LINCOLN — The Saltdogs are proud to announce that center fielder Daniel Carroll signed with the Atlanta Braves Saturday. Carroll is the fifth player Lincoln has sold to a Major League Baseball organization since the season began.
Carroll was hitting .303 with seven home runs, 30 RBI and 22 stolen bases (which ranked second in the American Association).
The 24-year old from Moreno Valley, Calif. joins a big league organization for the second time, as he spent the first six years of his career with the Seattle Mariners.
Carroll, a former third round pick out of high school in 2007, was scratched from the Saltdogs lineup thirty minutes prior to game time Friday, after receiving a call from the Braves.
Carroll joins Dennis Raben (Royals), Joe Bisenius (Braves), Eddie McKiernan (D-backs) and Jose Gil (Yankees) as players that started the 2013 season with the Saltdogs before being purchased by MLB clubs.
The five players Lincoln has sold to big league organizations during the season already matches a league record, which was set by the Saltdogs in 2011.
The Saltdogs have now signed 45 players to MLB systems since 2001.
The 'Dogs close out their four-game series with Amarillo Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Haymarket Park. Stephen Douglas will hit lead-off, Matt Forgatch assumes Carroll's vacated center field spot.