Zach Joyce, Ben Joyce's twin brother, rejoining Tennessee baseball
Zach Joyce is rejoining Tennessee baseball
Joyce, the twin brother of Ben Joyce, stepped away from baseball in the fall of 2020 after signing with the Vols out of Walters State Community College. Zach Joyce had a 1.15 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 15⅔ innings as a freshman in 2019.
Zach Joyce had Tommy John surgery while at Walters State, a year before Ben Joyce underwent the same procedure at UT. Ben Joyce returned and became a national attraction for his ability to consistently throw more than 100 mph. He hit 105.5 mph, believed to be the fastest pitch in college baseball history.
The Joyce twins committed to UT together out of Walters State.
Zach Joyce spent the past few months working toward pitching at Tennessee again, including throwing at Farragut, where the twins went to high school.
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Tennessee will turn over a few bullpen spots following its record-setting 57-win season. Redmond Walsh is out of eligibility, while Ben Joyce, Will Mabrey and Camden Sewell are likely MLB Draft picks. Mark McLaughlin also could be drafted.
UT is slated to return its weekend rotation of Drew Beam, Chase Burns and Chase Dollander. Wyatt Evans and Zander Sechrist are among the key returners, while rising sophomores Gavin Brasosky and J.D. McCracken could see increased roles.
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