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The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

2022 MLB Draft: Chris McElvain drafted by Cincinnati Reds in eighth round

Chris McElvain’s MLB career will begin with the Cincinnati Reds after being selected with the 243rd pick of the 2022 MLB draft.
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Chris McElvain pitches against Army West Point on Feb. 25, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Vanderbilt pitcher Chris McElvain was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds with the 243rd overall pick in the eighth round of the 2022 MLB Draft.

After leading his high school to a pair of final four appearances in the Tennessee State Championship, McElvain came to Vanderbilt with a formidable resume. In his six appearances in his freshman year, the right-handed pitcher did not allow one run. During his sophomore campaign, McElvain made 22 appearances and was 5-1 in the games he started. When star pitchers Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter left the VandyBoys, it was clear that McElvain would be a weekend starter for the Commodores in 2022.

In 2022, the Tennessee-native posted a 4.27 ERA in 86.1 innings pitched and went 6-5 as a starter. Highlights from McElvain’s junior campaign include throwing 13 strikeouts against Hawaii on March 4, notching seven shutout innings against South Carolina on March 24 and being named SEC Pitcher of the Week on April 25.

The six-foot, 225 lbs. junior is poised to make a big splash at the next level. McElvain will hope to bring his phenomenal pitching from his 2022 season to the MLB and help the Cincinnati Reds organization right from the get-go. 

Stay tuned to The Vanderbilt Hustler Sports section on Twitter for 2022 MLB Draft news.

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Andrew Wilf
Andrew Wilf, Former Sports Editor
Andrew Wilf (’24) is Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He is from Livingston, N.J., and is majoring in history and minoring in business. He joined the sports staff his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Assistant Sports Editor and Deputy Sports Editor. Beyond writing for The Hustler, he is also the host of Anchor Analysis, Commodore Clash and Live From West End. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching the NFL and playing golf. He can be reached at [email protected].
Josh Rehders
Josh Rehders, Former Photography Director
Josh Rehders ('24) is from Houston and is studying computer science in the School of Engineering. When he is not shooting for The Hustler, Vanderbilt Athletics or freelancing, he enjoys finding new music and good food. He can be reached at [email protected].
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