MLB Draft: Commodores go early, often on second day

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at 1:55pm
Staff reports

The Baltimore Orioles selected third baseman Jason Esposito in the second round (64th overall) of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft and started a run on Commodores early on the second day of the three-day selection process.

Three more went in the third round and a total of six VU players were among the top 117 overall selections, led by pitchers Sonny Gray (18th overall, Oakland) and Grayson Garvin (59th, Tampa Bay), who were taken Monday in the first and compensatory A rounds, respectively.

Consequently, within the first three rounds Vanderbilt matched the total number of players it had selected in each of the previous two drafts. Also, the program previously never had more than two players taken within the first three rounds.

When the Detroit Tigers selected Curt Casali in the 10th round (317th overall), he became the ninth Commodore drafted — the most ever in a single year.

The rundown of local players taken so far on Day Two, which will end with the 30th round:

SECOND ROUND

• 64th overall – Baltimore Orioles: Jason Esposito, third base, Vanderbilt.

THIRD ROUND
• 99th overall – Houston Astros: Jack Armstrong, pitcher, Vanderbilt.
• 106th overall – Detroit Tigers: Aaron Westlake, first base, Vanderbilt.
• 117th overall – Minnesota Twins: Corey Williams, pitcher, Vanderbilt.

SIXTH ROUND
• 187th overall – Washington Nationals: Taylor Hill, pitcher, Vanderbilt.
• 206th overall – Atlanta Braves: Mark Lamm, pitcher, Vanderbilt.

10th ROUND
• 317th overall – Detroit Tigers: Curt Casali, catcher, Vanderbilt.

11th ROUND
• 334th overall – Arizona Diamondbacks: Will Locante, pitcher, Cumberland.

14th ROUND
• 446th overall – Atlanta Braves: Navery Moore, pitcher, Vanderbilt.

15th ROUND
• 464th overall – Los Angeles Dodgers: Craig Stem, pitcher, Trevecca Nazarene.

21st ROUND
• 657th overall – San Francisco Giants: Anndrew Triggs, pitcher, Southern California (Montgomery Bell Academy).

25th ROUND
• 776th overall – Atlanta Braves: Will Skinner, outfield, Middle Tennessee State.

30th ROUND
• 928th overall – Chicago Cubs: Will Clinard, pitcher, Vanderbilt.