June 21, 2013
The American Baseball Coaches Association announced its All-American and All-Region teams this week with four Commodores being honored.
Tony Kemp, Connor Harrell and Tyler Beede were all tagged as All-Americans by the ABCA. Kemp, already a consensus first team All-American, was named to the first team while Beede and Harrell were placed on the second team. The trio, along with Mike Yastrzemski, was also named to the All-South Region team.
Kemp produced one of the most electric seasons by a Commodore in school history winning Southeastern Conference Player of the Year to become the second Vanderbilt player to garner the award (Hunter Bledsoe). Kemp led the SEC in batting average, on-base percentage, runs and stolen bases during the regular season. The Franklin, Tenn. native became the fourth Commodore in history to eclipse the 100-hit mark with 104 hits, third-most in VU history. Kemp also led the way for the Dores as a first team All-South Region pick. The Houston Astros selected him in the fifth round.
Beede set the single-season school record with 14 wins in his sophomore season. The right-hander was dominant for the Dores going 14-1 with a 2.32 ERA and 103 strikeouts in 101 innings. He is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the nation’s top amateur player. He and Kemp make up two of the five finalists for the Dick Howser Trophy, the award for college baseball’s top player. Beede won each of his first 13 starts and posted 10 consecutive quality starts at one point in the season. Beede was a first team All-South Region selection.
Harrell saved his best for last with a career year in his senior season. The Houston native hit a career-best .312 with career-highs in home runs (12), RBI (67) and runs (60). He has now been named an All-American by two entities having already earned the recognition from the NCBWA. The ABCA named him a first team All-South Region performer. The Detroit Tigers picked Harrell in the seventh round of the Major League draft earlier this month.
Yastrzemski was named a second team All-South Region player after a stellar senior season. The Andover, Mass. native was a first team All-SEC pick and SEC All-Defensive player. Yastrzemski finished his career starting 203 straight games and hitting .312 with 25 extra-base hits and 43 RBI. The Baltimore Orioles picked him in the 14th round of the draft.
A school record six Commodores earned All-American status in 2013 with pitchers Kevin Ziomek (Baseball America, NCBWA) and Brian Miller (Collegiate Baseball) earning the honor along with Yastrzemski (NCBWA). The previous school record happened in 2007 when David Price, Dominic de la Osa, Pedro Alvarez, Casey Weathers and Ryan Flaherty were named All-Americans.