NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the students finishing up their final exams Wednesday and heading home for the holidays, it means the Lipscomb baseball season is peaking its head just around the corner. Opening day is just 65 days away and with that comes prospect rankings.
Juniors Michael Gigliotti and Brady Puckett were both named top-100 draft prospects by D1Baseball after the duo, along with teammate Jeffrey Passantino, placed their stamp on the prestigious Cape Cod League with dominating performances over the summer.
Gigliotti is ranked the No. 13 overall prospect and the second best outfielder, while Puckett comes in at No. 61, the 25th best right-handed pitcher.
Jacksonville’s righty Michael Baumann was the only other ASUN player to make the list at No. 59.
Gigliotti, a two-time ASUN All-Conference selection, is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him bat .301 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 31 walks and 15 stolen bases. Although he missed time on the diamond, the speedster still managed to lead the nation in bunt singles for a second year in a row with 17.
He led the ASUN with five triples and finished second with 55 runs scored.
The dynamic centerfielder will look to build on a big summer in the Cape that saw him land the Robert A. McNeese Award for the league’s top pro prospect. Earlier this week he was also selected to the MLB.com top-50 prospect list at No. 23.
Puckett is coming off his best season in Nashville where he earned a first team all-conference selection and became the first Bison to be named the ASUN Pitcher of the Year.
The 6-foot-9 hurler anchored the rotation for Lipscomb with a 9-2 record and a 2.93 ERA. Not only did the Murfreesboro native lead the league in wins, he was also tops in strikeouts (101) and pitcher of the week honors (4). His 107.2 innings logged paced the conference and ranks as the second most frames thrown in a single season in program history.
He pitched a league-best three complete games and lasted at least seven innings in 12 of his 15 starts.
Puckett was also named a third team All-American by Louisville Slugger.
Lipscomb will open its season February 17 when Oakland comes to the Music City for a three-game series.