With Day 2 of the 2018 MLB Draft in the books, the slowest draft in recent memory for Vanderbilt continued.
Just three current Vanderbilt players were drafted today. SS Connor Kaiser went in the third round to the Pittsburgh Pirates; RHP Reid Schaller -- draft-eligible as a redshirt freshman -- was picked by the Washington Nationals in the third round, where he’ll join RHP Chandler Day, who was the Nationals’ seventh-round pick.
While some other recent drafts, notably 2014 and 2016, also had three Vanderbilt players picked in the first ten rounds of the draft, those drafts had a Commodore picked in the first round. In this draft, Kaiser, who was the 86th pick, was the first Commodore off the board.
Instead, the main story here has been a few recruits from Vanderbilt’s #1-ranked recruiting class coming off the board, and presumably off to play minor league ball instead of coming to Vanderbilt. But even there, the damage has been minimal and mostly expected. While four commits came off the board on Monday night, just one -- OF Ryder Green, the third-round pick of the New York Yankees -- came off the board today. The odds of a high school player drafted after the tenth round signing a professional contract are considerably lower; either the drafting team has to get significant (and we mean significant) savings out of the rest of its bonus pool, or the player has to be willing to sign for less than $100,000 (the maximum amount a player drafted in the 11th round or later can sign for and not count against the bonus pool.)
In other words, top prospect Kumar Rocker — who wasn’t drafted in the first ten rounds in spite of obvious potential — is probably coming to Vanderbilt. And, lo and behold, Rocker seemed to indicate as much on his Instagram account.
These next couple of years should be fun.