We're only 10 picks into the 2016 MLB Draft, but it's already been a good night for Vanderbilt recruits. High school pitchers Ian Anderson and Braxton Garrett both heard their names called early in the league's annual selection process.
Anderson, a wire right handed pitcher from Clifton Park, NY, was the third overall pick by the Atlanta Braves. He'll join a farm system that already includes Vanderbilt veteran Dansby Swanson. Garrett, a lefty with a bigger frame than Anderson, was selected seventh by the Miami Marlins.
Another former commit, 6'6 left-handed pitcher Jason Groome, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the 12th pick of the draft. Groome recently flipped his commitment from the Commodores to Chipola Junior College, which all but confirmed his intentions to jump to the minors rather than play three years of college baseball.
With seven-figure contracts waiting, it seems unlikely that either player will make it to campus this fall. Anderson and Garrett would have the opportunity to battle for a rotation spot behind presumptive Friday starter Kyle Wright and a bevy of underclassman talent led by Patrick Raby.