Tony Vitello holds Drew Gilbert in high regard, and the Tennessee coach was excited to see the former Vol be drafted on Sunday night to the Houston Astros.

Vitello sat on the desk during MLB Network’s coverage of the MLB Draft.

“I can’t describe to people how he changed my life when he got to our program,” Vitello said. “He does things in the locker room and the dugout that are very tough to describe, especially in a short amount of time. But literally changed the way the program operates, thinks, competes, works. He went to the place he thought he could turn into one of the best baseball programs in the country, and he did it. And he got our guys thinking about being on the attack, believing in themselves and he set a very, very high bar for work ethic.”

Known as a vocal player on a team that loved to celebrate bat-flip moments, Gilbert, a 5-foot-9 left-handed hitter, hit .362 with 21 doubles, 4 triples, 11 home runs and 71 RBIs in 58 games last season, with more walks (33) than strikeouts (32).

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