June 7, 2013
Nashville, Tenn. -
Three Vanderbilt Commodores were selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball Draft with Conrad Gregor, Tony Kemp and Connor Harrell being picked.
Gregor was the first Commodore off the board on Day 2 of the Draft going to Houston with the first pick of the fourth round (107th overall). Gregor has been red-hot over the last few weeks for the Dores leading the team in hitting in the postseason. The Carmel, Ind. native is hitting .347 with three home runs, 47 RBI and 21 stolen bases entering the Super Regional vs. Louisville this weekend. His selection by Houston marks his second time to be drafted after being a 40th round selection by the Chicago White Sox out of high school.
Teammate and close friend Tony Kemp was the next pick for the Commodores and the Astros with Houston taking the SEC Player of the Year with the first pick of the fifth round (137th overall). Kemp became just the second Vanderbilt player in school history to win SEC Player of the Year joining Hunter Bledsoe (1999). Kemp is also the fourth Commodore to pass the 100-hit mark with 102 hits this season entering the weekend.
Harrell was the final Black and Gold selection of the day when the Tigers picked him in the seventh round (216th overall). Harrell has enjoyed a career year in his final season on West End hitting .313 with 12 home runs and 66 RBI. The Tigers selected the Houston, Texas native in the 31st round last year. Harrell joins Kevin Ziomek as Commodores drafted by Detroit this year. Ziomek was the Tigers' second round selection on Thursday night.
The final day of the MLB Draft begins Saturday at noon CT on MLB.com with rounds 11-40.