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Yanks nab Vandy shortstop Conde in ninth round

With their ninth-round selection and the 272nd overall pick, the Yankees chose infielder Vince Conde from Vanderbilt University on Friday.

Conde, a 20-year-old junior who was named a first-team All-SEC shortstop, is still on the field this weekend for Vanderbilt as his club faces off against Stanford, hoping to advance to the College World Series.

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The Draft concludes on Saturday, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 11-40 beginning on MLB.com at 1 p.m. ET.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the 6-foot, 190-pound Conde attended Orangewood Christian (Fla.) High School, where was a high school and summer ball teammate of Dante Bichette Jr., who was the Yankees' first-round pick (51st overall) in 2011. Conde batted .307 (62-for-202) with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and 44 RBIs in 66 games this season at Vanderbilt.

Moving from third base to shortstop this year, Conde was 10-for-12 in stolen-base attempts, working 33 walks and striking out 33 times. He posted a .415 on-base percentage and a .421 slugging percentage, and is rated as a very good defensive player. Conde has listed the Yankees and the Marlins as his favorite baseball teams.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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