Big Train in the MLB (Spring Training Edition)
The Bethesda Big Train has seven former players who are contributing for their respective Major League Baseball team in spring training. These players are working hard to make it on the official big league roster for the regular season. Spring Training provides these athletes with the opportunity to face Major Leaguers, giving management an idea of how the player can perform against the top talent.
Brian Dozier (BT ’06) played last season in the majors for the Minnesota Twins. His season included a trip to the Home Run Derby at the All Star Event. So far this spring, Dozier is 2/3 at the plate including a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Dozier is poised to be the starter at second base for the Twins.
Cody Allen (BT ’08, ’10) is looking to be the full-time closer for the Cleveland Indians. Last season, he had his lowest ERA in his three seasons in the Big Leagues at 2.07 in 76 games. This spring, Allen has pitched one inning, allowing no runs on one hit.
Michael McKenry (BT ’04) has been in and out of the starting lineup since his MLB debut in 2010. Now, he is in his second stint with the Colorado Rockies, where he hit .315 last year as a backup catcher. So far in the spring, McKenry is 3/5 with two RBI.
Matt Bowman (BT ’10-’12) has spent most of his career in the minors. As a pitcher on the Mets spring training roster, Bowman pitched two innings, allowing no runs on two hits in his first outing.
Joe Mantiply (BT ’10) was invited to participate in spring training with the Detroit Tigers. He has already recorded his first save this spring.
Hunter Renfroe (BT ’11-’12) is considered to be one of the most highly touted prospects in not only the San Diego Padres system, but in all of Major League Baseball. This spring, Renfroe has scored two runs in six at-bats.
Matt Long (BT ’06) has been all over the place since entering the minor league system in 2009. As an outfielder for the Brewers this spring, Long is 1/4 with a walk and a stolen base.
It is still early spring, but look for these seven players to continue their hard play as they hope to earn a spot on the final roster as Opening Day approaches.