Selman becomes first Vanderbilt player taken in 2012 MLB draft

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:58pm
Staff reports

Vanderbilt pitcher Sam Selman was the first Commodore taken in the 2012 MLB Draft.

The Kansas City Royals took the junior left-hander in the second round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Selman, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, led the team with nine wins tied for the most strikeouts, 79 (75.2 innings pitched). Using a fastball that touched 94 mph and a nasty slider, he was 9-3 with a 3.57 ERA and opponents hit just .236 against him.

The Austin, Texas, native recovered from a slow start and flourished in the midweek role. He won five straight starts to land back in the weekend rotation.

On Monday night, two Vanderbilt commits were selected in the compensatory round between the first and second. Two-way player Matt Olson out of Parkview, Ga., was taken 47th overall by the Oakland A’s. Six picks later, the Texas Rangers took right-handed pitcher Collin Wiles from Stilwell, Kan., 53rd overall.

Olson, a 6-foot-4, 236-pounder, has the ability to play both ways in college but most scouts see him as a first baseman at the pros. The left-handed hitter helped lead Parkview to two straight state championships.

Wiles, a 6-foot-4, 187-pounder, was 8-0 with a 0.10 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.

Kansas’ Gatorade Player of the Year told the Fort Worth Star Telegram he is passing on his scholarship offer from Vanderbilt and signing with the Rangers.

“They matched what we’re looking for so it’s basically a done deal,” Wiles said. “Just pretty much waiting on a signature.”

The signing deadline for all players taken in this year’s draft, which consists of 40 rounds and continues Wednesday, is July 13 — a month earlier than last year.

2 Comments on this post:

By: 4gold on 6/5/12 at 6:02

Money is going to distroy college sports and I could care less about watching a pro team.

By: joe41 on 6/6/12 at 7:03

I am sorry to see Wiles pass on a college scholarship in favor of languishing in the minors for the next four years.Joe