the Cubs minor league system.

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