Derek Wiley became the first Belmont baseball player ever to be drafted in consecutive years when the Atlanta Braves picked him in the 31st round (928th overall) on Thursday.
The senior first baseman was selected by Oakland in 2008 but returned to school and became the Atlantic Sun Conference’s all-time home run leader.
The third day of Major League Baseball’s 2009 draft began with the 31st round, and Wiley was the seventh player taken on the day.
THIRD TIME A CHARM?
Vanderbilt’s Jonathan White, in his third straight year of draft eligibility, went to the San Francisco Giants in the 40th round.
The outfielder from Shelbyville was taken in the 24th round by Milwaukee in 2007 when he was a redshirt-sophomore. He elected to come back to school and was undrafted in 2008.
Trevecca Nazarene’s Tim Dunn became the second local college pitcher selected by Cincinnati. The Reds took him in the 46th round.
Dunn was the TranSouth Player of the Year and a first-team NAIA All-American in his first year with Trevecca out of junior college.
The Reds took Vanderbilt’s Nick Christiani on Wednesday.
Brentwood High School’s Andrew Hillis, a 6-foot-6 right-handed pitcher, was picked in the 49th round by the St. Louis Cardinals.
Hillis is a University of Tennessee signee.
Prep outfielder Michael Yastrzemski, a Vanderbilt signee, was picked in the 36th round by the Boston Red Sox, the team for which his grandfather, Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, played 23 seasons.