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By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

After slashing just .231/.271/.314 with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI over the first 56 games of his sixth professional season at Double-A Reading, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder prospect Cord Sandberg took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to announce his retirement from baseball.


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Read: Retired Phillies Prospect Sandberg: Pursuit of MLB Career 'Not Worth Rolling the Dice'

The Bradenton, Florida, native was drafted in the third round of the 2013 amateur draft out of Manatee High School. A former high school quarterback, Sandberg forwent a scholarship to play at Mississippi State, despite logging 79 touchdowns and just eight interceptions spanning 627 passing attempts.

MLBPipeline.com ranked Sandberg, 23, as the Phillies' 22nd-best prospect in 2015. It appears Sandberg will look to return to the football field once again, although it is not yet clear through what means he will be able to accomplish such goal.

Sandberg ended his professional baseball career with just two singles over his last 21 plate appearances since June 23.

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