Chris Singleton of CSU drafted by Chicago Cubs
Three days from the anniversary of the shooting death of his mother and eight other church members at Emanuel AME in Charleston, Chris Singleton got some big news.
Sports analysts will tell you that it wasn't pity or a gift pick for the Charleston Southern outfielder. Singleton earned the news of Wednesday with his performance on the field for the Bucs.
Singleton was selected in the 19th round of the MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. He informed ABC News 4 he intends to sign.
The Goose Creek native becomes the first CSU player selected in the MLB Draft since pitcher Andrew Tomasovich was taken in the 21st round in 2015.
Singleton finished the 2017 season with 18 stolen bases, 38 runs scored, 10 doubles and four homers. He showcased his tool set in the outfield with the junior sitting among the nation's leaders with 10 outfield assists in 2017. As a junior this past season, we was among the best outfielders in the country with 10 outfield assists.
While his mother's death played no role in his selection by the Cubs, there's no doubt it provided motivation. In November 2016 he posted a video on Twitter, rapping about the importance of not letting down his mother.
Last June Singleton was a recipient of the Charleston RiverDogs' Humanitarian Award -- created to recognize outstanding individuals who dedicate their time to fighting indifference, intolerance and social injustice and whose approaches and accomplishments are consistent with the club's goals and mission to better our community.
The new baseball complex at Charleston Southern University is named after Chris Singleton and his mother Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. At an emotional groundbreaking for the Singleton Baseball Complex in October, Chris thanked his teammates for checking on him and just being there to play baseball.
"It gets me away from my worldly troubles, like we all have. It just gets me away," he said.
At that groundbreaking, team members and coaches reflected upon what Chris said when he stepped onto the baseball field after his mother's death -- "“Love is stronger than hate.”
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