A Burlington native is heading to the big leagues.
UMass Lowell sophomore outfielder Chris Sharpe, of Burlington, became the 21st player in program history to be drafted after being selected in the 14th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, a notice from UMass Lowell states.
As the 418th overall pick, Sharpe is the highest selected River Hawk since Jack Leathersich was picked in the fifth round of the 2011 draft, the announcement states.
Sharpe, despite missing part of the season because of injury, was named to the NEIBA All-New England Second Team after posting a .333 batting average with 44 hits and 25 RBI. Those at bats included 16 doubles and seven home runs. The sophomore also paced the offense with four triples and 89 total bases to register an on-base percentage of .432 and a slugging percentage of .685.
The center fielder recorded 12 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games, and registered a team-long, 20-game reached base streak, the announcement states. He also picked up four assists, while boasting a fielding percentage of .978.
“Chris Sharpe getting drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates is a tremendous example of what hard work does,” Head Coach Ken Harring said. “The Pirates are not only going to have the opportunity to sign a great player, but more importantly, a great person. We could not be more proud of his development.”
If the name “Sharpe” sounds familiar to Burlington residents, there is a reason. Chris is the brother of Whitney Sharpe, who in 2015 was named Miss Massachusetts USA. You can see an interview BCAT did with her here.
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