Gonzalez to Chicago

Vanderbilt senior taken in 17th round by the Chicago White Sox

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt infielder Jayson Gonzalez was selected 515th overall in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez is the sixth Vanderbilt player to be taken in the 2021 MLB Draft, joining teammates Jack Leiter, Kumar Rocker, Luke Murphy, CJ Rodriguez and Hugh Fisher.

One of three seniors for the Commodores, Gonzalez appeared in 61 games and was a steady presence in the Vanderbilt lineup during the 2021 campaign. He ranked fourth on the team in batting average with a .280 mark, while also placing fourth on the squad in RBI with 41.

Gonzalez registered nine home runs this season, including three in the NCAA postseason and two in the Men’s College World Series. The Covina, California, native recorded the walk-off hit in the Commodores’ opening game of the CWS to clinch the win over Arizona.

Today marks the third and final day of the 2021 MLB Draft. The three-day event began on Sunday with the first round, followed by rounds 2-10 on Monday afternoon.