Belmont’s All-American outfielder Guy Lipscomb was selected No. 151 overall by the Cleveland Guardians in the 2022 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday.
Lipscomb – who maintained a phenomenal .406 batting average and tallied 42 stolen bases for the 2022 Bruins – became Belmont’s highest drafted player since Mike Perkins was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the second round of the 1975 MLB Draft.
Receiving the 2022 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year Award, the sophomore from Franklin, Tennessee led the Bruins to their first OVC regular season title and a program-high 39 wins. He was also the first collegiate player to hit over .400 and steal over 40 bases in a single season since 2011.
Lipscomb finished the 2022 season with four home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 42 RBIs, 29 walks and just 18 strikeouts.
The centerfielder was named Third-Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Second-Team All-Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
While he is the 32nd Bruin drafted by an MLB club, Lipscomb is the first player in school history to be picked up by Cleveland.
Now with his sights set on playing professionally, Lipscomb leaves a legacy in the Bruin clubhouse, holding the school record for most stolen bases and highest batting average in a single season.
Lipscomb will have until Aug. 1 to sign a professional contract with the Guardians. Should he decide not to, he will be eligible to return to Belmont for another season.
PHOTO: Guy Lipscomb returning to the dugout at First Horizon Park during a game against Vanderbilt University on March 22. A.J. Wuest/ Belmont Vision
This article was written by A.J. Wuest