Brandon Snyder can say he was a Major Leaguer from here on.
Five years and some change since signing a million-dollar deal with the Orioles right out of Westfield High School, the onetime Can’t Miss Kid from Centreville got his first hit with the big club last night at Camden Yards. It was Snyder’s second start at first base after a week and a half of sitting the bench since being called up from the Triple A affiliate in Norfolk.
First time I saw Snyder play, he was a 12 year old with the Rockies of the Southwestern Youth Association’s Major League division. He hit .796 for the season.
After last night, Snyder is now hitting .167 (1-for-6) in the grownups’ Major League.
My friend Don Hartline was at the game in Baltimore and reports that Snyder’s big hit was actually “a dribbler to third that he ran out.” Looks like a line drive in the box score.
And, really: So what? He’s a Major Leaguer.