Don’t expect Vanderbilt to bombard the MLB draft like last year, when an SEC record 12 players were taken. But the Commodores will still have a presence, and as many as six could be selected. Here’s a brief look at the draft hopefuls from Vanderbilt and other area colleges.
• Chase Brookshire LHP, Belmont
The Chattanooga native uses a good mix of pitches to keep opponents off balance and chew up innings. As a junior he led the team with 2.45 ERA and eight wins in 15 starts and 103 innings.
• Will Clinard RHP, Vanderbilt
The only Commodore of 12 drafted in 2011 to return, Clinard provided stability in the back end of the bullpen. After leading the team with 35 appearances last year, the Cross Plains native proved versatile again this spring with five saves and a 7-2 record.
• Anthony Gomez SS, Vanderbilt
A tough out with great speed — he stole home recently — a good glove and strong arm, the two-time All-SEC selection will have the choice of leaving for the pros early or finishing an excellent career at Vanderbilt.
• Justin Guidry OF/1B, MTSU
The Father Ryan product finished his career third in school history with 278 hits and sixth with a .368 batting average.
• Sam Selman LHP, Vanderbilt
The hard-throwing Texan is the Commodores’ top draft prospect. After a bumpy start, he eased into a midweek role and led the team with nine wins. The junior struck out 75 in 70.1 innings, and opponents hit .230 against him.
• Drew VerHagen RHP, Vanderbilt
With a strong breaking ball, good command and an intimidating 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame, the junior college transfer could be the second Commodore taken behind Selman.
• Mike Yastrzemski OF, Vanderbilt
The grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is a consistent hitter with some power and great speed. The junior also is one of the team’s best bunters.
• Matt Hamann RHP, Belmont
The big, hard-throwing senior came on strong midway through the 2011 season and tied the school record with nine wins.
• Josh Cotham RHP, Lipscomb
Redshirt junior from Mt. Juliet led team with 2.56 ERA, 72 strikeouts and .236 batting average against.