Baseball's Daniel Jipping selected by Colorado Rockies in MLB Draft

First baseman Daniel Jipping swings for a single in the game against Missouri State, Mar. 24 at Theunissen Stadium. Josh Barnhart | Staff Photographer

After a breakout season for the Central Michigan baseball team, junior left fielder Daniel Jipping was selected with the No. 656 pick of the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. 

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Canton native was critical in the cleanup spot for the Chippewas, who won the Mid-American Conference West Division (31-28, 16-8) and fell to Eastern Michigan in the semifinals of the MAC Tournament. 

This season, Jipping led CMU in batting average (.309), RBIs (61), doubles (17), home runs (11), walks (41) and slugging percentage (.560). He appeared in 167 career games for the Chippewas. 

In addition to being named First Team All-MAC, Jipping also became the 12th player in program history named to the Second Team Academic All-America. 

He joins former teammates Nick Deeg (San Fransisco Giants), Sean Renzi (Chicago White Sox) and Zach McKinstry (Los Angeles Dodgers), who were all drafted last year. 

Along with the departure of Jipping, the Chippewas lost shortstop Alex Borglin, catcher Robert Greenman and pitchers Brady Williams and Jordan Grosjean to graduation.