Another Iorg signs pro deal

Cale Iorg, the former Karns High School star who recently announced he was transferring from Alabama to Arizona State, has signed a pro contract.

Cale Iorg landed a $1.5 million signing bonus with Detroit, which drafted him in the sixth round after her served a two-year Mormon mission. Iorg was a starting shortstop for Alabama in 2005.

``It's a great deal,'' said Garth Iorg, Cale's father and a former Major League player. ``It's what we thought we should get. I don't know if it surprises me, but it's what we asked for.''

Cale Iorg signed Tuesday, the day before the deadline to sign with a pro team or return to college.

Because Cale hasn't played in two years, he is in Lakeland, Fla., in the Gulf Coast League for rookie ball and then hopes to be promoted to Class A in the Florida State League, according to Garth Iorg.

Cale was drafted higher than the 20th round coming out of Karns High School.

Cale is the third son of Garth drafted and signed by a Major League team. Issac went to Brigham Young then signed a contract. He's no longer in baseball. Eli Iorg signed with Samford, went on a two-year mission, transferred to Tennessee, then signed after being a first-round draft pick.

Each Iorg son was drafted much higher after returning from a mission.

Interestingly, Tennessee didn't offer either one of the Iorgs after they played at Karns.

``Tennessee was about the only school that didn't offer Cale,'' Garth Iorg said.

When I said I didn't understand why, Garth said: ``We don't, either.''

Garth said Eli really enjoyed playing at Tennessee and for Rod Delmonico, but for some reason, Delmonico didn't see fit to offer any of the eventual pro prospects coming out of high school.

One of the raps against Delmonico was that he rarely signed local high school players unless they attended Farragut High School. South Doyle has had several players sign with SEC schools or with pro baseball teams, but weren't offered by UT.


Former Vol All-American Todd Helton will have his No. 3 retired when Tennessee has its annual Leadoff banquet in January, according to new coach Todd Raleigh.

Helton, a star with the Colorado Rockies, helped lead Tennessee to the 1995 College World Series. He was not only a terrific hitter but a brilliant pitcher who set an SEC record for consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Helton will be the first baseball player to have his number retired.

In other news, Raleigh said he has hired Nate Headley as a volunteer assistant coach. Headley is the brother of former UT star Chase Headley, who plays for the San Diego Padres Triple-A team.

Raleigh got more good news when gifted outfielder Kantrell Davis, who was a 14th-round draft choice by Colorado, opted to honor his Vol scholarship. He had until last night to sign with the Rockies or be obligated to Tennessee.

Raleigh also said he has been well received by in-state prospects. He hopes to get eight or nine in-state prospects during the early signing period.


Tennessee has lost three players from last year's roster to transfer.

Tony Delmonico left for Florida State, where his father will be a volunteer assistant.

Lance McClain, who would have been the winningest returning pitcher, is going to Lee College in Cleveland. McClain, a junior college transfer to UT, pitched at South-Doyle.

Pitcher Ryan Butner plans to play closer to his home in South Florida.

Raleigh said McClain and Butner had no choice but to leave. He didn't explain why.

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