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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Big Train College Round Up and Players In MLB and On the way!

BT College Round-Up: 3/13/2015
Brandon Lowe (BT '14) is batting .378 this year for the Terps

We are now a month into the season, and the snow is finally subsiding on the East Coast.  College baseball players all around the country are hitting their groove and showing to the world what type of player they are.  This round up will highlight the important stat lines of Big Train players on their college teams.

Big Train Players in MLB
Cody Allen (BT '08, '10) warming up at Indians' spring training

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 5/8 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 two innings, allowing no runs on two hits.

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 4/9 with a double and 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 spent his minor league career in the Los Angeles Angels' farm system. Over this past winter, he was traded to the Dodgers, and then immediately traded again to the Milwaukee Brewers. 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 continue playing for their Major League teams. 

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