TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama outfielder Tyler Gentry was the fourth pick of the third round (76th overall) in the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, going to the Kansas City Royals.
Gentry is now the second-highest drafted Crimson Tide outfielder in program history, trailing only Joe Vitiello who was selected in the first round of the 1991 draft. He is also the highest Alabama player taken since Mikey White went in the second round of the 2015 MLB Draft.
His selection in the 2020 draft increased the Crimson Tide’s all-time draft pick total to 159 since the event began in 1966. Alabama has now had at least one player selected for 42 consecutive years dating back to 1979 and 49 of the 55 MLB drafts overall. More recently, the Tide has seen 51 players selected in the last 11 years and 86 total across the last 21 drafts dating back to 2000.
The 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft began on Wednesday evening and wrapped up Thursday night.
- The Crimson Tide’s every day right fielder for each of the past two seasons, starting 72 of his 73 games played
- Batted .335 with 18 doubles and 17 home runs while contributing 63 RBI and 56 runs scored for his career
- Notched three multi-home run games in two seasons, including a pair in 2020
- Led UA in nearly every offensive statistic in both 2019 and this past season
- Finished his 2020 campaign ranked in the top-five of multiple offensive categories among Southeastern Conference hitters, including on-base percentage (.554 | 2nd), batting average (.429 | 4th) and slugging percentage (.750 | 5th)
- Also ranked in the SEC’s top-10 for RBI (21 | T6th), total bases (42 | T8th), hits (24 | T9th) and runs scored (19 | T10th) this season
- Paced UA in average (.310), hits (65), homers (13), RBI (42), slugging (.552) and total bases (116) as a sophomore
- Tied for seventh in home runs and ranked 14th in total bases among league bats during the 2019 regular season
- A standout in the classroom, he was named to the 2019 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll
All players have remaining eligibility and are able to return to the University to continue their careers at Alabama if they elect to not sign a professional contract.
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