Former Bama Bat Transfers to SEC Rival
Former Alabama third baseman Zane Denton is transferring to Tennessee, according to an Instagram post on Saturday morning.
The Brentwood, Tenn., native played three seasons at the Capstone, becoming the starting third baseman in 2021 and an explosive power hitter in the Tide lineup.
Last season, Denton saw 232 at-bats, picking up 61 hits, 48 runs batted in, 13 home runs, drew 22 walks, and had a .263 batting average in his 58 starts.
He led the team in at-bats, home runs, and runs batted in, third-most in hits, fourth-most runs, and fifth-most drawn walks.
Denton's explosive bat came up big for the Tide this season, including a three-run home run to tie up the game in Alabama's season-ending loss to Florida in the SEC tournament, hit the game-winning home run in extra innings against the current CWS champions Ole Miss, and hit an RBI single to win the regular-season game against Florida.
In 2021, Denton made the Newcomer All-SEC Team, the SEC All-Defensive Team (3B), and the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. He also made the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll in 2019-20, according to rolltide.com.
Denton joins a loaded Volunteers baseball program that went 57-9 overall, 25-5 in conference play, won the 2022 SEC Tournament, spent a majority of the season as the No. 1 team in baseball, and ended its season in the Knoxville Super Regionals to Notre Dame.
The upcoming senior has two years left of eligibility left, and according to Prospects Live, he ranks at No. 218 on its MLB Top 500 prospects for 2022.