July 10, 2014
Weeks after winning Vanderbilt's first-ever men's national championship the Commodores are already back on the field around the globe playing summer ball.
Three Commodores are representing their country this summer with Carson Fulmer, Dansby Swanson and Bryan Reynolds wearing the Red, White & Blue for USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team. With three players on the roster this summer it matches the feat in 2006 when the Collegiate National team roster had Vandy stars David Price, Pedro Alvarez and Casey Weathers led by VU head coach Tim Corbin. For Fulmer it is his second time to the USA jersey having played in on USA Baseball's 18U team.
The trio has picked up where they left off in Omaha with Swanson leading the team in hitting with a .444 average (12-for-27) in eight games. Reynolds is 9-for-27 with a home run and 10 RBI in nine games and has started all over the field for manager Dave Van Horn. Fulmer has pitched in two games with one start against Japan in the series opener. The right-hander dominated the Japanese squad with six scoreless innings.
The series opening win over Japan was tinted black and gold with Swanson and Reynolds combining to go 6-for-10 with three RBI.
Team USA opens Honkbal-Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands tomorrow against Japan and will play teams from the Netherlands and Chinese-Taipei. The tournament ends July 20 with Team USA playing a series in Cuba against the Cuban collegiate team beginning July 23.
Seven Commodores are on the Cape this summer playing in the Cape Cod League. John Norwood and Rhett Wiseman are in Cotuit, Tyler Ferguson and Hayden Stone are with Orleans, Walker Buehler is on the Yarmouth-Dennis roster and Jason Delay and Zander Wiel are suiting up for Bourne.
In Cotuit, Norwood has kept hitting. The senior-to-be hit .400 in the College World Series and is 7-for-16 in his first four games with a home run and seven RBI for the Kettleers. Wiseman has knocked in six runs in his nine games.
Buehler made his Cape Cod League debut last night allowing one run on six hits over 5.1 innings to earn the win over Brewster. Wiel has five RBI and a homer in only four games for Bourne.
Nine Commodores are calling the New England Collegiate Baseball League home this summer with Tyler Green and John Kilichowski playing for Newport, Drake Parker and Ryan Johnson are in Sanford, Ben Bowden is pitching for Plymouth, Ro Coleman and Aubrey McCarty are on the roster at Keene and Laconia has Karl Ellison and Jordan Sheffield.
In 10 games for the Gulls, Green is hitting .294 with six RBI. Kilichowski struck out seven in five innings of his NECBL debut this week. Parker has been a spark plug for the Mainers in 22 games he's hitting .286 with four stolen bases. Johnson has fanned 12 in 10 innings of relief for the Mainers. In his two outings for Plymouth, Bowden has been dominant. The big lefty has struck out five in four innings and allowed only one hit.
McCarty has shown his versatility for the Swamp Bats, pitching and hitting. The Georgia-native is hitting .256 and has pitched five scoreless innings over three games. In Laconia, Sheffield has struggled with command in his return from elbow surgery. The right-hander has walked 17 and struck out 17 in 16.1 innings. Ellison made his Muskrat debut earlier this week.
Nolan Rogers is the lone Commodore in the Northwoods League, suiting up for Duluth. The Indiana-native is off to a slow start in his first four games with the Huskies but has seen action at second base and the outfield.
College World Series hero Tyler Campbell is in the Coastal Plains League this summer playing for Morehead City (NC). In his first six games with the Marlins, Campbell is 5-for-15 with an on-base percentage of .474.
Kyle Smith and Penn Murfee drew the Hamptons Collegiate League assignments. Murfee is hitting .241 with 13 RBI in 23 games for North Fork. The Nashville-native had a three-hit game with two RBI last Saturday. Smith arrived last week in Southampton and found his stroke. The Mt. Juliet product is 8-for-20 in his first five games with six RBI.
Vandy Boys of Summer
USA Baseball Collegiate National Team
Cape Cod League
John Norwood - Cotuit
Rhett Wiseman - Cotuit
Tyler Ferguson - Orleans
Hayden Stone - Orleans
Walker Buehler - Yarmouth-Dennis
Jason Delay - Bourne
Zander Wiel - Bourne
New England Collegiate Baseball League
Tyler Green - Newport
John Kilichowski - Newport
Drake Parker - Sanford
Ryan Johnson - Sanford
Ben Bowden - Plymouth
Ro Coleman - Keene
Aubrey McCarty - Keene
Jordan Sheffield - Laconia
Karl Ellison - Laconia
Nolan Rogers - Duluth
Coastal Plains League
Tyler Campbell - Morehead City
Hamptons Collegiate League
Penn Murfee - North Fork
Kyle Smith - Southampton