June 8, 2007
The two-day 2007 MLB First-Year Player Draft concluded Friday, and Tennessee outfielder Chad Maddox was among the second-day selections. That brought UT’s total of 2007 draft picks to four, including three first-rounders.
Maddox was selected Friday by the Atlanta Braves in the 13th round with the 408th overall pick in the draft. He is the seventh Vol ever to be drafted by the Braves.
A transfer student-athlete from Walters State Community College, Maddox played in nine games for the Vols as a junior this season but did not suit up for his first game until May 12. The Cookeville, Tenn., native hit .200 in limited action late in the year, driving in two runs on four hits with one home run and one stolen base. His five starts all came in right field.
In 2006, Maddox was the national junior college home runs leader with 25 longballs while leading Walters State to a national championship.
Since 2000, Tennessee has now produced a total of 35 MLB draft picks.
Five of Tennessee's 2007 signees also were selected in this year’s draft, including right-handed pitcher Josh Runion (second round by Kansas City), outfielder Kentrail Davis (14th round by Colorado) right-handed pitcher Gary Bulman (31st round by Arizona), outfielder Josh Liles (40th round by Seattle) and left-handed pitcher Joey Rosas (43rd round by Texas).