Kentucky senior slugger TJ Collett will likely return for a fifth season with the baseball Wildcats. Collett told the Big Blue Insider in a radio interview Wednesday that he’ll be taking advantage of the additional year of eligibility given to spring athletes who had their 2020 season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic if he does not get drafted or signed by an MLB team this summer. 

The slugger said barring any draft day surprises “You’re 100% going to see me back in a Kentucky uniform.”

This year’s MLB Draft was cut from it’s normal 40 rounds to five amid the pandemic making it unlikely Collett will hear his name called.

Collett started all 17 games at first base for the Wildcats in 2020 and hit .290 with five home runs and 17 RBI’s. He was named the SEC and National Player of Week on Mar. 9 after hitting .455 with 13 RBI and six extra-base hits.

With Collett returning, UK Baseball is set to have 46 players on next year’s roster. That includes four seniors in Tanner Holen, Jaren Shelby, Elliot Curtis and Zeke Lewis, who have not formally announced whether or not they will return next season, 14 incoming freshman and 29 returning underclassman. 

Four Wildcats from 2020 are in the transfer portal (Breydon Daniel,  Justin Olson, Jake Tate and Jared Payne).

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