NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt junior pitcher Chris McElvain was selected in the eighth round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon.
McElvain is the fourth Commodore taken in this year’s draft alongside Kumar Rocker, Spencer Jones and Dominic Keegan.
A Tennessee native from Thompson Station, McElvain led all Vanderbilt arms with 100 strikeouts and 86.1 innings of work over 16 starts in his breakout 2022 campaign.
McElvain worked the first seven innings of Vanderbilt’s combined no-hitter at Kentucky on April 22, striking out nine batters, and was named SEC Pitcher of the Week.
He was excellent on the mound for the Commodores against New Mexico State at the NCAA Corvallis Regional on June 4. Facing elimination, McElvain went 7.0 innings, holding the Aggies to just one run while fanning 11 to keep the Dores’ season alive.
In three years at Vanderbilt McElvain totaled 165 strikeouts over 141.1 innings.
The draft continues through round 10 on Monday followed by rounds 11-20 on Tuesday.