Tracking Vanderbilt Baseball Players, Signers Selected in the 2022 MLB Draft

Vanderbilt baseball has had at least three players drafted for 19 straight years. Four Commodores have been selected in the 2022 draft, the selection of outfielder Spencer Jones by the New York Yankees has given Vanderbilt first-round picks in eight of the past nine years, and three other players have also been drafted: Dominic Keegan (fourth round), Chris McElvain (eighth round) and Javier Vaz (15th round).

Several notable players went undrafted, including relievers Nick Maldonado, Thomas Schultz and Grayson Moore, receiver Jack Bulger and infielders Tate Kolwyck and Parker Noland. But the Commodores were less fortunate with their recruiting class. Seven commits have been drafted, although right-hander Andrew Dutkanych, who withdrew from the draft beforehand, is considered one of the best players to make it to scho

Drafted players have until August 1 to sign. Eligible but undrafted players can sign as undrafted free agents or return to school. Vanderbilt has no ineligible players.

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Retired player

Rocker RHP Kumar

Crew: Texas Rangers, round 1 (3rd)

Location value: $7,587,600

Rocker was an ace at Vanderbilt before being drafted 10th overall in 2021, but the Mets didn’t offer him a contract after failing a physical. Back in the draft, Rocker landed in Texas with former teammate Jack Leiter.

Current players

OF Spencer Jones

Crew: New York Yankees, Round 1 (25th)

Location value: $2,879,300

Jones is a single player at 6-foot-7. He is known for having some of the best exit speeds among the college ranks and also has above average speed and athleticism.

C/1B Dominic Keegan

Crew: Tampa Bay Rays, Round 4 (134th)

Location value: $439,400

Selected to the All-SEC first team in 2022, Keegan has been one of the conference’s top hitters for two years, hitting both average and power. Defense is more of a question, as he’s played mostly first base, but might also be able to dabble in the catch; the Rays introduced him as a receiver.

RHP Chris McElvain

Crew: Cincinnati Reds, Round 8 (243rd)

Location value: $178,100

The Friday starter in 2022 after serving as a preparer in 2021, McElvain works primarily with a 90s fastball, a slider and a change, although he has struggled to walk at times.

BY Javier Vaz

Crew: Kansas City Royals, Round 15 (445th)

Location value: $125,000

Vaz was a low-end spark plug that provided contact skills, speed and defense and earned comparisons to Tim Corbin’s Tony Kemp.


CF Druw Jones

Crew: Arizona Diamondbacks, Round 1 (2nd)

Location value: $8,185,100

A center fielder just like his father, former Atlanta Braves star Andruw Jones, Druw was considered one of the top five prospects in this year’s draft and is highly unlikely to make it to Nashville. .

HRP Dylan Lesko

Crew: San Diego Padres, Round 1 (15th)

Location value: $4,082,900

The only baseball player to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year as an underclass, Lesko pairs a mid-’90s fastball with an elite change. He could have been in the top 10 if he was healthy, but a spring operation by Tommy John caused his stock to plummet.

Brandon Barrier LHP

Crew: Toronto Blue Jays, Round 1 (23rd)

Location value: $3,075,300

The southpaw with high ’90s heat went to high school with current Vanderbilt players Enrique Bradfield Jr. and Devin Futrell, but is unlikely to join them on campus.

LHP Noah Schultz

Crew: Chicago White Sox, Round 1 (26th)

Location value: $2,788,000

The 6-foot-9 southpaw provides a brutal angle on his pitches for hitters. He raised his stock by dominating in a collegiate league before the draft.

3B Sal Stewart

Crew: Cincinnati Reds, Round 1 (32nd)

Location value: $2,371,800

Known as one of the best hitters in the class with power potential as well, Stewart also asks defensive questions.

RHP Karson Milbrandt

Crew: Miami Marlins, Round 3 (85th)

Location value: $746,800

Milbrandt was a late riser in the draft process due to his explosive fastball.

BY Ryan Clifford

Crew: Houston Astros, Round 11 (343rd)

Location value: $125,000

Clifford is a left-handed outfielder known for his powerful shot.

Aria Gerson covers Vanderbilt athletics for The Tennessean. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @aria_gerson.

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: Tracking Vanderbilt Baseball Players, Signatories Selected in MLB Draft

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