Luellwitz, Lewis Chosen in Second Day of Major League
baseball Draft 6/5/02
outgoing senior Sean Luellwitz and Commodore signee Jensen
Lewis were chosen in the second day of the 2002 Major League
Draft, Wednesday, June 5.
Luellwitz was selected in the 28th round (849th pick overall)
by Arizona. Lewis, a member of the 2003 Vanderbilt recruiting
class, was selected by Cleveland in the 33rd round (994th
Luellwitz and Lewis join first-day picks Karl Nonemaker and
Commodore signee Jason Pridie as draft selections with Vanderbilt
ties. Philadelphia selected Nonemaker in the 20th round (599th
pick overall) while Tampa Bay selected Pridie in the second
round (43rd pick overall).
Luellwitz, a 6-5, 230-pound Vanderbilt first baseman/catcher
from Brookfield, Wis., completed his four-year collegiate
career as the Commodores' top offensive threat each of the
past two seasons. During the 2002 campaign Luellwitz led all
Vanderbilt hitters with a .370 batting average, 77 hits, 16
doubles, 12 home runs, 51 RBI and a .630 slugging percentage.
His .630 slugging percentage ranks third in the Southeastern
Conference while his .370 batting average ranks 11th in the
A two-time winner of the annual Jeff Peeples Most Valuable
Player Award, Luellwitz holds the Vanderbilt record for career
doubles with 61 and ranks fifth on the school list for career
hits (250) and career at bats (756).
"I was a little unsure after not hearing anything yesterday,
but I'm very excited now to be going to such an unbelievable
organization as Arizona," Luellwitz said. "I was out there
last week working out for them and meeting some of their staff.
It's a great organization."
will travel to Yakima, Wash., in the coming days to work out
in front of team officials before being assigned to a farm
team. Lewis, a 6-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher at Anderson
High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, was named the 2002 Ohio Gatorade
Player of the Year. He also earned first team All-Fort Ancient
Valley Conference honors.
Lewis leads all Anderson High School pitchers with a 7-2
record, 1.71 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 61.0 innings pitched.
His Redskins recently won the Division I Region 2 title to
advance to semi-state action beginning June 7.