Four Vandy Boys Named All-Region, Commodore Duo Invited To USA Baseball CNT

Devin Futrell. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt baseball’s Enrique Bradfield Jr., Devin Futrell, Nick Maldonado and Hunter Owen have been named to the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Southeast All-Region Second Team.

Bradfield has earned all-region honors all three seasons in Music City. Vandy’s all-time leading base stealer, the outfielder once again led the SEC in stolen bases in 2023 with 37. He totaled 69 runs scored to lead the Commodores and had the third-most hits on the team. In addition to fueling the Vanderbilt offense, Bradfield was also a defensive stalwart for the Dores, patrolling center field and making countless highlight-reel plays. Bradfield was named to the All-SEC Second Team and the All-Defensive Team. 

Futrell led the Vandy pitching staff with an 8-3 record and a 3.44 ERA. He totaled 72 strikeouts and was named Second Team All-SEC. Futrell was named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 3 after tossing 8.0 shutout innings against Georgia with seven strikeouts, and also made the College Baseball Foundation Pitcher of the Year Midseason Watch List.  Futrell was also invited to the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team summer training camp along with teammate Carter Holton.

Holton made 11 starts for the Commodores this season and went 4-1 with a 4.11 ERA. The lefty was a unanimous Freshman All-America selection in 2022 as well as a member of the USA Baseball CNT, making two appearances for the squad last summer. The sophomore turned in four quality starts this season, including a season-high 10 strikeouts during a seven-inning outing against Georgia on March 31.

Maldonado anchored the bullpen for the Commodores, recording a team-high eight saves while earning second team All-SEC honors. He held opposing hitters to a .135 average and allowed just five earned runs in 22 appearances for a team-best 1.44 ERA.

Owen finished his junior campaign with a 4-0 record and a 3.52 ERA. He led Vanderbilt in strikeouts with 76, and was named SEC Co-Pitcher of the Week on March 20 after he tossed a 96-pitch, two-hit, complete-game shutout vs. No. 3 Ole Miss with a career-high 11 strikeouts. Owen retired the final 23 batters he faced in win, and turned in three quality starts on the season, including a seven-inning outing at Alabama where he totaled nine strikeouts and gave up just one earned on two hits.

The 2023 USA Baseball CNT schedule features the annual Stars vs. Stripes Intrasquad Series and the return of the International Series with Chinese Taipei and Japan. Currently, 12 of the 14 games will take place in North Carolina, with games at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, Atrium Health Ballpark in Kannapolis and Segra Stadium in Fayetteville.

The Stars vs. Stripes series is a product of the Collegiate National Team Training Camp that features 56 of the premier non-draft-eligible collegiate players in the country. USA Baseball will announce a final 26-man roster on June 30 to compete in the 20th USA vs. Chinese Taipei International Friendship Series and the 44th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship Series.

Steven Boero