The Detroit Tigers’ admiration of Vanderbilt continued on Thursday night.
Left-handed pitcher Kevin Ziomek was the latest Commodore drafted by that organization and the 58th overall pick (second round) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Detroit has now taken six Vanderbilt players in the last three years and 11 overall. Last year, there were three, pitchers Drew VerHagen and Will Clinard and outfielder Connor Harrell, who chose to return for his senior season.
Ziomek is expected to start Saturday for the Commodores in the opening game of a Super Regional against Louisville. The junior from Amherst, Mass., is 11-2 in 16 starts with a 1.92 ERA, three complete games and 111 strikeouts, which are tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference.
This marks the third straight year and seventh in the last eight that a Commodore has been picked in the first two rounds. Left-hander Sam Selman was taken in the second round in 2012 by the Kansas City Royals.
Ziomek is the 39th Vanderbilt pitcher to be drafted since 2003 and extends VU's streak of having at least one player selected in the draft since 1996.
The 40-round draft continues Friday and concludes Saturday. As many as 11 players from Vanderbilt could be selected.