Vanderbilt lost all three of their postseason starting pitchers after finishing as national runners-up in 2015. Now, they'll have the opportunity to slot a 99-mph hurler into Carson Fulmer, Philip Pfeifer, or Walker Buehler's spot in the rotation.
Tim Corbin's 2015 recruiting class got a major boost when right-handed pitcher Donny Everett decided to spurn a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in order to attend Vanderbilt instead. The Clarksville native had been projected as a potential first-round draft choice this summer, but he fell to the 29th round due to his commitment to the Commodores. On Wednesday, CBS Sports baseball writer Jon Heyman broke the news that Everett would use the next three years to hone his craft in Nashville.
rhp Donny Everett, 99 mph/1st round talent, was picked late by brewers as college was seen likely. & he will go to Vandy.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) July 15, 2015
Despite the low draft slot, Everett allegedly turned down an offer of $2.5 million to earn his degree while sharpening an already overpowering fastball. Heyman broke that news back over a month ago, but his latest scoop suggests that the high school pitcher's decision is now final. Everett is a 6'2", 220 pound workhorse who can light up the radar gun with his speed or keep batters off balance with a breaking ball that dials the speed back to the mid 80s. A hard cutting slider, clocked consistently in the low 80s, rounds out a three-pitch arsenal that could be ready for SEC competition next spring.
With the decision, Everett can throw his name into the competition to fill Vanderbilt's weekend rotation. He'll battle with John Kilichowski, Kyle Wright, Jordan Sheffield, Ryan Johnson, Ben Bowden, Collin Snyder, Chandler Day, and a hopefully-recovered Hayden Stone for one of the team's three featuring starting roles. He'll have to prove that he has the mental makeup to complement those personal skills before he gets a shot at Florida and South Carolina in 2016.