Drafted Vanderbilt players waste no time moving on to professional baseball

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 9:07pm
Staff reports

Of the six Vanderbilt players taken in this month’s MLB Draft, shortstop Anthony Gomez was the first to make his professional debut.

It appears he’ll soon have company on the minor league circuit.

Gomez and left-handed pitcher Sam Selman and right-hander Will Clinard signed professional deals and were assigned to minor league teams.

According to the Detroit News, right-hander Drew VerHagen signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers on Friday, though the club has not made it official. The Tigers drafted him in the fourth round.

All four had one year of college eligibility remaining.

Gomez was the first to see action. The sixth-round pick by the Miami Marlins went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI as designated hitter for the Jamestown Jammers, the Marlins’ Class A Short-Season affiliate in the New York-Penn League, on Monday night.

Selman signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals, who took him in the second round. He was assigned to the franchise’s Rookie League affiliate, the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Pioneer League. The Chukars began their season on Monday.

Clinard from Cross Plains was taken in the 19th round by the Tigers. The redshirt-junior graduated in May. He was in Lowell, Mass., on Tuesday night, playing for the Connecticut Tigers, the franchise’s Class A Short-Season affiliate.

Outfielders Mike Yastrzemski and Connor Harrell have not signed professional deals yet.

Yastrzemski was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the 30th round. Harrell was selected one round later by Detroit.

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said recently that he expects both players to return for their senior seasons.

The signing deadline for drafted players is July 13.