Former Spring Hill High School baseball star Zach King will get a chance to join a teammate in his first professional opportunity.
King, the junior pitcher for the Vanderbilt Commodores, was selected in the 13th round of the MLB Draft (pick 381) this week by the Miami Marlins.
His fellow Commodore, highly-touted prospect J.J. Bleday, was taken fourth overall by the Marlins at the start of the draft.
“Zach has been one of the most reliable pitching options that we have had in our program since he arrived,” Vandy head coach Tim Corbin said via the team’s website.
“He has been thrown into the fire many times and has shown great consistency in performance. His maturity and compete level continue to grow. He is a tough kid who loves the arena of competition. He is a very valuable piece of our pitching staff and he will continue to be someone we rely upon. His maturity off the field has really developed as well, as seen in his interactions with the younger players.”
The former Raider will either choose a senior season with Vandy and re-enter the draft process in 2020 or begin his pro career with one of the Marlins’ minors teams.
He helped Spring Hill win a Class AA state title in 2016.
Vandy is in the midst of a post-season run, with a Super Regional round set with Duke in Nashville this weekend.
Photo from Vanderbilt Athletics.