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.


Josh Rehders

Chris McElvain pitches against Army West Point on Feb. 25, 2022. (Hustler Multimedia/Josh Rehders)

Andrew Wilf, Deputy Sports Editor

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. 

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