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RATED ‘M’ FOR MATURE

College juniors look forward to two things as the season approaches the finish line: postseason baseball—hopefully ending with a trip to Omaha—and hearing their names called in the draft.

Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday will have those lifelong dreams realized in 2019.

Bleday grew up in Pennsylvania before his family moved to Panama City, Fla., when he was a sophomore in high school. He prepped for two years at Mosley High in nearby Lynn Haven.

But for the past three years he has called Vanderbilt’s Hawkins Field and a spot in the Commodores’ lineup home.

Bleday has been a starter since the day he arrived on campus. As a freshman in 2017 he hit .256 with two home

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