Val Majewski of the Bowie Baysox, the class AA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, has been selected to play in the Eastern League All-Star game tonight at Norwich, Conn., in Dodd Stadium.
Majewski, who starred at Freehold Township High School, is leading the Baysox in batting (.285), hits (80) and runs scored (40), and is second in doubles (19) and RBI (38). He has been the backbone of the Bowie outfield, seeing most of his time in right field.
The all-star selection is a good sign for the ex-Patriot, who is looking to work his way back to the major leagues. He was called up by the Orioles in September 2004 and won the team’s Brooks Robinson Award as the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Year. However, he missed the 2005 season after reinjuring his left shoulder and having surgery. He did play in the Arizona Fall League and spent 2006 with the AAA Ottawa team. This is Majewski’s second trip to the Eastern League All-Star Game, having gone in 2005.
After starring at Freehold Township, Majewski went on to Rutgers University, where he was an All-Big East outfielder who led the Scarlet Knights to the NCAA tournament and Big East championship. He was drafted by the Orioles in 2003.
Jason Bergmann has settled in as a starter for the Washington Nationals. The right-hander from Manalapan High School has a 3.47 earned-run average in his 10 starts for the Nats. His 1-5 record is hardly indicative of the way he has pitched. He went six innings and allowed just one hit in a no decision against the Atlanta Braves, and in back-to-back starts against the Philadelphia Phillies (one earned run in six innings) and New York Mets (one earned run in seven innings) was 0-1 despite giving up just two earned runs in 13 innings. In his one win, Bergmann went eight innings and allowed just one earned run while striking out a career-high 10 in a victory over the Braves.
Last year, Bergmann was called up by the Nationals in 2005 from New Orleans and was 2-0 pitching long relief. In 2006, he started out as a long-relief man before becoming a starter.
Bergmann is a graduate of Manalapan High School, where he was a strikeout force. He went on to Rutgers (where he was a teammate of Majewski) and was a member of the 2000 Scarlet Knight Big East championship team and the 2001 squad that made it to the NCAA Regional finals. He was drafted by the Nationals in 2003.