Lipscomb’s Chris Nunn cut short his college career in order to play professional baseball. Christian Miller skipped his completely for the same reason.
The left-handed pitchers each signed contracts with the San Diego Padres a week after that team selected them in Major League Baseball’s draft. Nunn was taken in the 24th following his junior season with the Bisons. Miller, an incoming freshman from Loganville (Ga.) High School, went in the 19th round.
Another left-hander from the Bisons’ 2012 staff, Gil Rehwinkel signed with the Gateway Grizzlies, an independent team in the Frontier League. Rehwinkel had completed his college eligibility.
“We are all proud of and happy for [Nunn],” Lipscomb head coach Jeff Forehand said in a statement from the athletics department. “After thinking about his options he decided to sign with the Padres.
“He has all the tools to be a big league pitcher and we wish him all the best as he pursues his dream of playing professional baseball.”
Nunn went 1-3 in 15 appearances (four starts) with a 5.27 ERA. He struck out 40 in 41 innings pitched but also walked 30.
He was the only player on Lipscomb’s 2012 team who was drafted.
Rehwinkel tied for the team lead in wins (six) and held opponents to a .228 batting average in 24 appearances, all in relief.
“We are excited for Gil to have the opportunity to sign professionally to play independent baseball,” said Forehand. “He had a great senior season, worked hard and we’re very proud he has the opportunity to continue his baseball career.”
Miller signed a national letter-of-intent with the Bisons last November, at which time Forehand said his potential if “off the chart.” As it turned out, that potential took him off the roster before he ever officially got on it.