Jeremy Sowers was a Kentucky high school baseball phenom recruited by Roy Mewbourne who became the first ace of the Tim Corbin era. The left-hander could have turned professional out of high school as the 20th overall selection by the Cincinnati Reds but was attracted by Vanderbilt’s combination of high academics and a quality Southeastern Conference schedule. As the Commodores’ “Friday Night” guy, he was instrumental in the team’s surprising 2004 NCAA Regional Championship and first-ever Super Regional berth. He is now a graduate student at the University of North Carolina.
- Was named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America team following his 2002 season at Vanderbilt.
- Selected out of high school with the 20th overall pick in the MLB draft but instead decided to go to Vanderbilt.
- Preseason All-America (2004)
- Two-time all-SEC as a sophomore and junior.
- Selected to the All-South Region team by the American Baseball Coaches Association as a sophomore.
- Rankedin the top 10 of numerous Vanderbilt single-season and career records, including wins, strikeouts and innings pitched.
- Selected by the Indians with the 6th overall pick in the 2004 Major League Baseball draft and signed for the third highest bonus in club history at the time.
- Completed his political science degree in the 2005-2006 offseason.
- Was named the Indians minor league Pitcher and Player of the Year in 2005.
- Made his major league debut against the Reds on June 25, 2006.
- Threw his first major league complete game shutout on July 22, 2006.
- Became the first Indian’s rookie to throw back-to-back shutouts since 1972.