Chicago Cubs Draft Son of Charleston Church Massacre Shooting Victim

Chris Singleton on The Diamond

Chris Singleton was drafted last week in the 19th round of the Major League Baseball draft by defending World Series champions, the Chicago Cubs. The 6’1”, 178 pound, versatile outfielder still has room for his body to develop, and could evolve into a 4th outfielder at the big league level if a number of things fall his way—and his bat plays up.

This past year, Singleton hit .278 for Charleston Southern and his 18 steals showed off his impressive speed. The following is an exert from a press release by the program following Singleton being selected:

Singleton becomes the first CSU player taken in the MLB Draft since 2015, when left-handed pitcher Andrew Tomasovich was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 21st round.

Singleton started all 51 games in 2017 for head coach Adam Ward and was a fixture in the middle of the CSU lineup. He finished among Big South Conference leaders with 18 stolen bases and helped pace CSU’s offense with 38 runs scored, ten doubles and four home runs. He showcased his defense in center field as well, ranking among national leaders with 10 outfield assists. 

Chris celebrated the moment with the following post on Instagram:

I got down on my knees this morning…. God was listening. You already know who this is for….. #CantLetMomsDown #RIPDad 😤⚾️

A post shared by Chris Singleton (@csingleton_2) on

Chris has yet to officially sign, but statements made after his selection seem to allude that he will forgo his senior season at Charleston Southern to enter the Cubs’ system.

Chris Singleton off the field

Saturday marked the two-year anniversary when Singleton’s mother, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was one of nine people murdered inside of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The other victims were; Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Hurd, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Susie Jackson, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Rev. Daniel Simmons, and Myra Thompson. Since the tragic massacre, Chris Singleton has been outspoken about the shooting, promoting messages of love and triumph. Chris has become well known for his positive attitude and his willingness to spread positive messages after the incident which took his mother away.  On his Instagram, his bio reads, ” There’s BEAUTY in the STRUGGLE • Can’t let moms down.”

When Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, Jason McLeod was asked about the drafting of Singleton he gave glowing remarks, “We certainly understand and have deep sympathy for his backstory, but what I want to make sure doesn’t get lost is that this guy’s a really good baseball player.”

McLeod would continue, “We had him evaluated really as a top-10-round-caliber talent. He’s a very mature young man. His faith and religion are priorities in his life. We’re really looking forward to getting (Chris) into the organization.”

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Walter Yeates is a journalist who has covered Anonymous and was embedded with Veterans Stand For when they traveled to Standing Rock. He is also an advocate for the modern day gentleman. His work has been featured on Huffington Post, Elite Daily, GirlTalkHQ, and may other sites.