Nick Pappas leaves College of Charleston baseball program

CofC's Nick Pappas led the Cougars in hitting with a .337 batting average in 2105. Paul Zoeller/Staff

Nick Pappas, one of the College of Charleston’s top returning hitters, has left the program, The Post and Courier has learned.

Pappas, who would have been a junior this season, was considered one of the top power hitters in college baseball and was expected to be a high draft pick in next June’s Major League Baseball draft.

As a sophomore, Pappas led the Cougars in hitting with a .337 batting average. Pappas, a former Dutch Fork High School star, also hit 12 home runs and drove in 57 run for the Cougars.

Pappas led the Cougars in hits (84), doubles (28) slugging percentage (.610) and total bases (152). Pappas was a second team All-CAA pick last season. His biggest hit of the 2015 season came against Auburn when he smacked a two-run home run in the seventh inning in the Cougars 3-2 victory over Auburn in the Tallahassee (Fla.) Regional.

As a freshman, Pappas was a Baseball America first team freshman All-American after hitting .269 with five home runs and 26 RBI.