For the second straight year, a national publication has rated Vanderbilt’s baseball recruiting class the best in the country.
The Commodores’ 11-member freshman class was voted by No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball, the publication announced Tuesday. Last year’s 13-member class was given the top nod by Baseball America and picked second by Collegiate Baseball.
Vanderbilt is the ninth SEC team in the last 10 years to hold down Collegiate Baseball’s top spot. UCLA, Arizona, LSU and Clemson completed the top five.
Vanderbilt’s class includes six-right handed pitchers and five position players. Six players were were taken in the MLB Draft in June, including pitchers Walker Buehler (14th round pick by Pittsburgh) and Carson Fulmer (15th round, Boston).
The newcomers joined the 25 returners from last year on the field Tuesday for the first fall practice. The team’s annual Black & Gold scrimmage is schedule for Oct. 25, 26 and 28 at Hawkins Field, which recently had artificial turf installed.