2021 MLB draft: Vols’ pitcher Sean Hunley selected by Tampa Bay

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University of Tennessee pitcher Sean Hunley has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays.

A relief pitcher for the Volunteers, Hunley was selected in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft Tuesday in Denver, Colorado. He was selected No. 581 overall.

Hunley, a native of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee and a graduate of Mt. Juliet High School, recorded nine saves for the Vols as a senior in 2021.

He ranks top-10 in multiple statistical categories in UT program history.

His nine saves in 2021 were tied for fifth most in a single season. Hunley made 76 career appearances, fourth most in Tennessee baseball history.

He is tied for third in career saves with 13 with a career ERA of 2.71 (seventh best in the history of the program).

In 2021, Hunley recorded 77 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched and received second-team All-America honors from Baseball America.