TROY, AL (WSFA) - Several players all across the country received calls from Major League Baseball clubs, told that they were being drafted. This was the same for two Troy Trojans Tuesday.
Troy University's Brandon Lockridge became the fifth Trojan baseball player in history to be drafted in the top five rounds, according to the athletics department. The junior center fielder was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fifth round, at pick 157.
Later in the afternoon, Troy's Matt Sanders flew off the board in the 10th round when he was taken by the Seattle Mariners.
At Troy, Lockridge holds school records for single-season (seven) and career (14) triples and stole 25 bases in the 2018 season. He started 166 consecutive games for Troy, the longest streak since 2000, received All-Tournament team honors and was a 2017 All-Sun Belt First Team selection at second base.
Lockridge was also sure-handed with his glove, recording 164 putouts and three outfield assists with just one error all season - a .994 fielding percentage.
"Brandon has worked extremely hard since he arrived on campus three years ago and today his work was rewarded by the Yankees," Smartt said. "I am so happy for him and his family."
Sanders led the nation in runs scored this season and was a regular in Troy's lineup throughout his four years. In his senior campaign, Sanders was also top 30 in batting average (.379) and top five in hits (94). He also started all 63 games this past season.
Lockridge joined Mike Felix, Jorge Soto, Nate Moore and David Bond as the school's only players to be taken in the top five rounds.