Three Vols go on Day 1

Three members of the 2006 University of Tennessee baseball team were selected Tuesday on Day 1 of the Major League Baseball draft. In addition, three players the Vols had signed for the 2007 season were selected by big league teams.

Junior right-hander Sean Watson was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the second round, the 52nd pick overall. Serving as the Vol closer in 2006, Watson compiled a 4-3 record and 11 saves, with a 4.61 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 41 innings.

Catcher Kelly Edmundson was selected by the Cleveland Indians in Round 11. A transfer from the University of Memphis, Edmundson batted .307 in his three years as a Vol with 20 home runs and 93 RBI.

Second baseman/outfielder Michael Rivera was tabbed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Round 17. A four-year starter at UT, Rivera batted .310 with 122 career RBI. He's the school record-holder for games played (216) and at-bats (793).

The three signees drafted were high schoolers Preston Mattingly (Evansville, Ind.) and Shane Hill (Miami, Fla.), along with Florida junior college standout Michael Dubee (Okaloosa-Walton Community College).

Mattingly, son of former New York Yankee star Don Mattingly, batted .378 as a junior and .475 as a senior. Capable of playing infield or outfield, he was tabbed by the Dodgers in the first round's supplemental phase with Pick No. 31.

Hill was taken by the Milwaukee Brewers in Round 8. A right-handed pitcher, he went 6-0 as a prep junior with a 1.07 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 42 innings.

Dubee, another right-hander, was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in Round 18. Dubee was drafted previously by the White Sox in Round 20 (2004) and by the Kansas City Royals in Round 32 (2005). Son of Phillies' pitching coach Rich Dubee, he posted an 8-3 record and a 3.19 ERA in the spring of 2005.

As noted elsewhere on this site, former Vol pitcher Luke Hochevar was taken by the Royals with the first overall pick in the draft. Hochevar opted to bypass his senior year at UT after he was drafted by the Dodgers in June of 2005 but never signed with the club, making him eligible for the '06 draft.

The 2006 draft concludes today, with Rounds 19-50 scheduled.

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