Wayne Dedrick has decided to pursue a professional baseball career. Dedrick, the 30th round selection of the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, signed a contract with the club Thursday morning.
Dedrick had previously signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at Lipscomb University.
He will report to the Brewers Instructional League at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Ariz.
A native of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Dedrick led Hillcrest High School to a basketball championship in Class 6A.
Also a polished third baseman and outfielder, Dedrick batted .402 with 22 RBI’s in his senior year at Hillcrest.
Even with those numbers, his selection by the Milwaukee Brewers in the June baseball draft was a little unexpected.
Dedrick was enrolled in summer school at Lipscomb at the time and withdrew shortly thereafter to focus on negotiations with the plan to return to Lipscomb in the fall if a professional deal wasn’t signed.
His departure leaves Lipscomb with one scholarship available for the 2008-09 season.
Lipscomb’s freshman class for the 2008-09 season includes guards Jordan Burgason and Jacob Arnett and forwards Matt Shaw and Rob Murphy. The Bisons also added transfer center Justin Glenn from Centenary college.
No terms of Dedrick’s contract were released per Milwaukee Brewers club policies.