Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin has evidently added two more players to a recruiting class that was already highly thought of. If you're keeping track, that brings the number of new players next fall to 14.
Last November the Commodores announced the signing of 12 players-- 11 high school seniors and one junior college player-- to grants-in-aid. No signing announcements have been forthcoming since then... but that doesn't mean that recruiting has stopped. It now appears clear, barring the unforeseen, that at least two other players will join the roster in the fall.
Ryan Rote, a right-handed pitcher from Kishwaukee (Ill.) Junior College, appears headed to Vanderbilt in the fall after being passed over in the 2003 draft. The 6-foot-4 hurler was drafted in 2002 by Anaheim (29th round) and 2001 by Texas (25th round), but never signed a major league contract. As a junior college graduate he would be eligible to sign a contract between now and August, but reports indicate he is currently planning to continue his education at Vanderbilt and play for Corbin and the Commodores.
Rote is playing this summer with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League. A native of Delafield, Wisc., he played high school ball at Kettle Moraine High School. (Coincidentally, his teammate at Kishwaukee JC was Paul Moviel, brother of another Vandy baseball signee, pitcher Greg Moviel.)
The other addition is Greg Del George, a shortstop from Monsignor Farrell High School in Staten Island, N.Y. The 5-foot-11 infielder batted .350 as a senior. He was drafted in the 46th round of this year's draft by the Chicago White Sox. The Staten Island Advance, however, quoted him as saying he was unlikely to sign, since he had already accepted a scholarship to attend Vanderbilt.
Meanwhile there's been no word yet as to whether the Commodores' blue-chip pitching signee, Greg Moviel of Cleveland-St. Ignatius High School, will sign a professional contract or play for Vanderbilt. The White Sox drafted Moviel last week in the 15th round of the 2003 draft, but Moviel had hopes of going higher. High school players are eligible to sign professionally until the day they begin college classes.