Alabama right fielder Tyler Gentry was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the Major League Baseball draft, selected with the 76th overall pick.
He becomes the highest-selected UA player since Mikey White went in the second round in 2015 and the second highest-selected UA outfielder ever, behind Joe Vitiello in the first round of the 1991 draft.
The slot value for the 76th overall pick is $818,200.
Gentry was off to a strong start in 2020, hitting .429 with six doubles and four home runs in 56 at-bats — one extra-base hit every 5.6 at-bats. Gentry would be a junior in 2021 if he does not sign with the Royals and comes back to UA, maintaining the year of eligibility after the NCAA granted an extra year to all spring sport athletes in the wake of canceled season due to COVID-19.
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