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The Los Angeles Dodges Select Jordan Sheffield With the 36th Pick of the 2016 MLB Draft

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Vanderbilt's Friday starter finished 2016 on a low note, but that didn't stop the Dodgers from drafting him on Thursday night.

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Jordan Sheffield's Major League Baseball dream has come true. Three years after an elbow injury kept him from being a first-day selection in the MLB Draft, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected the Vanderbilt ace 36th overall on Thursday night.

Sheffield was the third pick of the draft's lottery round "A." He was the top #VandyBoy chosen, but broke a program streak of two straight years with a first round selection by sliding into the mid-30s.

The dominant righty underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013, and that injury kept him from making the jump to the minors straight out of high school like his brother. Justus Sheffield was selected with the 31st pick in the 2014 draft and elected to join the Cleveland Indians organization rather than attend Vanderbilt. Jordan's first year in Nashville was spent rehabbing his arm, and he spent 2015 swinging between starts and a role in the bullpen. Those 22 appearances set the stage for a breakout sophomore season as a Commodore.

Sheffield struck out 113 batters in 101.2 innings this spring as he helped lead Vandy to a Regional hosting gig. That included a 32 inning streak in SEC play where he failed to give up an earned run. He finished the year with an 8-6 record, a 3.01 ERA, and a .218 batting average against.

He'll join former teammates Walker Buehler and Philip Pfeifer in the Los Angeles system. The Dodgers selected Buehler 24th overall in 2015, while Pfeifer was the team's third round selection that year.