NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin has been tabbed college baseball’s third-ranked prospect for the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft per Baseball America, the publication announced Tuesday.
According to Baseball America, the list is compiled in consultation with major league scouts, front office executives, scouting directors and other professional evaluators in an attempt to gauge the industry’s consensus on the top-50 players at the current moment.
Martin is joined by left-handed pitcher Jake Eder (No. 36) and right-handed hurler Tyler Brown (No. 38). Vanderbilt is tied for first in the SEC and second nationally with three student-athletes on the list, joining Arkansas and Mississippi State.
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Martin is coming off a breakthrough sophomore campaign in which he was named a first-team All-American by D1Baseball and Baseball America. The Jacksonville, Florida, product led the SEC in average (.392), hits per game (1.62), on-base percentage (.486) and runs (87).
Eder ranked second among Commodore relievers with a 2.97 ERA and 39.1 innings pitched. The Ocean Ridge, Florida, native limited opponents to a .190 average (12-for-63) with runners aboard and went 1-0 with two saves and a 3.00 ERA in three NCAA Tournament outings.
Brown was named a first-team All-SEC relief pitcher after setting Vanderbilt’s single-season saves record with 17. The Ashland, Ohio, product did not allow a run in 15 of his last 16 appearances and limited opponents to a .229 average in six NCAA Tournament appearances.
Vanderbilt opens fall training on Oct. 8. Full-squad training sessions open to the public will take place Tuesday-Friday. Additional dates and scrimmage schedules will be posted on Twitter (@VandyBoys) when available. The program’s annual Black and Gold series is set for November 12-16.