MIAMI - For the second consecutive day, the Lipscomb Bisons are on the board in the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft as the Miami Marlins selected junior right-hander Brady Puckett on Wednesday in the 15th round with the 449th overall pick.
“The Marlins just got themselves a good one, not only as a pitcher, but also as a person,” Lipscomb skipper Jeff Forehand said. “He is going to be a great pro and our entire program looks forward to seeing him play in the big leagues.”
Puckett’s selection marks the first time in program history that the Bisons have had two players taken in the first 15 rounds of the MLB Draft after Michael Gigliotti was scooped up Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round at 120th overall.
A two-time All-ASUN Conference selection, Puckett becomes the 10th player under Forehand and the 28th Bison in history to have their name called.
The Murfreesboro, Tennessee native is coming off his junior year in Nashville where he posted an 8-6 mark with 15 starts on the rubber. He went over the century mark for the second consecutive season, tossing 101 innings with a 4.10 ERA and 70 strikeouts.
By the time the 6-foot-9 hurler closed the 2017 season, he found himself owning multiple Lipscomb Division I records. He is tops in career wins (24), complete games (8) and innings pitched (288.0), while his 216 career strikeouts are fifth most.
He also tied current Boston Red Sox southpaw Chris Sale for the most career ASUN Pitcher of the Week awards with six.
Puckett’s best year as a Bison came as a sophomore in 2016 when he was unanimously voted the ASUN’s Pitcher of the Year and named a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American. He dominated his opponents as the anchor of the rotation and tossed his way to a 9-2 record and a 2.93 ERA. In his 15 starts, Lipscomb was 13-2 and the righty did not lose a decision over his last eight starts.
Not only did he lead the league in wins, he was also tops in strikeouts (101), innings (107.2) and four weekly honors.
In his freshman campaign, Puckett worked his way from a relief role to a weekend starter. His biggest win of the season came against the defending national champion Vanderbilt, 3-1, when he threw 7.1 innings while only allowing one run on five hits and punching out six Commodores.
He went on to appear in 15 games with 11 starts, where he compiled a 7-3 ledger with a 4.54 ERA. He struck out 45 batters in 79.1 innings.
Before signing with Lipscomb, Puckett was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 33rd round of the 2014 MLB Draft, becoming just the third Riverdale High School player ever drafted at that time.