He's got the pedigree, now he's just looking to live up to his hometown's famous reputation.
Bowie infielder Ed Rogers, who has spent all or parts of the past four years with the Baysox, hails from San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, the town well-known among baseball fans for producing major league talent.
His father Danelo played baseball, his uncle Martin Rogers played Class AA ball in the Boston organization and his younger brother Omar spent time with him this year in Bowie before season-ending shoulder surgery. Now Rogers, 25, who was signed as an undrafted free agent at age 19, is attempting to further his family's baseball success.
He got a taste of life in the majors two years ago. After a solid 2002 season with the Baysox, Rogers was a September call-up by the Orioles. He only got three at-bats -- and failed to earn his first big league hit -- but the vivid memory serves as constant motivation.
"After the last game of the [Bowie] season, they called me to the office and said 'Ed Rogers, congratulations you're going to go to the Baltimore Orioles," he recalled. "I said 'Wow!' My mind was crazy. . . . I just picked up the phone and called to my mom and dad.
"When I saw the [Orioles'] clubhouse the first time I went over there . . . it was a dream come true."
Rogers, who is hitting .284 this season and leads the team with 19 doubles, is a valuable utility player who can play shortstop, second base and third base, and he demonstrated prowess at a couple of those positions Monday against Trenton.
Trenton had runners on first and third with two outs in the third inning when Rogers charged in from his third base position on a slow roller and saved a run with a strong throw. Later he moved to second base, and in the sixth with runners on the corners and one out, Rogers's powerful relay throw completed a double play to prevent another Trenton run.
"I think I can play in the big leagues," he said. "I've got the [batting] average . . . and I'm going to keep working hard and see what happens, because I want to be there."