2018 MLB draft: Vanderbilt's Connor Kaiser, Karns High's Ryder Green highlight Day 2 picks

Erik Bacharach
The Tennessean
Vanderbilt's Connor Kaiser (12) hits a grand slam in the sixth inning of an NCAA college baseball regional game against Clemson, Sunday, June 3, 2018, in Clemson, S.C. (Bart Boatwright/The Greenville News via AP)

These are 72 hours Connor Kaiser won't ever forget.

The Vanderbilt junior shortstop was selected in the third round (86th overall) of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, highlighting a big day for prospects with ties to Tennessee. 

Ten players with Tennessee connections were selected on the second day of the draft, though none was riding the high Kaiser was coming into the event.

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Kaiser made national headlines Sunday by hitting a school record-tying three homers and tying an NCAA tournament record with 10 RBIs in the Commodores’ 19-6 regional-clinching win over Clemson.

Before his performance that sent Vanderbilt into the Super Regionals, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Kaiser had only four career homers in his 163 previous games. He leads Vandy with 14 multi-hit games and has a .991 fielding percentage while committing just two errors in 228 total chances this season.

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Ryder Green facing big decision

Karn's Ryder Green (22) speaks to his coach in the dugout at a high school baseball game between Karns and Campbell County Thursday, April 5, 2018. Karns defeated Campbell County.

Ryder Green, a Karns High graduate and Vanderbilt signee, was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round (97th overall).

The approximate value of the 97th pick is $576,400, according to MLB.com

Green was named the 2018 baseball player of the year at Thursday's Knox News Sports Awards. The center fielder had a.462 batting average, 39 RBIs and 40 runs his senior season. 

Green ranks No. 82 on MLB.com’s list of top 200 draft prospects, and No. 98 on Baseball America’s list. 

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Vanderbilt also had a pair of right-handed pitchers selected on Day 2. Reid Schaller was drafted in the third round (101st overall) by the Washington Nationals, and Chandler Day was drafted in the seventh round (221st overall) by the Washington Nationals.

Tennessee Tech has two picks

A day after defeating Ole Miss to advance to the Super Regionals, No. 25 Tennessee Tech got some more good news.

Ethan Roberts, a right-handed pitcher for Tech, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fourth round (128th overall). Three rounds later, Travis Moths was drafted by Arizona. The Diamondbacks selected the right-handed pitcher with the 219th overall pick.

Trio of Vols signees selected

Three players who have signed with Tennessee were selected Tuesday.

Shorstop Jonathan Ornelas was drafted in the third round (91th overall) by the Texas Rangers, left-handed pitcher Aaron Ashby in the fourth round (125th overall) by the Milwaukee Brewers and right-handed pitcher William English in the fifth round (151th) by the Los Angeles Angels.

Former Collierville star drafted

Peyton Culbertson, an Arkansas State right-handed pitcher and former Collierville High star, was selected in the eighth round (237th overall) by the Miami Marlins.