Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Team Player Position State Bonus
2 66 Kansas City Royals Sam Selman LHP Tenn. $750,000
The Angels made a serious run at Selman when he was coming out of high school in Austin, Texas, drafting him in the 14th round. Selman instead headed to Vanderbilt, but he has not broken through as a star at the college level, in part because he pitched just 12 innings in his first two seasons for the Commodores. He got his work in the Northwoods League the last two summers, working a combined 86 innings and going 2-4, 3.89 for Mankato. Selman got his chance this spring but pitched his way out of the weekend rotation before working his way back into the mix, and his 8-3, 4.03 mark made him Vandy's most successful starter. He has added strength to his slender, 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame (he was 160 as a freshman), and he maintains his fastball velocity more consistently, sitting 91-94 mph and reaching 95. His inexperience on the mound shows, as he's not adept at making adjustments on his own, and scouts question his feel for pitching. His secondary stuff lacks consistency, and a wrap in his arm action inhibits both his control and release point on his slider and changeup. Selman has upside and needs innings, but he may not be an easy sign even as a Vanderbilt junior.
4 154 Detroit Tigers Drew VerHagen RHP Tenn. $392,500
VerHagen has found success at Vanderbilt, his third school in three seasons. He played at Oklahoma as a freshman and helped Navarro (Texas) JC win the NJCAA World Series last season before coming on down the stretch as a junior for the Commodores. Scouts don't like his arm action, which hinders the consistency of his breaking ball. VerHagen's positives start with his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame and good fastball, which consistently hits 95 as a starter or as a reliever. His lack of a breaking ball results in a weak strikeout rate (34 in 62 innings).
6 197 Miami Marlins Anthony Gomez SS Tenn. $187,000
At 6-0, 185 pounds, Gomez has average size and average tools with outsized confidence that serves him well. He's a college shortstop who fits better at second or as a utility infielder thanks to his contact-oriented approach and average tools. Gomez has average speed and handles the bat well. He has sure hands and is a consistent defender on balls he gets to. He has little power to speak of with three career home runs for Vanderbilt.
19 604 Detroit Tigers Will Clinard RHP Tenn.
Vanderbilt's strong finish helped get Clinard into more games; the team's closer early in the year struggled with inconsistent work as the team struggled. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior has two solid-average pitches, with a fastball that at times is a tick above at 90-93 mph and a solid, sweepy slider. Clinard has made just three starts in three seasons and hasn't commanded the strike zone enough as a reliever to show that he merits a shot at it, but he also has a fresh arm and 129 career strikeouts in 132 innings. He could be a tough sign as a Vanderbilt junior.
30 911 Seattle Mariners Mike Yastrzemski OF Tenn.
Yastrzemski is the grandson of Hall of Famer Carl and son of Mike. He had a solid junior season as a grinder with good bat-to-ball skills. He is at least an average runner and has instincts for the game, owing to his bloodlines. He has no carrying tool and might be a better fit as a senior sign.
31 964 Detroit Tigers Connor Harrell OF Tenn.
Harrell hit two home runs in the 2011 College World Series, led Vanderbilt with seven this spring entering regionals, and is a plus runner at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds who can play center field. If he made consistent contact, he would go out in the first couple of rounds. Instead, Harrell struck out in more than a quarter of his at-bats. He doesn't recognize spin well or have a consistent two-strike approach. His tools still should get him drafted.