Bistagne figured he would have been selected by one of the 30 major league clubs, but it didn't come to pass. The disappointment turned to jubilation less than a week later.
Bistagne, a former standout at St. Francis High and Glendale Community College, signed a free-agent contract with the Minnesota Twins on Monday.
The Glendale resident boarded a flight Tuesday from Los Angeles to Fort Myers, Fla. to report to the Gulf Coast League Twins rookie-ball team with the organizations' other free-agent signings and draft picks. Fort Myers will begin its season Tuesday.
â€œIt hasn't sunk in yet, but I'm pumped up to get this opportunity,â€ said Bistagne, who recently graduated from Lee University in Tennessee. â€œI like baseball and want to be on the field.
â€œI figured that last week was my last chance to be drafted, and from what I heard, I was on numerous draft boards. So, I thought I had a shot. It's disappointing that I hadn't been drafted because I feel like my goal slipped by. I wasn't going to quit.â€
Bistagne, a former All-Western State Conference pick at Glendale College, who helped Lee (53-14) reach the National Assn. of Intercollegiate Athletics World Series in Lewiston, Idaho in May, found out that he was signed by the Twins on Monday morning after he received a call from Minnesota Scout Jack Powell.
Bistagne, who was asleep when his phone rang, recalled what Powell told him.
â€œHe said, 'I have some bad news for you in that I have to ship you out of California to Florida as soon as possible,'â€ Bistagne said. â€œI was so excited when he said that because an opportunity had come for me to continue playing baseball.
â€œ[Powell] prepped me how to handle not being drafted. He thought he might have a spot on the Florida team on Sunday, and he said he'd get back to me on Monday. I knew when he called that he would either say yes or no. He thinks I can have a long career with Minnesota.â€
Bistagne, a shortstop, batted .364 (84 for 231) with seven home runs and 42 runs batted in this season. He collected 18 doubles, three triples and was hit 16 times by a pitch. Bistagne, 21, walked 38 times, registered a .481 on-base percentage and had a .558 slugging percentage.
Bistagne received All-Southern States Athletic Conference second-team honors for the Flames, who fell to eventual-champion Lubbock Christian and runner-up Point Loma Nazarene in the 10-team World Series.
Glendale College Coach Chris Cicuto said Bistagne was able to overcome the disappointment of not being drafted.
â€œBrian texted me about being disappointed not being drafted, and I told him that he needed to be patient,â€ Cicuto said. â€œThe funky thing about the draft is that certain spots need to be filled by the teams and then you go from there.
â€œHe just wanted to play. He'll go down there and make the best of it. I'm excited for him.â€
Bill Hertz, Bistagne's agent, said becoming a part of Minnesota's organization should allow Bistagne to continue building on his skills.
â€œIt's going to be a great opportunity for Brian,â€ Hertz said by phone from San Diego on Tuesday. â€œThe Twins are an excellent organization, and they have one of the best minor league systems around.
â€œThe Twins take care of their own and they are able to move people up. He's deserving of this opportunity, and it's a great moment for him.â€
Bistagne helped Lee reached the championship game of the NAIA World Series in 2008.