Dores star pitcher goes 5th overall to Atlanta

Vanderbilt starting pitcher Kyle Wright was wildly considered a high draft pick headed into the 2017 MLB Draft and that was exactly the case as the 1st team All-SEC selection went 5th overall in the 1st round to the Atlanta Braves.

Once considered a possible 1st overall draft pick, Vanderbilt pitcher Kyle Wright waited four picks later to hear his name called when the Atlanta Braves selected the All-SEC performer with the 5th pick overall in the 1st round. 

The Braves took Wright with the idea of him moving up the minors quickly and eventually becoming a starter in their rotation. His mechanics are clean and his command is on point. These reason's along with pure talent are why the Braves though so highly of Wright and took him quickly with the 5th overall pick.

Wright finished his junior season at Vanderbilt with a 5-6 record and an era of 3.40. The numbers might not look great but low run support early in the season hurt his numbers but after a mid-season tweak to his mechanics, Wright exploded for a 2nd half like no other. The Vanderbilt starter for basically unhittable down the stretch and proved to MLB scouts his ability to become a dominant, possible number one starter in the pro's. 

Vanderbilt now has two former Commodores in the Atlanta Braves organization. Former VandyBoy, Dansby Swanson is the starting short-stop for the Braves and looks to stick there for the future and beyond. Wright could easily join him Atlanta sooner than later and if he does so, the Braves would have two young former Commodores to build their organization around. 

Wright is also a long time Braves fan as well as his family, so this situation couldn't have worked out any better for the Wright family and for Vanderbilt as the Commodores could be well represented in the city of Atlanta for a long time to come. 

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