NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two Vanderbilt University baseball players were drafted in the top 10 of the Major League Baseball draft Monday night.
Shortstop Dansby Swanson was selected first overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The news came moments after the Commodores defeated Illinois to advance to the College World Series.
Swanson went 2-4 with a homerun and scored the go-ahead run in the 4-2 win over the Fighting Illini.
So far in his junior season with the Dores, Swanson has posted a .348 batting average with 61 RBI and 14 homeruns.
Swanson is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Howser Trophy, given to the top player in college baseball. He was named the College World Series’ Most Outstanding Player last season as his team captured their first national title.
The second player drafted was Vanderbilt ace Carson Fulmer, who went eighth overall to the Chicago White Sox in the draft.
The SEC Pitcher of the Year is 13-2 this season with a 1.82 ERA and 152 strikeouts. That gives the Commodores two of the top eight picks.
Fulmer started for Vanderbilt this season, but some project him as a reliever in the major leagues.