Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin received some good news this weekend as RHP Andrew Dutkanych formally announced he is withdrawing from the 2022 MLB draft and will honor his commitment to the Commodores.
As a potential first-rounder Dutkanych is the first prominent player to pull out of the draft, which runs July 17-19. The 6’3” 205-pound prototypical starting pitcher is rated the 35th ranked prospect according to Baseball America. His fastball reaches 96 mph, and his arsenal also includes a slider, curveball, and changeup.
Dutkanych is part of a potential monster recruiting class for Vanderbilt which includes Baseball America’s #1 rated player OF Druw Jones, #13 rated RHP Dylan Lesko, #24 rated LHP Brandon Barriera, and #45 rated LHP Noah Schultz. Unfortunately, the problem with having a highly rated recruiting class in baseball is recruits are eligible to be drafted professionally right out of high school – unlike football and basketball. Much of the elite high-end talent from high school baseball never makes it to campus.
It remains to be seen how many players in Corbin’s 2022 recruiting class actually make it to Vanderbilt, which is why keeping Dutkanych in the fold is of significant importance. Per draft eligibility rules for college players, Dutkanych will next be eligible to enter the draft after his sophomore season.