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Dominic Keegan C/1B-Tampa Bay Rays: 2022 MLB Draft, 4th Rd, 134th overall

Dominic Keegan’s last two years at Vanderbilt were ultra-productive. After smacking 15 home runs in 2021, he added 14 more as a senior. The New York Yankees 2021 19th round selection (573rd overall), however, exceeded his slugging percentage totals this past season.

Dominic Keegan C-Tampa Bay Rays
Keegan (No. 12 pictured getting brushed off the plate) smacked 29 home runs over the last two seasons.

As a junior in 2021, Keegan played quite a bit at first base before shifting to catcher full-time. Where he plays defensively may be in question, but the pop in his bat remains his biggest asset.

Chris McElvain RHP-Cincinnati Reds: 2022 MLB Draft, 8th Rd, 243rd overall

Chris McElvain turned in back-to-back respectable seasons for the Vanderbilt Commodores, notching 11 wins in the process. This past season he produced double-digit strikeout performances in three performances, including 11 in his final career start against New Mexico State.

Chris McElvain RHP-Cincinnati Reds
Vanderbilt’s Chris McElvain served as both a relief pitcher and starter for the Commodores.

Enrique Bradfield, Jr. CF-Vanderbilt: DN spotlight

Bradfield, Jr., the 2021 SEC Freshman of the Year, leads the nation in stolen bases (46 through 6-7-21), and has consistently gotten on base (.476 on-base percentage). His discipline at the plate has resulted in 40 walks through 58 games for the Commodores.

In addition, the All-SEC defender sports a .991 fielding percentage and has just one error on the year. Bradfield, Jr.’s foot speed routinely changes the approach for pitchers on a nightly basis. The American Heritage High School (Fla.) product is one of the most exciting players in the nation.

Enrique Bradfield, Jr. vs. Kentucky in 2021
Bradfield, Jr. (seen leading off first base versus Kentucky in 2021) currently has 46 stolen bases through 58 games.

DraftNasty Throwback: Atlanta Braves SS Dansby Swanson

Swanson was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 MLB Draft, but ultimately decided to go to Vanderbilt. His 2014 College World Series performance earned him most valuable player honors and was a prelude to a Commodores national championship run in 2015. In turn, his decision not only paid off in a college championship, but it also helped earn him the distinction of becoming the number one overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Georgia native was traded less than a year later to his hometown team, the Atlanta Braves. In 2019, Swanson set a career-high with 17 home runs and 65 RBIs as the Braves won the National League East.

In 71 games (2015), Swanson smacked 24 doubles, six triples and 15 home runs for the Commodores. Defensively, he posted 111 put outs and 185 assists.