NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The preseason accolades continue to roll in for Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti as the junior center fielder earned first team Preseason All-America honors from Baseball America when the publication announced its selections Monday.
The All-America recognition is the second of the preseason for Gigliotti, who picked up second-team accolades from Perfect Game/Rawlings earlier this month.
His selection marks another first for the Bisons program as no other player in school history has ever landed a spot on the prestigious list.
Gigliotti enters his third year in Nashville looking to build on a sophomore campaign that saw him bat .301 with three home runs, 24 RBI, 31 walks and 15 stolen bases.
He led the ASUN Conference in 2016 with five triples while posting an impressive .407 on-base percentage.
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native was a freshman All-American in 2015 and has twice been named an ASUN Second Team All-Conference selection.
In his first two seasons as a Bison, Gigliotti has used his speed to cause chaos for opposing teams. The lefty finished both his freshman and sophomore campaigns as the nation’s most dangerous bunt man with 22 and 17 bunt singles, respectively, – more than any other player in the country in each season.
He also wreaks havoc on the base paths, combining to swipe 32 stolen bases and 106 runs scored. In 109 career games the speedster has failed to reach base in only 11, giving the Bisons a safety net atop the lineup.
Gigliotti was voted the ASUN Preseason Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches last week, while the Bisons were chosen as the overwhelmingly league favorite after garnering six of the eight first-place votes.
After putting himself on the radars of every Major League Baseball organization with a sensational summer in the Cape Cod League, Gigliotti has also received recognition from other publications as a top pro prospect and a potential first-rounder. D1Baseball.com rated him the No. 13 draft prospect, while Baseball America placed him No. 14 and MLB.com plugged him in at No. 23.
Baseball America’s preseason All-America team is voted on by Major League Baseball scouting directors and national cross checkers. Their selections are based on performance, talent and professional potential.
Lipscomb is coming off a 2016 campaign in which it finished 31-27, marking the third straight season the Bisons have put together a 30-win season.
The 2017 season kicks off February 17with the first of a three-game series against the Oakland Grizzlies. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.