SAN DIEGO – Lee Solomon was selected No. 741 overall in the 25th round by the San Diego Padres Wednesday afternoon in the 2018 Major League Baseball Draft.
He becomes the 30th Bison in program history to have his named called.
The second baseman turned in an impressive senior campaign despite missing a month of the season due to a hand injury. In 37 starts he batted .286 with eight home runs, nine doubles, 25 RBI, 21 walks and a team high 39 runs and 15 stolen bases. For his efforts, Solomon earned second team All-ASUN Conference honors for the second time in his career.
In the classroom, he carried a 3.61 GPA and earned a degree in Law, Justice and Society. The former ASUN Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year landed a spot on the All-Academic team in each of the last three seasons.
The Columbus, Ohio native caught fire down the stretch in 2018 registering multiple hits in four of his final eight contests. He only had five such outings in his previous 32 games. Also during that stretch, he hammered five home runs, including a pair of long balls against Jacksonville in the Bisons opening game of the ASUN Championship on May 23.
He finished his Purple and Gold career ranked inside the top 10 of multiple categories in the NCAA era, including stolen bases where his 64 swipes was just one behind Tyler Wilson for the most all-time. He was fourth in walks (88) and runs (135), fifth in on-base percentage (.414) and doubles (37), sixth in triples (6), seventh in RBI (102) and eighth in total bases (262).