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The Southern Maryland Blue Crabs announced Thursday that infielder Michael Snyder has reached an agreement to join the Atlanta Braves organization. Snyder will report to Spring Training with the Double-A affiliate Mississippi Braves.

The powerful 1B/DH first joined the Blue Crabs at the start of the 2016 season. Snyder quickly became a fan favorite, bursting onto the scene by hitting .304 with a team-high 25 homeruns. His homerun total in his debut season was the second-highest single season total in franchise history. Snyder was named the starting first baseman for the Freedom Division in the 2016 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

The Virginia native announced he was resigning with the Blue Crabs for a second season on February 9, 2017. He picked up right where he left off the season before, leading the team with 25 homeruns and 72 RBI’s, earning another starting spot in the 2017 All-Star Game. Snyder played a key role in the Blue Crabs playoff run last season, finishing top 10 in the Atlantic League in homeruns, RBI’s, runs scored, doubles, walks, and slugging percentage.

“His leadership on and off the field played a huge part in our success last season,” said Manager James Frisbie. “Michael is the type of player that gives the organization everything he has day in and day out.”

Prior to joining the Blue Crabs, Snyder spent four seasons in the Los Angeles Angels organization. He was originally drafted in the 23rdround of the 2012 MLB Draft out of Florida Southern College. In his four seasons with the Angels, he appeared in 355 games, reaching as high as AA in 2015.

“Michael has been a fan favorite since he first arrived with us in 2016,” said General Manager Courtney Knichel. “The Blue Crabs faithful have gravitated towards his exuberant personality, as he was always willing to interact with fans, whether signing autographs or taking pictures.”

Snyder is the third player from Southern Maryland signed since the start of the 2017 season. He will join former teammates Danny Muno and Justin De Fratus, both of whom signed with the Seattle Mariners in 2017.

The Blue Crabs open their 2018 season on April 27th at home against the Long Island Ducks.