Orioles' Steve Bumbry Hopes To Follow In Father's Footsteps
BALTIMORE—Steve Bumbry accompanied high Class A Frederick teammate Manny Machado to Camden Yards and watched batting practice before a September game. He looked right at home in a major league environment, and with good reason.
As a kid, Bumbry spent a lot of time with his father, former Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry, at old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
"I'm a little more comfortable being around it because I grew up around my dad," he said. "I know the atmosphere and I'm kind of used to it, but you never take for granted any day you can come out on the field, whether it's in Frederick or here at Camden Yards. Just to talk to the guys and be around the game is awesome."
Machado received most of the attention this year as the third overall pick in the 2010 draft. Bumbry, 23, was selected in the 12th round in 2009 out of Virginia Tech.
Both players contributed to Frederick's Carolina League championship. Bumbry, often batting leadoff and playing center field like his father, hit .245/.364/.419 with 26 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 37 RBIs in 372 at-bats with the Keys.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Bumbry needs to cut down on his strikeouts, as his father has pointed out. He fanned 124 times with the Keys. He also needs to heal after having surgery to remove a broken hamate bone. He was expected to be fully recovered by Nov. 1.
Al Bumbry, the 1973 American League rookie of the year who played on the Orioles' 1983 World Series championship team, is always around to offer tips when needed.
"All the time. We talk every day," the younger Bumbry said. "If he's at the game or not, he'll check up online and see what happened. We'll go over at-bats and talk about how they pitched me, how they might try to get me out tomorrow. He's an invaluable asset, especially as long as he played the game. I'm very fortunate to have him.
"Manny's my roommate, so whenever my Dad's around, we'll go out to dinner and we'll talk. It funnels down."
• The Orioles chose Frederick infielder Jonathan Schoop as their minor league player of the year and Double-A Bowie righthander Tim Bascom as their pitcher of the year. Schoop batted .290/.349/.432 with 13 homers in 511 combined at-bats at low Class A Delmarva and Frederick. Bascom went 9-4, 3.11 with 110 strikeouts in 130 innings at Bowie.
• Bowie first baseman Joe Mahoney, dogged by injuries most of the summer, missed the beginning of the Arizona Fall League season because of a strained oblique. Mahoney dealt with hamstring and quadriceps injuries with the Baysox. His latest ailment surfaced while taking batting practice for the Mesa Solar Sox.