Three former Tennessee pitchers were selected in the Major League Baseball draft last week.
Nick Blount, a senior at Southern Polytechnic in Marietta, Ga., was drafted in the ninth round with the 273rd pick by the Chicago White Sox.
The 6-foot-6 Blount was 2-4 with a 2.40 ERA in 20 games for the NAIA school. In 42 2/3 innings, including four starts, Blount struck out 60 and allowed 49 hits.
Blount, who attended South Gwinnett High School in Loganville, Ga., was 5-9 with 6.26 ERA in three seasons, including 12 starts, with the Vols.
Brandon Zajac, a sophomore at nearby Cleveland State, was drafted in the 23rd round with the 702nd pick by the San Francisco Giants.
The 6-6 Zajac was 6-4 with a 3.30 ERA in 13 games for the junior college. In 71 innings, including 12 starts, Zajac struck out 89 and gave up 45 walks.
Zajac, who attended Walker Valley, was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and two starts as a freshman for UT in 2012.
He was drafted with the first pick of the 28th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011.
Andy Hillis, a junior at Lee University, was drafted in the 11th round with the 332nd pick by the Milwaukee Brewers.
The 6-7 Hillis was 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA and 9 saves in 37 1/3 innings. He struck out 66 and walked 19 as the closer for the NAIA program.
Hillis, who attended Brentwood, never appeared in a game for the Vols. He had Tommy John surgery in 2010 and was redshirted his freshman season.
It’s the third time that Hillis has been drafted. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the 49th round in 2009 and again in 2012 in the 29th round.
Another former UT player, senior first baseman Cody Stubbs of North Carolina, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the eighth round with the 234rd pick. Stubbs played his freshman season at UT and then transferred to Walters State.
UT pitcher Zack Godley, a senior, was taken in the 10th round with the 288th pick by the Chicago Cubs.
Two UT signees were also drafted. Pitcher Kyle Serrano, son of UT coach Dave Serrano, was picked in the 29th round by the Colorado Rockies. The Farragut graduate plans to enroll at UT.
First baseman Nathaniel Maggio of Blessed Trinity Catholic in Alpharetta, Ga., was selected in the 32nd round with the 957th pick by the Seattle Mariners.