Tennessee baseball commit Drew Pestka signs with Cincinnati Reds

Drew Pestka, a baseball player from Tennessee, has decided to give up his college career and sign with the Cincinnati Reds.

Drew Pestka announced that he has opted to pursue a career in the major leagues despite signing with the Tennessee Volunteers in October. The right-hander played his final two seasons at John A. Logan College, a junior college in Carterville. Sick.

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Pestka in the 18th round of the 2023 MLB Draft, but Pestka initially decided to continue his college career. While the reason behind his change of heart is unknown, the decision raises questions for the Volunteers’ pitching depth next season, with Drew Beam leaving for the MLB draft and Zander Sechrist, Kirby Connell and Chris Stamos no longer eligible .

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Pestka showed significant potential during his tenure at John A. Logan College. This past season, Pestka had a 6-4 record with a 4.60 ERA combined with 58 strikeouts. While his potential may not be fully reflected in his statistics, Pestka’s fastball, which reached speeds of up to 99 miles per hour, distinguished him as one of the most formidable weapons in collegiate baseball.

While news of Peska’s decision comes as a disappointment, the Vols have remained committed as they prepare for Saturday’s super regional against Evansville. The Vols kick off the best-of-three series on Friday at 3:00 PM ET.

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