KANSAS CITY – With the 120th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft, the Kansas City Royals selected Lipscomb’s Michael Gigliotti, making him the second-highest player ever drafted out of the Bisons program.
“We are all very excited for Michael as this is what he has always wanted,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “He is one of the best players I have ever had the privilege of coaching and as great a person as he is on the field, he is even better off.
“I can’t wait for him to get into the Royals organization and get going. He will be a great professional and we wish him nothing but the best on his journey to the big leagues.”
The Fort Lauderdale, Florida native who came to Nashville with only two Division I scholarship offers, will go down as one of the best players in Lipscomb’s history after rewriting the record books in only three years.
Gigliotti’s stellar career includes a .308 average with 193 hits, 31 doubles, 11 home runs and 69 RBI. He owns multiple school records, including runs scored (166), walks (107) and triples (9). He also stole 63 career bases for the Bisons, just two shy of the school record.
Another weapon in his arsenal is the ability to lay down a bunt. Gigliotti successfully recorded 53 bunt singles in his career, while leading the nation in 2015 with 22 and in 2016 with 17.
The speedy center fielder was named the ASUN Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, while also garnering second team All-ASUN status from the league’s coaches for the third consecutive season.
He paced the conference as a junior with 60 runs and 31 stolen bases and finished second with 51 walks. He also batted .282 (57-for-202) with 14 doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI and a .447 on-base percentage.
Gigliotti quickly started making a name for himself in 2015 when he was named a Louisville Slugger and NCBWA Freshman All-American while helping lead the Bisons to a school record 39 wins, an ASUN Championship and a berth in an NCAA Regional.
As a freshman the lefty started 58 games in center where he batted .336 (78-for-232) with 51 runs, five doubles, five homers, 28 RBI, 25 walks and 17 stolen bases.
Gigliotti followed with a sophomore campaign in 2016 that saw him bat .302 (58-for-192) with 55 runs, 12 doubles, three homers, 24 RBI, 31 walks and 15 stolen bases.
“Michael has had a phenomenal career at Lipscomb,” Forehand said. “Without question he will go down as one of the best, if not the best, player to have ever come through this program. We will sure miss him and everything he was able to do on the field.”
Gigliotti becomes the 27th Bison in history be drafted to the Major Leagues and the first since shortstop Grant Massey was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 26th round in 2015. This also marks the 10th time in the last 12 years a Bison has been selected.
Rex Brothers, taken 34th overall in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft, is the only Bison to have ever been drafted higher than Gigliotti.
The Kansas City Royals have played in two of the last three Word Series’, bringing home the organization’s second Championship in 2015.