Dores in Pros

Vanderbilt was well represented on Opening Day for the 2021 Major League Baseball season, notching the most of any school in the country.

Eleven former Commodore student-athletes were named to Opening Day rosters across seven organizations. Three clubs boasted multiple Vanderbilt players including the San Francisco Giants (Curt Casali, Mike Yastrzemski), Los Angeles Dodgers (Walker Buehler, David Price) and the Colorado Rockies (Ben Bowden, Jordan Sheffield).

The duo of Sonny Gray (Cincinnati Reds) and Tyler Beede (San Francisco Giants) began the season on the their team’s respective injured lists.

2021 Major League Baseball
Tyler Beede (2012-14)* – San Francisco Giants – Stats
Ben Bowden (2014-16) – Colorado Rockies – Stats
Walker Buehler (2013-15) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Stats
Curt Casali (2008-11) – San Francisco Giants – Stats
Carson Fulmer (2013-15) – Cincinnati Reds – Stats
Sonny Gray (2009-11)* – Cincinnati Reds – Stats
Tony Kemp (2011-13) – Oakland Athletics – Stats
Mike Minor (2007-09) – Kansas City Royals – Stats
David Price (2005-07) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Stats
Bryan Reynolds (2014-16) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Stats
Jordan Sheffield (2014-16) – Colorado Rockies – Stats
Dansby Swanson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves – Stats
Mike Yastrzemski (2010-13) – San Francisco Giants – Stats

*Began the season on IL

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2021 Minor League Baseball

Triple-A
Jason Delay (2014-17) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Indianapolis Indians – Stats
Connor Kaiser (2016-18) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Indianapolis Indians – Stats
Philip Pfeifer (2012-15) – San Francisco Giants, Sacramento River Cats –  Stats
Zander Wiel (2012-15) – Minnesota Twins, St. Paul Saints – Stats
Kyle Wright (2015-17) – Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett Stripers – Stats

Double-A
JJ Bleday (2017-19) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
Reed Hayes (2017) – Baltimore Orioles, Bowie Baysox – Stats
Jake Eder (2018-20) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
Jeren Kendall (2015-17) – Los Angeles Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers – Stats
Austin Martin (2018-20) – Toronto Blue Jays, New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Stats
Ethan Paul (2016-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Altoona Curve – Stats
Collin Snider (2015-17) – Kansas City Royals, Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Stats
Will Toffey (2015-17) – New York Mets, Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Stats
Rhett Wiseman (2013-15) – Washington Nationals, Harrisburg Senators – Stats

High-A
Tyler Brown (2018-20) – Houston Astros, Asheville Tourists – Stats
Philip Clarke (2018-19) – Toronto Blue Jays, Vancouver Canadians – Stats
Maddux Conger (2016-18) – Detroit Tigers, West Michigan Whitecaps – Stats
Mason Hickman (2018-20) – Cleveland Indians, Lake County Captains – Stats
Zach King (2017-19) – Miami Marlins, Beloit Snappers – Stats
Patrick Raby (2016-19) – Cincinnati Reds, Daton Dragons – Stats
Matt Ruppenthal (2015-17) – Houston Astros, Asheville Tourists – Stats
Reid Schaller (2017-18) – Washington Nationals, Wilmington Blue Rocks – Stats
Justin Wilson (2017-18) – New York Yankees, Hudson Valley Renegades – Stats

Low-A
Jackson Gillis – Milwakuee Brewers, Carolina Mudcats – Stats
Pat DeMarco (2018-19) – New York Yankees, Tampa Tarpons – Stats
Ty Duvall (2017-20) – Seattle Mariners, Modesto Nuts – Stats
Harrison Ray (2017-20) – Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin Blue Jays – Stats
Stephen Scott (2016-19) – Boston Red Sox, Salem Red Sox – Stat

Rookie
Drake Fellows (2017-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates, GCL Pirates – Stats
AJ Franklin (2016-19) – Kansas City Royals – Stats
Joe Gobillot (2018-19) – Tampa Bay Rays, GCL Rays – Stats

Vanderbilt was well represented when Major League Baseball clubs announced their initial 60-man player pools for the resumption of spring training in July 2020.

Sixteen former Commodore student-athletes across 11 organizations were part of player pools. Four clubs boast multiple Vanderbilt participants including the Los Angeles Dodgers (Walker Buehler, David Price), Cincinnati Reds (Curt Casali, Sonny Gray), Atlanta Braves (Philip Pfeifer, Dansby Swanson, Kyle Wright) and San Francisco Giants (Sam Selman, Mike Yastrzemski).

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2020 Major League Baseball
Tyler Beede (2012-14)* – San Francisco Giants – Stats
Ben Bowden (2014-16)^ – Colorado Rockies – Stats
Walker Buehler (2013-15) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Stats
Curt Casali (2008-11) – Cincinnati Reds – Stats
Carson Fulmer (2013-15) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Stats
Sonny Gray (2009-11) – Cincinnati Reds – Stats
Tony Kemp (2011-13) – Oakland Athletics – Stats
Mike Minor (2007-09) – Oakland Athletics – Stats
Philip Pfeifer (2012-15) – Atlanta Braves – Stats
David Price (2005-07)% – Los Angeles Dodgers – Stats
Bryan Reynolds (2014-16) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Stats
Sam Selman (2010-12) – San Francisco Giants – Stats
Dansby Swanson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves – Stats
Zander Wiel (2012-15)^ – Minnesota Twins – Stats
Kyle Wright (2015-17) – Atlanta Braves – Stats
Mike Yastrzemski (2010-13) – San Francisco Giants – Stats

*Not on initial 2020 roster (60-day injured list)
^ Taxi squad
%Opted out of season due to health and safety concerns

2020 Minor League Baseball
(latest organization/affiliate listed)

Signed
Drake Fellows (2017-19) – San Diego Padres – Unassigned – Stats

Double-A
Jason Delay (2014-17) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Altoona Curve – Stats
Conrad Gregor (2011-13) – Tampa Bay Rays – Montgomery Biscuits – Stats
Jordan Sheffield (2015-16) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Tulsa Drillers – Stats
Will Toffey (2015-17) – New York Mets – Binghamton Rumble Ponies – Stats
Rhett Wiseman (2013-15) – Washington Nationals – Harrisburg Senators – Stats

Single-A
JJ Bleday (2017-19) – Miami Marlins – Jupiter Hammerheads – Stats
Maddux Conger (2016-18) – Detroit Tigers – West Michigan Whitecaps – Stats
Chandler Day (2016-18) – Washington Nationals – Hagerstown Suns – Stats
Reed Hayes (2017) – Baltimore Orioles – Frederick Keys – Stats
Connor Kaiser (2016-18) – Pittsburgh Pirates – Greensboro Grasshoppers – Stats
Jeren Kendall (2015-17) – Los Angeles Dodgers – Rancho Cucamonga Quakes – Stats
Jared Miller (2012-14) – Arizona Diamondbacks – Visalia Rawhide – Stats
Matt Ruppenthal (2015-17) – Houston Astros – Quad Cities River Bandits – Stats
Reid Schaller (2017-18) – Washington Nationals – Hagerstown Suns – Stats
Collin Snider (2015-17) – Kansas City Royals – Wilmington Blue Rocks – Stats

Short Season
Philip Clarke (2018-19) – Toronto Blue Jays – Vancouver Canadians – Stats
Pat DeMarco (2018-19) – New York Yankees – Staten Island Yankees – Stats
Julian Infante (2016-19) – Miami Marlins – Batavia Muckdogs – Stats
Ethan Paul (2016-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates – West Virginia Black Bears – Stats
Stephen Scott (2016-19) – Boston Red Sox – Lowell Spinners – Stats
Justin Wilson (2017-18) – New York Yankees – Staten Island Yankees – Stats

Rookie
AJ Franklin (2016-19) – Kansas City Royals – Burlington Royals – Stats
Joe Gobillot (2018-19) – Tampa Bay Rays – GCL Rays – Stats
Alonzo Jones (2016-18) – Oakland Athletics – AZL Athletics – Stats
Zach King (2017-19) – Miami Marlins – GCL Marlins – Stats
Patrick Raby (2016-19) – Cincinnati Reds – Billings Mustangs – Stats

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The Commodores led the nation with 15 former players who made an MLB appearance in 2019 including nine pitchers. Walker Buehler (Los Angeles Dodgers), Sonny Gray (Cincinnati Reds) and Mike Minor (Texas Rangers) were tabbed MLB All-Stars and became the first trio from the same university to eclipse 200 strikeouts in a single season.

Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Mike Yastrzemski (San Francisco Giants) captivated fans with phenomenal rookie seasons. Reynolds finished with the highest batting average (.314) for a switch-hitting MLB rookie since 1896. Yastrzemski swatted 21 home runs and totaled 55 RBIs across 107 games while batting .272.