June 6, 2012
Three more Commodores heard their name called on the third and final day of the major league baseball draft.
Will Clinard was the first to go on Day 3 when the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 19th round (604th overall). Clinard led an inexperienced staff into the season filling a variety of roles before finally settling into the back of the VU bullpen. The redshirt junior went 7-3 with a 4.83 ERA and tied for the team lead with five saves. Over the final two years of his career, Clinard appeared in a remarkable 65 games (team-high 35 in 2010). The Cross Plains, Tenn. native will always be remembered for getting the final out against Oregon State in the 2011 Super Regional that sent Vanderbilt to the school's first-ever College World Series.
The Seattle Mariners picked up Mike Yastrzemski in the 30th round (911th overall). The junior has been a steady force in the outfield for the Commodores since late in his freshman season having started 137 straight games. Yastrzemski hit .286 with six home runs and 41 RBI during his junior season. He posted his first career four-hit game driving in two runs and scoring twice in the loss to North Carolina State on Monday.
Connor Harrell became the sixth Commodore to be drafted when the Tigers selected him in the 31st round (964th overall). Harrell once again proved to be one of the more powerful bats on the team, leading the squad with seven home runs on the year. The junior hit .241 with 26 RBI and 28 runs scored while starting 52 games in center field. Harrell's suicide squeeze bunt as a freshman in 2010 scored the winning run to win the Louisville Regional.
The draft concluded Wednesday with six Vanderbilt players being chosen (Sam Selman, Drew VerHagen, Anthony Gomez, Clinard, Yastrzemski and Harrell).