Local baseball players continue to chase MLB dream

By: Jake Young Email
By: Jake Young Email

Sunday, January 6, 2013

The CSRA has a number of baseball players chasing MLB dreams and with Spring Training around the corner, the hunt is nearly here.

Plenty of Minor League rosters are dotted with names we're familiar with, and don't be surprised to see some of those hit the big time in the not so distant future.

Two in particular...Rich Poythress and Brandon Cumpton. Both won state titles at Greenbrier, and now they're making the rounds on the Minor League circuit.

They have their sights set on Triple A in 2013, and at this point the key is to separate themselves mentally in order to take that final step.

Poythress, an outfielder in the Mariners system said, "Everybody can play. There's not a player on the field that is not capable of playing in the Big Leagues. So, it's finding that way to separate yourself. Whether it's your routine or your mental edge before games and in between games, whatever it is that separates each individual."

Cumpton is a rising pitcher in the Pirates organization. Last year, he spent the entire season in Double A Altoona and added, "I feel like making the Double A squad and actually sticking with it all year, because last year I stayed half in low A and half in high A, I feel like playing the whole year taught me to deal with my ups and downs and stay in one place so I didn't really half that change of scenery and stuff."

Those two were in town last week for Greenbrier's kids baseball camp putting in time with the future players before heading to Spring Training next month.


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