The Cleveland Indians selected Charleston Southern centerfielder Bobby Ison in the 21st round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Ison was taken 638th overall and was the second Buc taken in the draft, following teammate Alex Tomasovich, who went in the 20th round to the Chicago Cubs.
Ison, a junior who could return to CSU for his senior season, is a two time All-Big South selection as an outfielder and holds CSU’s single-season record for hits. He led the Big South in hits in each of the last two seasons, piling up 91 hits this season to set a new CSU mark. His 84 hits as a sophomore was the previous school record.
The Goose Creek, S.C. product has been electric in centerfield and one of the toughest outs in the country in his three seasons at CSU. He struck out only six times as a senior in 249 plate appearances, which led the nation. He has only 32 strikeouts in his career in over 700 plate appearances.
Ison is No. 3 on CSU’s career hits list with 247 hits through his junior season, and is on pace to become CSU and the Big South’s all-time leader in hits. He led the Bucs to 30 wins this season, the most in 14 years. CSU won 12-of-13 games in April, including a win at then-No. 6 South Carolina, 4-1, in which he was 3-for-5 and scored the Bucs’ first two runs.
The Chicago Cubs selected Charleston Southern third baseman Alex Tomasovich in the 20th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft on Saturday afternoon.
Tomasovich was taken 589th overall and was the first Buc taken in the draft. The senior leaves CSU as one of the top players in program history.
This season, Tomasovich had the nation’s longest hitting streak at 25 games, which began in early February and lasted to the midway point of the conference season. He leaves as the career record-holder in doubles with 53 and is second on the Bucs’ career hits list with 253. He finished his CSU career with 151 consecutive starts, starting every game since early in his sophomore season.
Tomasovich was named the Big South Player of the Week three times this season and was voted First Team All-Big South as an infielder. He was in the top five in the Big South in average (.357), hits (82), runs (50), RBI (44), and doubles (21), which led the conference.
The Tega Cay, S.C. product led the Bucs to 30 wins this season, their most in 14 years. CSU won eight-straight games in April, including a win at then-No. 6 South Carolina, 4-1, in which Tomasovich was 2-for-3 with two RBI and scoring once.
Tomasovich graduated from CSU with honors in December and is already enrolled in CSU’s M.B.A. Program. He was twice named to the Big South All-Academic Team and was awarded the Hunter Cup last month at graduation, which is presented to Charleston Southern’s top graduating student-athlete.