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June 20, 2012

Clinard, Olson sign

Two more Vanderbilt baseball players -- one current, one future -- agreed to terms with pro suitors and signed pro contracts this week.

Fourth year junior right handed pitcher Will Clinard signed a pro contract with the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers picked Clinard in the 19th round.

Clinard, a life-long Vanderbilt fan from Cross Plains, Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt this past spring.

Clinard announced his decision on Twitter earlier today: "Proud to be a Detroit Tiger, but will always be a Commodore!! Thanks to everyone for their support in my four years at Vandy!"

Clinard told VandySports.com that he flew out to Connecticut yesterday morning to report to Detroit's Class A Short Season affiliate. Connecticut's season opens this Wednesday. There are 11 draft picks from the 2012 draft on the Tigers' opening day roster.

Clinard participated in many memorable moments during his VU career, but may be best remembered for his emotional closing of Vanderbilt's 2011 Super Regional win over Oregon State.

Olson, as expected, signed a pro contract with the Oakland Athletics. Olson reportedly signed for $1.08 million, which was the allotted slot value for his pick.

Olson, from Parkview, Ga., was taken 47th overall by the Oakland A's.

Three other Vanderbilt student athletes, plus one other recruit, have signed pro contracts this spring. Vandy underclassmen Anthony Gomez, Drew VerHagen and Sam Selman, plus high schooler Collin Wiles, each signed pro contracts with their respective pro franchises.


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