Baseball trio continues to be honored for outstanding summer
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
By Kirk Downs
Baseball trio continues to be honored for outstanding summer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Summer baseball assignments have concluded and all the Bisons are back in town to start the fall semester, but the honors continue to roll in for the trio who brought Lipscomb to the fore front while in the Cape.

Last week juniors Michael Gigliotti and Brady Puckett found themselves ranked among the top players in the country when D1Baseball.com released its annual Cape Cod League Top 100 Prospect List.

Ranked No. 8 on the list, Gigliotti helped his case as much as any player on the Cape, finishing the season with a combined .326 average, three home runs and 15 stolen bases in 51 regular season and playoff games for Falmouth.

He was given the Robert A. McNeece Award for the league’s top pro prospect at season’s end after racking up 62 base hits with 24 RBI and a league-leading 31 runs scored in 190 at-bats. Past greats to win this award include Robin Ventura, Chuck Knoblauch and Mark Teixeira.

Gigliotti started the league’s all-star game and was one of six outfielders named to the Cape Cod’s Year-End All-League Team while also landing a spot in Baseball America’s Top 30 Cape Cod Prospect List at No. 9.

Puckett paired with Lipscomb teammate Jeffrey Passantino to produce one of the most formidable pitching duos in the league.

D1Baseball.com ranked Puckett the No. 28 best prospect after the junior seemed to improve with each outing. Over 42 regular season innings, Puckett posted a 1.50 ERA and allowed just 26 hits and 10 walks. He made eight starts on the mound and paced the league with five wins.

Falmouth won the first seven games in which the Murfreesboro, Tennessee native started.

At one point in the summer, Puckett had a stretch where he allowed just one run over 24.0 innings pitched.

Puckett was also honored last week when Perfect Game labeled him a Second Team Summer Collegiate All-American.

The other side of that two-headed monster was Passantino. From the moment the junior first toed the rubber for Falmouth, he showed that he belonged and quickly worked himself into a full-term contract.

All he did was lead the league with a microscopic 0.64 ERA while compiling a 3-0 record and earning the starting nod for the West in the All-Star game. Combined he finished the year 6-0 with a win in the all-star game and two more in the playoffs while leading Falmouth to the brink of its first Cape Cod Championship.

At the end of the season he was awarded the B.F.C. Whitehouse Award for the most outstanding pitcher in the league and earned a spot on the All-Cape Cod Team.

He combined to strike out 55 batters while walking only six.

At one point over a span of 33 innings the junior out of Fort Myers, Florida kept batters guessing while only allowing just one run.

Against Yarmouth-Dennis in the championship series he struck out a season high eight batters while giving Falmouth a 1-0 lead in the series.

Like Puckett, Passantino also landed on Baseball America’s Summer Collegiate All-Americans list as a second teamer.

The trio helped Falmouth to a league-best 29-15 record.