Soft-spoken and unassuming Baysox shortstop Brandon Fahey can go unnoticed in the Bowie clubhouse.
"I sit right here, and I have to make him talk to me," first baseman Walter Young, who occupies a locker directly next to Fahey's, said with a laugh. "He's a good guy. He's somebody who's quiet, a nice person and somebody you'd like to have on your team."
Fahey's play in the infield mirrors his personality -- inconspicuous in a good way. With a strong throwing arm, a dependable glove and a knack for putting himself in the right place at the right time, Fahey rarely commits attention-grabbing errors. Since moving up to Class AA Bowie from Class A Frederick in late June, he has just four.
"He's a good, solid defensive middle infielder," said Baysox Manager Dave Trembley. "He makes the routine play on a consistent basis over and over."
Unfortunately for Fahey, since he was promoted to Bowie, his bat has been somewhat quiet as well. Heading into last night's game against Harrisburg, Fahey was hitting .220.
But there are reasons to believe Fahey will figure out the pitching at this level.
He has the pedigree -- his father, Bill, played 11 seasons in the majors, including one with the Washington Senators in 1971, and Brandon Fahey played on a national championship team at Texas. "He's a baseball guy," Trembley said of the 23-year-old.
Second, he is expected to add size and muscle to his 6-foot-2, 183-pound frame in the offseason. And third, it took him a season to get used to the pitching at Frederick.
Last year, his first full professional season, Brandon Fahey hit .233 with the Keys, striking out 56 times with 22 walks. In 62 games with Frederick this year, Fahey batted .271 with 19 RBI, just 20 strikeouts and 22 walks.
"I knew a lot of the pitchers and how they pitched," Fahey said. "Hopefully, it will be the same if I come back here next year. But the season's not over yet. Hopefully, I can pick it up a little and finish up strong."