The Cubs generated a feel-good story on Day 3 of the MLB Draft.
Most players selected in the final 30 rounds of the draft won't even sniff the big leagues, but it's safe to say the Cubs' selection of Chris Singleton Wednesday brought a light moment to his life after a couple rough years.
Singleton's mother, Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, was one of the nine people killed in the Charleston shootings on June 15, 2015 at Emanuel African Methodist Church. It was a racially-motivated attack that devastated the nation and left Singleton as the head of his household with two younger siblings.
David Gardner of Sports Illustrated had a powerful feature on Singleton last summer, a year after the tragedy.
Almost exactly two years later, Singleton — an outfielder out of Charleston Southern University — heard his name called in the 19th round with the 585th overall pick by the defending World Series champions.
Singleton — who shares a name with the former White Sox outfielder — just finished his junior season in college, where he hit .276 with a .752 OPS in 51 games, stealing 18 bases in 20 tries and scoring 38 runs. He hit .332 a year ago as a sophomore.
Theo Epstein's front office has placed an emphasis on getting to know the person they're selecting and how they respond to adversity. That's the same formula that helped them recognize Kris Bryant was a can't-miss star and made them fall in love with Kyle Schwarber years before he became the top story in the World Series and an incredibly-unlikely October/November hero.
Singleton surely fits that mold as a player who not only rose above adversity but moved forward and helped effect change.
“I just say, love is always stronger than hate,” Chris a Charleston crowd the day after the shootings. “If we just love the way my mom would, then the hate won’t be nearly as strong as the love is.”
Last month on Mother's Day, Singleton shared a touching message on social media with the hashtag #CantLetMomsDown:
Step one: Get drafted by an MLB team.