Sept. 25, 2012
Nashville, Tenn. -
Vanderbilt's 11-player freshman class is the best in the nation according to Collegiate Baseball.
The Commodores' freshman class features seven players that were selected in the major league baseball draft last summer. The class consists of six right-handed pitchers and five position players that join a Vanderbilt team that returns 25 players from last year's squad.
The top spot in the Collegiate Baseball poll is the first for VU in the 30 years Collegiate Baseball has produced the poll. The Commodores' freshman class ranked second in the poll a year ago but was named the best class in the nation by Baseball America. This year, the Dores topped UCLA, Arizona, LSU, Clemson, Stanford, Florida, North Carolina, Miami and South Carolina in the top 10. A team from the Southeastern Conference has claimed the top spot in the Collegiate Baseball poll in nine of the last 10 years.
Vanderbilt begins fall practice today with the team's annual Black & Gold Series slated for October 25, 26 and 28 at the newly renovated Hawkins Field.
Vanderbilt's Freshman Class
RHP Walker Buehler - Lexington, Ky. (14th round pick - Pittsburgh)
RHP Carson Fulmer - Lakeland, Fla. (15th - Boston)
OF Rhett Wiseman - Mansfield, Mass. (25th - Chicago (NL))
IF Xavier Turner - Sandusky, Ohio (34th - Boston)
RHP Pat Delano - Braintree, Mass. (35th - Boston)
IF Dansby Swanson - Marietta, Ga. (38th - Colorado)
RHP Tyler Ferguson - Fresno, Calif. (40th - San Francisco)
IF Tyler Campbell - Portland, Ore.
RHP Chris Raasch - Norcross, Ga.
IF Kyle Smith - Old Hickory, Tenn.
RHP Luke Stephenson - Fairland, Ind.