With the 16th pick of the 19th round in the 2012 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft, the Washington Nationals selected Concordia University, St. Paul senior Bryan Lippincott. The Des Moines, Iowa-native becomes the second Concordia player taken in the last four years in the MLB Draft, joining his former teammate, Jake Schmidt (2009, 41st Round, Chicago Cubs).
Lippincott was announced by the Nationals as a first baseman, despite playing every game of his four year career on the left side of the infield, starting his first two years at shortstop and the last two years at third base. The position announcement is not a surprise, however, as Concordia baseball coach Mark "Lunch" McKenzie had indicated prior to the 2012 season that Lippincott would profile well in either corner infield spot, as well as a corner outfield.
He finished his career as Concordia's all-time leader in hitting with a .428 career average in 161 games played as a four year starter. He also set career marks in runs (170), doubles (63) and triples (12) while finishing second in hits (254), RBI (165), total bases (425) while finsihing in the top-5 in stolen bases (41), slugging percentage (.715), on-base percentage (.497), home runs (28) and walks (69).
As a senior, Lippincott earned All-America accolades from all three major outlets (coaches, SID's, media) and is expected to win the Division II batting title with a .494 season mark when the NCAA announces final statistics. He also ranks second in on-base percentage (.594) and third in slugging (.864).
The left handed hitter has displayed strong contact rates as a collegiate hitter, drawing more walks than strikeouts in three of his four years. Lippincott hits for power and average to all fields and his background as a starting shortstop gives him an edge in athleticism as a future first baseman.
His career has featured a 28-game hitting streak as a junior, a 6-game home run streak as a sophomore and hitting for the cycle and his first career grand slam as a senior (both games were victories).
The All-American graduated from Concordia with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American of the Year for the sport of baseball.