Vanderbilt’s Enrique Bradfield Jr. Selected By Orioles In MLB Draft

Enrique Bradfield Jr. holding the SEC Tournament trophy. Photo: Courtesy of Vanderbilt Athletics

Vanderbilt baseball superstar Enrique Bradfield Jr. was selected 17th overall in the first round of the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft by the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday night (July 9). 

Bradfield is Vanderbilt’s 22nd first-round selection in the Tim Corbin era (2003-present), which marks the most in the SEC. The Commodores have boasted a first-round pick in each of the last five MLB Drafts.

The electric center fielder has earned All-American honors all three seasons at Vanderbilt and won the Gold Glove Award twice, the first Commodore to do so. With 37 steals during his junior campaign bringing his career total to 130, Bradfield became Vandy’s all-time leader in the category. He was also one of Vanderbilt’s best fielders, finishing his college career with a fielding percentage of .985, while finishing the 2023 season with a perfect fielding percentage. 

Bradfield earned NCBWA All-American and ABCA All-Region honors in 2023, and was also named to the All-SEC Second Team and the All-Defensive Team. He totaled 69 runs scored to lead the Commodores and had the third-most hits on the team.

The Hialeah, Florida, native hit .311 over the past three seasons with 198 runs scored, third-most in Vandy history.

Steven Boero