Four more Dores taken in MLB draft

June 14, 2017

Nashville, Tenn. – Four more Commodores were selected on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday with Collin Snider, Reed Hayes, Matt Ruppenthal and Ro Coleman all hearing their names called.

Snider was the first off the board on Wednesday going in the 12th round (360th overall) to the Kansas City Royals. The right-hander pitched exclusively out of the Vanderbilt bullpen the first two years of his career before making one start in his 21 appearances this season. The Murfreesboro, Tenn. native pitched in 60 games over the last three seasons striking out 68 batters over 87 innings. He’s the first Commodore selected by the Royals since Sam Selman, who was tabbed by Kansas City in the second round in 2012. Snider becomes part of the same organization as Selman and former Dore Mike Minor.

Baltimore picked Hayes as a pitcher in the 13th round. The two-way talent split his time between the batter’s box and the mound in his first year at Vandy. As a pitcher he led the Commodores with seven saves, pitching in 21 games. The Johnson City, Tenn. native held down the designated hitter spot in Tim Corbin’s lineup the majority of the season, hitting .276 with 30 runs and 36 RBIs. This marks the second year in a row the Orioles have picked a Commodore – Will Toffey last summer – and the third time in five years – Mike Yastrzemski in 2013. Hayes becomes the fourth Vanderbilt player in the Baltimore organization, joining Yastrzemski, Pedro Alvarez and Ryan Flaherty.

Ruppenthal came off the board in the 17th round to Houston. He went 3-3 with a 3.17 ERA in 21 games, including four starts, this season. He was stellar in the Dores’ regional-clinching victory at Clemson with six scoreless innings to earn the win. The right-hander from Bloomfield Hills, Mich. pitched in 54 games for VU in his tenure, including a team-high 25 in 2016. He joins former Commodore Tony Kemp in the Astros organization.

The Tigers picked up Coleman in the 34th round to push Vanderbilt’s total to eight players selected in this year’s draft. Coleman played in astounding 224 games in his four seasons on West End, contributing to the Dores’ national championship team in 2014 and playing in 66 games in 2015 when VU went back to the championship series at the College World Series. The Chicago native is the first Commodore selected by Detroit since they picked Kevin Ziomek and Connor Harrell in 2013.

Vanderbilt’s eight players selected matches LSU, Florida and Kentucky for the most players selected in the Southeastern Conference. The eight players selected is the most for the Dores since 2015 and gives VU 99 draft selections under Corbin dating back to 2003.

Proud Sponsors of Commodore Athletics