Three days before the two-year anniversary of his mother’s senseless murder, Chris Singleton was drafted by the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs selected Singleton on Day 3 of the MLB draft on June 14 with the final pick of the 19th round. Singleton’s mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, 45, was one of nine killed by Dylan Roof in a mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, S.C., on the evening of June 17, 2015 during bible study.
Singleton, an outfielder, finished his junior season at Charleston Southern. According to ESPN, Singleton started all 51 games for the team, finishing the season with 18 steals, 38 runs scored, 10 doubles and four home runs. He was among the nation’s leaders with 10 outfield assists.
Singleton batted .332 with four home runs and 34 runs batted in as a sophomore in 2016. He hit .276 with four homers and 21 RBIs this season.
Singleton told the Post and Courier of Charleston he knew his mom was very happy today.
“It’s not really a sad thought at all,” he said. “It’s more of a happy thought. I always say, I don’t want to let my mom down, and today I think I’m definitely not doing that.”
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