Dores in Pros

Sixteen former Commodores have seen action across Major League Baseball during the 2022 season.

  • Tyler Beede (2012-14) – Pittsburgh Pirates Stats
  • JJ Bleday (2017-19) – Miami Marlins Stats
  • Walker Buehler (2013-15)– Los Angeles Dodgers Stats
  • Curt Casali (2008-11) – Seattle Mariners Stats
  • Jason Delay (2014-17) – Pittsburgh Pirates Stats
  • Sonny Gray (2009-11) – Minnesota Twins Stats
  • Tony Kemp (2011-13) – Oakland Athletics Stats
  • Mike Minor (2007-09) – Cincinnati Reds Stats
  • David Price (2005-07) – Los Angeles Dodgers Stats
  • Bryan Reynolds (2014-16) – Pittsburgh Pirates Stats
  • Sam Selman (2010-12) – Oakland Athletics Stats
  • Jordan Sheffield (2014-16) – Colorado Rockies – Stats
  • Collin Snider (2015-17) – Kansas City Royals Stats
  • Dansby Swanson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves Stats
  • Drew VerHagen (2012) – St. Louis Cardinals Stats
  • Kyle Wright (2015-17) – Atlanta Braves Stats

Vanderbilt had 13 former Commodores named to Opening Day rosters for the 2022 Major League Baseball season.

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2022 Minor League Baseball

Triple-A

  • Ben Bowden (2014-16) – San Francisco Giants, Sacramento River Cats – Stats
  • Tyler Ferguson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves, Gwinnett Stripers – Stats
  • Carson Fulmer (2013-15) – Los Angeles Dodgers, Oklahoma City Dodgers – Stats
  • Will Toffey (2015-17) – Philadelphia Phillies, Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Stats

Double-A

  • Tyler Brown (2018-20) – Houston Astros, Corpus Christi Hooks – Stats
  • Philip Clarke (2018-19) – Toronto Blue Jays, New Hampshire Fisher Cats – Stats
  • Jake Eder (2018-20) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
  • Mason Hickman (2018-20) – Cleveland Indians, Akron RubberDucks – Stats
  • Connor Kaiser (2016-18) – Pittsburgh Pirates, San Antonio Missions – Stats
  • Jeren Kendall (2015-17) – Los Angeles Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers – Stats
  • Zach King (2017-19) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
  • Jack Leiter (2020-21) – Texas Rangers, Frisco RoughRiders – Stats
  • Austin Martin (2018-20) – Minnesota Twins, Wichita Wind Surge – Stats
  • Luke Murphy (2019-21) – Los Angeles Angels, Rocket City Trash Pandas — Stats
  • Matt Ruppenthal (2015-17) – Houston Astros, Corpus Christi Hooks – Stats
  • Reid Schaller (2017-18) – Washington Nationals, Harrisburg Senators – Stats
  • Stephen Scott (2016-19) – Boston Red Sox, Portland Sea Dogs – Stats

High-A

  • Pat DeMarco (2018-19) – New York Yankees, Hudson Valley Renegades – Stats
  • Hugh Fisher (2018-21) – Arizona Diamondbacks, Hillsboro Hops – Stats
  • Harrison Ray (2017-20) – Toronto Blue Jays, Vancouver Canadians – Stats
  • Justin Wilson (2017-18) – New York Yankees, Hudson Valley Renegades – Stats

Low-A

  • Ty Duvall (2017-20) – Seattle Mariners, Modesto Nuts – Stats
  • Drake Fellows (2017-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton Marauders – Stats
  • Jackson Gillis (2017-19) – Milwaukee Brewers, Carolina Mudcats – Stats
  • Joe Gobillot (2018-19) – Tampa Bay Rays, Charleston RiverDogs – Stats
  • Jayson Gonzalez (2018-21) – Chicago White Sox, Kannapolis Cannon Ballers – Stats
  • Spencer Jones (2020-22) – New York Yankees, Tampa Tarpons – Stats
  • Dominic Keegan (2019-22) – Tampa Bay Rays, Charleston RiverDogs – Stats
  • CJ Rodriguez (2020-21) – Oakland Athletics, Stockton Ports – Stats
  • Javier Vaz (2021-22) – Kansas City Royals, Columbia Fireflies – Stats
  • Carter Young (2020-22) – Baltimore Orioles, Delmarva Shorebirds – Stats

2021 Major League Baseball

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.

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
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
Sam Selman (2010-12) — Los Angeles Angels – Stats
Jordan Sheffield (2014-16) – Colorado Rockies – Stats
Dansby Swanson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves – Stats
Mike Yastrzemski (2010-13) – San Francisco Giants – Stats
Kyle Wright (2015-17) – Atlanta Braves – Stats

*Began the season on IL

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2021 Minor League Baseball

Triple-A
Carson Fulmer (2013-15) – Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Bats – Stats
Ethan Paul (2016-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Indianapolis Indians – Stats
Collin Snider (2015-17) – Kansas City Royals, Omaha Storm Chasers – Stats
Will Toffey (2015-17) – San Francisco Giants, Sacramento River Cats – Stats
Zander Wiel (2012-15) – Minnesota Twins, St. Paul Saints – Stats

Double-A
JJ Bleday (2017-19) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
Jason Delay (2014-17) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Altoona Curve – Stats
Jake Eder (2018-20) – Miami Marlins, Pensacola Blue Wahoos – Stats
Connor Kaiser (2016-18) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Altoona Curve – Stats
Jeren Kendall (2015-17) – Los Angeles Dodgers, Tulsa Drillers – Stats
Austin Martin (2018-20) – Minnesota Twins, Wichita Wind Surge – Stats
Philip Pfeifer (2012-15) – San Francisco Giants, Richmond Flying Squirrels –  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
Tyler Ferguson (2013-15) – Atlanta Braves, Rome Braves – Stats
Mason Hickman (2018-20) – Cleveland Indians, Lake County Captains – Stats
Zach King (2017-19) – Miami Marlins, Beloit Snappers – Stats
Luke Murphy (2019-21) – Los Angeles Angels, Tri-City Dust Devils — 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
Pat DeMarco (2018-19) – New York Yankees, Tampa Tarpons – Stats
Ty Duvall (2017-20) – Seattle Mariners, Modesto Nuts – Stats
Drake Fellows (2017-19) – Pittsburgh Pirates, Bradenton Marauders – Stats
Hugh Fisher (2018-21) – Arizona Diamondbacks, Visalia Rawhide – Stats
AJ Franklin (2016-19) – Kansas City Royals, Columbia Fireflies – Stats
Jackson Gillis (2017-19) – Milwaukee Brewers, Carolina Mudcats – Stats
Joe Gobillot (2018-19) – Tampa Bay Rays, Charleston River Dogs – Stats
Jayson Gonzalez (2018-21) – Chicago White Sox, Annapolis Cannon Ballers – Stats
Harrison Ray (2017-20) – Toronto Blue Jays, Dunedin Blue Jays – Stats
CJ Rodriguez (2020-21) – Oakland Athletics, Stockton Ports – Stats
Stephen Scott (2016-19) – Boston Red Sox, Salem Red Sox – Stat

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.