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Sean's one sentence analysis:
Lippincott's solid all-around game that excelled against a lower level of competition (NCAA Division II) will be tested in the pros, but I believe he'll be able to hit enough to keep moving in the Nationals system.
Other analysis and notes:
Lippincott led all of DII baseball in batting average (.494) and was second in OBP (.594) and third in slugging percentage (.864) this season. The lefty batting infielder dominated both on the field and in the classroom (4.0 college GPA while majoring in finance) and if baseball doesn't work out for him, he's already got a job lined up as a financial advisor. Lippincott's excellent plate discipline leads me to believe he'll fare well against stronger competition than he faced in college.
From Concordia's draft day press release: "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)."
From an interview with D2 Baseball News:
"What do you know about the Nationals organization? BL: I know that it is hands down the best organization in professional baseball. The Nationals are leading the NL East and they are committed to winning at every level within the organization." Love this guy.