CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox drafted Lipscomb shortstop Grant Massey with the seventh pick in the 26th round and the 772nd selection overall in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft Wednesday.
"We are all so excited for Grant," Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. "He is one of the best shortstops in the country and is going to be a great pro...the White Sox got a steal."
Massey becomes the 26th Bison in history be drafted to the Major Leagues and it marks the fourth-consecutive year and the ninth in the last 10 years a Bison has been selected.
The Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Year is a semifinalist for the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the nation’s best shortstop. Of the 10 semifinalists, which include five Southeastern Conference shortstops, he leads the group with a .982 fielding percentage. This season he hit .345, driving in 44 runs while hitting 12 doubles and two home runs. He also led Lipscomb and finished fourth in the A-Sun with 18 stolen bases.
Massey also landed spots on the first team all-conference and the all-tournament squad after going 7-for-16 at the plate with a team-high four runs scored and 20 assists in the field.
The senior from Auburn, Alabama is only the third Lipscomb shortstop ever drafted and the first since 2006 when the Los Angeles Angels selected Tadd Brewer in the 17th round. Massey is the first-ever Bison to be drafted by the White Sox.
"Grant is going to make the same impact on the White Sox organization as he made on Lipscomb in his short time here. I think we are all looking forward to what is next for him and we are going to enjoy watching him climb the ladder to the major leagues."