Sweeney taken by Yankees with 20th pick in 2021 MLB Draft


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Adam Tumino, Sports Editor

Eastern shortstop Trey Sweeney was selected 20th overall by the New York Yankees in the 2021 MLB Draft Sunday night.

Sweeney became the third-highest drafted player in Eastern history and the highest-drafted Panther since 1988.

Sweeney is coming off a 2021 season in which he was named the OVC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American by Baseball America, Perfect Game and ABCA.

He was the first Eastern player to be named a First Team All-American since Eastern became a Division I program.

Sweeney was at or near the top of the nation in several offensive categories last season, ranking seventh in Division I with a .522 on-base percentage. He also hit 14 home runs, drove in 58 runs and posted an OPS of 1.234.

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