Jayvien Sandridge ’18 was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles June 6 in the 32nd round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Sandridge was a varsity baseball letterwinner all three years at Mercersburg, and helped the Blue Storm to three Mid-Atlantic Prep League titles (the team has won or shared the league crown in each of the past eight seasons).
Sandridge, a 6-foot-5-inch, 220-pound left-handed pitcher from Hagerstown, Md., went 7-0 with an 0.97 earned-run average on the mound for the Storm this year, striking out 70 hitters and allowing just six earned runs in 43.1 innings of work. He signed a national letter of intent with the University of Central Florida in April, but signed with the Orioles and played this summer with the team's Gulf Coast League rookie-level team, the GCL Orioles, who are based in Sarasota, Fla.
Sandridge compiled a 3-0 record with a 2.00 earned-run average in 15 appearances in his first professional season.
He was the first Mercersburg baseball player to be drafted since Christian Binford ’11 was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the 30th round of the 2011 MLB Draft. (Binford, ironically enough, is also in the Orioles’ farm system; he pitches for the Class AA Bowie Baysox.) Fellow Mercersburg alumnus and former MLB draftee Josh Edgin ’06, who has 177 career major-league appearances as a relief pitcher, is playing for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs, who are the top minor-league affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
We offer 170 courses, including AP and Honors, more than $7 million in financial aid, 26 varsity sports, and a state-of-the-art performing and visual arts center. Located 90 minutes from Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and within easy driving distance of New York City, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh. 100 Academy Drive, Mercersburg, PA 17236 GPS Address: 10951 Buchanan Trail West, Mercersburg, PA 17236 717-328-6173