LINCOLN — One of the most exciting players from a season ago, outfielder Matt Forgatch has re-signed with the Saltdogs for the upcoming season.
Forgatch hit .295 with three home runs, 11 doubles and 20 RBI in 35 games for Lincoln in 2012. He also stroked three triples and stole seven bases.
The 23-year old was acquired by the Saltdogs in a July trade with Gary SouthShore. In 59 total games for three American Association clubs (he began the year in Laredo), the true rookie held his own by hitting .269 with seven home runs, 33 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
Forgatch, a native of San Marino, Calif., played collegiately at Pepperdine University, where he helped lead the Waves to a West Coast Conference Championship in his final season as an amateur. He was also named to the All-Stanford Regional team in the 2012 postseason.
Forgatch has trained with ex-Saltdogs coach and former MLB All-Star Matt Nokes, a 1987 American League Silver Slugger.
The right-handed hitter also provided some versatility in the field as a rookie in 2012, playing all three outfield positions as well as second base.