Feb. 19, 2013
Vanderbilt University is a unique place and the school's baseball program is no different. Every fall and winter, former Commodores from all levels of professional baseball return to Hawkins Field to work with the VU coaching staff and prepare for next season. As spring training nears, we're catching up with the former Dores to talk about baseball life after the Black & Gold.
Taylor Hill helped pitch the Commodores to the 2011 College World Series and was a sixth round pick by the Washington Nationals that summer. In 2012, the big right-hander pitched across two levels of the Nationals' system starting out in Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to Potomac. Hill won 11 games on the year going 10-6 for Hagerstown.
Aaron Westlake spent his first full year in pro ball in Single-A West Michigan. The big first baseman hit .249 with nine home runs and 35 doubles for the White Caps. The slugger also had a unique opportunity to play with a pair of former Commodores in Curt Casali and Will Clinard.