CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Newberry College alumnus Casio Grider will start his sixth season of professional baseball with the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League, as the club announced its Opening Day roster this week.
Grider has spent the majority of the last two seasons with the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and has been in the Los Angeles Dodgers' farm system for his entire professional career. He did make a short, three-game appearance in Chattanooga last season, but hit .258 with a homer, seven triples, 11 doubles and 48 runs scored with 28 RBIs and 29 steals in Rancho Cucamonga.
Grider was a 14th round selection in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Dodgers. A native of Hephzibah, Ga., Grider transferred to Newberry from Darton College and played two seasons for the scarlet and gray. In his junior season, Grider hit .297 with 21 RBIs and 18 runs scored. He had a .913 fielding percentage and stole nine bases in 11 attempts. As a senior, Grider hit .287 with 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored. He had a .935 fielding percentage and stole 14 bases in 18 attempts.
He was a 2008 All-South Atlantic Conference Tournament Team member and was named a 2009 Southeast Region Player to Watch by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.