Preseason Recognition

Four Commodores receive preseason All-America honors

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  Four Vanderbilt student-athletes were named to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-America Team, the publication announced Tuesday.

The foursome of Enrique Bradfield Jr., Dominic Keegan, Nick Maldonado and Carter Young were each second-team selections on Collegiate Baseball’s preseason list.

The Commodores’ four honorees tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference, joining LSU.

Bradfield Jr., the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2021, led the nation with 47 stolen bases last season while batting .336 on the year to rank second on the team. He concluded the season by being named a consensus first team All-American while becoming the fourth Commodore to be named to the ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove Team.

Keegan received second team All-America honors from Perfect Game in 2021 after boasting a team-best .345 average last season. The Methuen, Massachusetts, native drove in 57 runs while slugging .638 to rank sixth in the SEC.

Maldonado turned in a team-high tying nine saves as a sophomore in 2021 while registering a 2.31 ERA out of the bullpen. His 50.2 innings of work marked the most of the Commodore relievers.

Young earned Newcomer All-SEC honors in 2021 after recording a team-high 16 home runs in the spring which tied him for sixth in the conference.

The trio of Young (No. 25), Keegan (No. 66) and Maldonado (No. 74) were all among D1Baseball’s 2022 Top 100 MLB Draft Prospects joining teammate Spencer Jones (No. 60), who was also named to the list.

On Monday, Collegiate Baseball ranked Vanderbilt second nationally in its preseason poll. The Commodores tallied 494 points, four behind Texas who took the top spot. It marked the 12th consecutive campaign that Vanderbilt enters a season ranked inside the top 10.