CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern junior outfielder Chris Singleton was selected in the 19th round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday afternoon. The Goose Creek, S.C., native was taken with the 585th pick of the draft by the Chicago Cubs.
Singleton becomes the first CSU player taken in the MLB Draft since 2015, when left-handed pitcher Andrew Tomasovich was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 21st round.
Singleton started all 51 games in 2017 for head coach Adam Ward and was a fixture in the middle of the CSU lineup. He finished among Big South Conference leaders with 18 stolen bases and helped pace CSU's offense with 38 runs scored, ten doubles and four home runs. He showcased his defense in center field as well, ranking among national leaders with 10 outfield assists.
Singleton logged 153 games at CSU while lining up in all three outfield spots. This past season, he continued to move up the CSU record book in hits, games played, doubles, home runs, RBI and stolen bases.
Singleton is the second Buccaneer to be selected by the Cubs in the last four seasons, joining infielder Alex Tomasovich, who was taken in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB Draft.