Former Intern Joins Baltimore Orioles Player Development Team
By Mike Monaco
WAREHAM, Massachusetts — Another Gateman has received the call up.
Former Wareham intern Bryan Shropshire will join the Baltimore Orioles as a player development intern for the 2016 season. Shropshire, who spent three seasons with the Gatemen as the scout liaison, will work with Baltimore’s Double-A squad, the Bowie Baysox.
“All the people I met at Wareham and through the Cape League, it’s overwhelming to see how the hard work you put in there gets you noticed,” Shropshire said. “To have something you’ve worked toward actually come to fruition is very exciting.”
Shropshire grew up in Duxbury, Massachusetts, and played baseball for four years at Tabor Academy in Marion, Massachusetts, under then-head coach Tom Angelo, who serves on the Gatemen executive committee. Shropshire joined the Gatemen in 2013 as the scout liaison, a newly formed position for each of the Cape League’s 10 teams.
In three years as the scout liaison, Shropshire’s responsibilities increased dramatically. After working mostly to disseminate information to scouts in 2013, Shropshire began to interact more closely with new Wareham pitching coach Jim Lawler in 2014, charting games and taking down notes on his own. In 2015, Shropshire attended home and away games in what he said was “the culmination of everything.” Shropshire charted every pitch for Lawler and, with the help of Gatemen general manager Andy Lang, compiled his own full-length scouting reports.
“Andy Lang helped me tremendously, learned how to scout, learned what to look for,” Shropshire said. “And all the scouts that came through that I got connected with, they helped me tremendously as well by picking up on little things here and there. It’s really a great opportunity to work with premier talent and the best college players in the world.
“We worked with [former first-round picks Kyle] Schwarber and [Sean] Newcomb [in 2013], who were both top prospects. You get to see that talent at the early stages and see what to look for. It translates going forward.”
Shropshire is currently finishing his final semester at Gettysburg College. He’ll travel to Baltimore’s minor-league complex in Sarasota, Florida, in early March for training before he begins with Bowie in early April. Shropshire will input pitch-by-pitch data and work with Bowie’s players and coaches for video work and tracking.
“I wouldn’t be here if I wasn’t at the Cape,” Shropshire said. “I came into the Cape not knowing what I was doing, having no idea what to expect. The scout liaison position was brand-new when I came in, so it was kind of a trial by fire the first year I was there.”
Two-plus years later, Shropshire had offers from teams in the American League East, Central and West divisions.
“When I was doing my interview with the Orioles, they were saying, ‘You’ve already done Short-Season A-level talent by being on the Cape League,’” Shropshire said.