Greensboro, NC – Former LSUA left fielder Mark Traylor, Jr. has signed a free agent deal to join the Miami Marlins farm system, and is now on the roster of the Single A Greensboro Grasshoppers.
In his lone season with LSUA, Traylor proved to possess the combination of both power and speed, hitting three home runs, second most on the team, a team-high eight triples and stole five bases in seven attempts. His .355 batting average and .525 slugging percentage were both second on the team last season, a season where LSUA won the RRAC regular season title and advanced to the finals of the postseason tournament. His eight triples was second most in a single season in LSUA history.
“I didn’t have the pleasure of coaching Mark, but from my experience around him, he’s a great kid,” said LSUA interim head coach Steven Adams. “He’s a hard worker with some raw tools that pro scouts are looking for. He’s been here to hit and workout and he’s always going at 100%. We are very excited about his opportunity in professional baseball. I believe he’s the first LSUA player to sign with a MLB affiliated team.”
Traylor finished 2016 as a member of the All-RRAC second team and was awarded a conference gold glove. The Grasshoppers open their season on April 6th at home.