Tennessee second baseman Will Maddox signs with Tigers

Second baseman Will Maddox turns a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Seth Heck as Derrick Armstrong slides in late to second to end the bottom of the fifth inning on Sunday.

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Second baseman Will Maddox turns a 6-4-3 double play off the bat of Seth Heck as Derrick Armstrong slides in late to second to end the bottom of the fifth inning on Sunday.

Will Maddox says he loved his three seasons at Tennessee, but won’t return for a fourth.

Maddox signed this week with the Detroit Tigers, who drafted him in the 18th round, forfeiting his senior campaign with the Vols.

He played in 160 games for coach Dave Serrano at Tennessee, batting .309.

“The time at Tennessee has been the greatest time of my life,” Maddox said in a UT release. “Coach Serrano, his staff and my teammates have meant more to me than I could ever put into words.

“My dream is to play professional baseball and I have been granted that opportunity. I am going to do whatever it takes to make my dream come true and feel that it is in my best interest to begin my journey.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made in my life because of the great love I have for this university. I want to thank all of our fans and everyone that has ever supported me along the way. I am a VFL and that will never change.”

Maddox was selected in the 18th round of the draft with the 550th overall selection as a third baseman.

He was the third of four third basemen drafted by the Tigers, following Joey Pancake of South Carolina (seventh round) and Chase Rader of Coffeyville Community College (16th round). New York high schooler Dave Hollins was picked in the 35th round.

Maddox is the first of the group to sign with the Tigers.

Maddox was a mainstay in the Vols’ lineup for the last three years, starting 157 games at a variety of positions.

As a junior in 2014, Maddox hit .297 with three home runs and 21 RBIs with 24 stolen bases.

“As hard as it is to see Will move on to the Tigers I know it’s what he has wanted to do for a long time,” Serrano said. “We will miss the passion and energy he brought each and every day to the field.”

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OrangePride writes:

Will has been a great competitor and a real spark plug on this team. I will miss seeing him next year. But nothing but the best with Tigers! I always feel good to see a young man's dream come true. Thanks for picking Tennessee and being all Vol, all the time!

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