By Kris Norton
Huntingburg, IN – Former Dubois County Bomber, and current Belmont Bruin, Guy Lipscomb will turn pro as a member of the Cleveland Guardians after hearing his name called in the fifth round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week.
Though Lipscomb says that he and his advisor were expecting the official call at some point during the second day of the MLB Draft - they did not know when, or from whom, it would come.
"There were a few teams that I felt most confident in, and actually, another team called me right before and we were expecting them," Lipcomb said. "But, then the Guardians call right after... My advisor told me this was the better option."
"We were not expecting the call that early - but, I guess that's a good problem to have," Lipscomb joked.
Leaving Belmont, Lipscomb says, was a difficult decision.
"But, my head coach [Dave Jarvis], he was at our little draft party thing," Lipscomb said. "He told me right as it happened, he said, 'Hey, this is an offer you can't pass up'. So, he made it easy for me."
For Cleveland Guardian fans, Lipscomb says they're getting a guy who is not afraid to put in the work.
"The Guardians, they're getting a player that'll work harder than anyone," Lipscomb said. "Just going to be a player with a hard work ethic and somebody who wants to win."
In Lipscomb's lone campaign with the Bombers in 2021, the Nashville native batted .344 at the plate and amassed 16 RBI, 38 stolen bases, five doubles, a triple, and a home run.
Guy Lipscomb taking an at-bat in his lone season with the Bombers (Photo courtesy of the DC Bombers.)
Lipscomb credits his experience in Huntingburg with the Dubois County Bombers as a key factor in his development.
"It was so big for my development," Lipscomb said. "Just getting those, whatever, 150 A-B's, and gaining confidence on the base paths was just huge."
If things had turned out differently for Guy professionally, he says he would've been happen to return to Dubois County.
"I loved it, I was telling some of my friends here in Nashville, if I could go back there I would every summer," Lipscomb said. "It was just a blessing. I had an amazing roommate, Victor Alvarez, and the best host family, Mike and Mary [Uebelhor]."
"I would go back every summer if I could," Guy added.
The #151 pick's hot streak continued into 2022, batting .406 and stealing 42 bases for the Belmont Bruins
The sophomore centerfielder, and Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, was the first NCAA Division 1 player to break the .400 batting average plus 40-stolen base threshold since 2011, according to the OVC.