Leiter to Texas

Vanderbilt sophomore taken second overall by Texas Rangers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt standout Jack Leiter was selected second overall in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Texas Rangers on Sunday night becoming the seventh Commodore in program history to be taken in the top five.

Leiter is the 11th top-10 overall pick in the Tim Corbin era (2003-present), a mark that is more than every other program in the SEC East combined. He is the 122nd Commodore selected and 18th first-round selection in that timeframe.

Leiter becomes the fifth Commodore to be drafted by the Texas Rangers, and he first since 2015 when the Rangers selected Xavier Turner and Tyler Ferguson.

At Vanderbilt, the sophomore experienced great success over his two seasons, including a standout campaign in year two. Leiter wrapped up his sophomore season by being tabbed as an unanimous first team All-American, while being selected as a finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.

The right-hander was also tabbed as the SEC Newcomer of the Year, and received All-SEC first team honors and Newcomer All-SEC recognition, as well.

Leiter entered the season as a consensus preseason All-American, while being

The Summit, New Jersey native, registered 201 strikeouts across his two seasons, including a nation-leading 179 punchouts in 2021. Leiter closed out the season ranking third in the country in hits allowed per nine innings with a mark of 3.93.