Former Trojans enjoying success in first year

Published 6:59 pm Thursday, July 26, 2018

Three Former Trojans are on the rise in their first years in professional baseball.

Matt Sanders, Brandon Lockridge and CJ Carter just played their final game with the Trojans earlier this summer, but they have already enjoyed some success at the next level.

Matt Sanders was taken in the 10th round by the Seattle Mariners in this summer’s Major League Baseball Draft.

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The rookie began play in short season A ball with Everett. The former Trojan played in 10 games where he batted .190, but hit four doubles and drove in five runs. He got the call up for AA Arkansas in the Texas League. In his first start with the Travelers, Sanders went 1-4 with a double in a 10-6 win over Tulsa.

During his time in the minors, Sanders has a .188 batting average.

Lockridge has played in 12 games in the Class A Short League for the Staten Island Yankees.

The former Trojan centerfielder is currently hitting .214 with two doubles, a triple and five runs batted in. Lockridge just recently had a five-game hit streak come to an end. He was 7-18 with a homer, a triple, a double and five RBI over that time frame. As a minor leaguer, Lockridge his hitting .278 with a home run and 7 RBI.

CJ Carter was taken in the 29th round by the Miami Marlins. In his short stint at Class A Short Season with the Batavia Muckdogs, Carter has appeared in eight games and has an ERA. Of 2.03 and he is holding opposing hitters to a .130 batting average.