San Francisco Giants pick Tennessee baseball signee Reggie Crawford in 2022 MLB Draft

Mike Wilson
Knoxville News Sentinel

Tony Vitello didn't do his part.

Tennessee baseball signee Reggie Crawford was picked No. 30 by the San Francisco Giants in the first round of the 2022 MLB Draft on Sunday while Vitello was on air on MLB Network.

“I am happy for Reggie Crawford," Vitello said. "We rehearsed it. I told him if he goes while I am up here, I am supposed to throw my clipboard. He was coming to us through the transfer portal. He is a first-rounder.”

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Crawford committed to UT as a transfer from UConn. He hit .295 with a Big East-leading 13 homers and 62 RBIs in 2021. He also throws 100 mph as a left-handed pitcher. He had a 2.35 ERA in 7⅔ innings pitched in 2021.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Crawford missed the 2022 season after having Tommy John surgery. 

“I think this guy can do that for a while," Vitello said.

Vols outfielder Drew Gilbert was taken with the No. 28 pick by the Houston Astros.

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