TROY, Alabama – One of the most decorated players in Troy baseball history, Matt Sanders, was selected in the 10th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft Tuesday by the Seattle Mariners.
Sanders – the school’s record-holder in career and single-season runs scored, career at-bats and single-season games played – was chosen as the 298th pick in the draft.
The senior, a native of Madison, Ala., was the nation’s top run-scorer with 90 in 2018 and was selected to the All-Sun Belt Second Team and the conference’s all-tournament team due to his efforts. He finished the year with 99 hits, just shy of becoming the third player in school history to reach the 100-hit threshold.
A four-year starter at shortstop for the Trojans, Sanders, in addition to breaking several records, ranks in the top five in career games played, hits, doubles, triples, total bases and sacrifice flies. He capped off his final stretch in a Trojan uniform on a 17-game hitting streak with 11 multi-hit games over that span. He led Troy with a 3-for-5 performance in its Regional-opening win over Duke.
Sanders joins his teammate, Brandon Lockridge, as the two Trojans selected in this year’s draft, so far. Lockridge became the fifth player in school history to be selected in the top five rounds earlier Tuesday. It’s just the third time that the program has had two players selected in the top 10 rounds of the same draft – 2006 and 1985.
Quotable – Troy head coach Mark Smartt
“Matt had a great career and an incredible senior season. He defends well at shortstop, runs exceptionally well and can really hit. He is the same guy every day. Works hard, plays hard and competes. I believe he will be an outstanding pro player. I am so happy for him and his family.”
By Jace Sanders