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Anchor Drop, June 4, 2019: 88 Days to Kickoff

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JJ Bleday went to the Miami Marlins with the fourth pick in the MLB Draft.

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Good morning.

We’re now 88 days away from Vanderbilt football’s season opener against the Georgia Bulldogs. #88 on the roster is redshirt sophomore linebacker Michael Owusu. The 6’5”, 235-pound Owusu, from Oaks Christian in Oxnard, California, had two older brothers who both played football at Stanford — certainly familiar with Derek Mason. After redshirting in 2017, he saw his first game action in 2018, appearing in all 12 games and notching four total tackles on the season, including two in the Florida game.

We forgot to mention yesterday that Monday was the first night of the MLB Draft, and it only took four picks for JJ Bleday to go off the board — the Marlins took the Vanderbilt outfielder with their first pick in the draft. The good news about that is that if Bleday is close to being ready for the majors, there won’t be much reason for the Marlins to keep him in the minors for very long — after all, one of their current starting outfielders has a career .574 OPS. (The bad news, of course, is that he’ll probably get traded as soon as he hits arbitration. If you consider that bad news, anyway.)

And at the end of the first round, the Yankees drafted Vanderbilt signee Anthony Volpe, a shortstop prospect from Delbarton (NJ.) On the other hand, his Delbarton teammate and fellow Commodore signee Jack Leiter has apparently informed MLB teams that he won’t be signing with any of them.

Another commit, Deering (ME) OF Trejyn Fletcher, was selected by the Cardinals with the 58th pick.

Vanderbilt is “considering” selling alcohol at football games. Have the people considering this ever been to a Vanderbilt football game, or watched one on television?

Off the West End

From our sister blogs: Dawg Sports recaps a conversation between Dan Mullen and Steve Spurrier (this is humorous.)

The Super Regionals are set. Vanderbilt will host Duke (we knew this); the other matchups are Michigan at UCLA; Oklahoma State at Texas Tech; Ole Miss at Arkansas; Florida State at LSU; East Carolina at Louisville; Stanford at Mississippi State; and Auburn at UNC. The schedule will be officially announced later this morning.