CHARLESTON, S.C. – 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 sophomore 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.