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Toffey, Delay selected in MLB Draft

June 13, 2017



Nashville, Tenn. – Junior Will Toffey was selected by Oakland in the fourth round with senior Jason Delay going seven picks later to Pittsburgh on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft on Tuesday afternoon.

Toffey closed out his junior season in a big way, hitting .491 (28-for-57) with seven home runs, 19 runs and 24 RBIs over the Commodores’ final 13 games to end the season with a team-best .354 average. After returning from an injury in mid-May, the Barnstable, Mass. native went on a nine-game hitting streak with eight multi-hit games to lead Vanderbilt into the postseason and a NCAA Regional championship, in which he earned Regional MVP honors. His 12 home runs on the season trailed only Jeren Kendall, who was selected 23rd overall by the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the team lead. He started 184 games in his career, including 67 as a Freshman All-American on Vanderbilt’s 2015 College World Series team.

Toffey joins former Commodore Sonny Gray in the Oakland organization and is the first Dore tabbed by the A’s since Gray was selected 18th overall in 2011.



Delay was a steady contributor for Vanderbilt for four years, turning down San Francisco last summer as an 11th round pick to return for his senior season. The Johns Creek, Ga. native saved his best for last this past season producing a career year, hitting .309 with 18 doubles and 41 RBIs while starting a career-best 58 games, the most by a Vandy backstop since Curt Casali in 2011.



Delay is the highest drafted catcher from Vanderbilt since 1980 when the program’s initial first team All-American Scotti Madison was picked in the third round by Minnesota. Delay is the first Dore picked by the Pirates since Pedro Alvarez was selected second overall in 2008.

Toffey and Delay join Kyle Wright (fifth overall to Atlanta) and Kendall as the first four Commodores selected in the draft. Major League Baseball wraps up its annual draft tomorrow with rounds 11-40.



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