You are the rare minor leaguer that gets to sleep in his own bed most nights, being that you are from Crofton. What is that like?

It’s unreal, actually. I mean, I make kind of a long drive to do it. But it’s worth it.

In high school, you played against Ryan Ripken. Is is strange being teammates with him on the professional level, and do you guys talk about that at all?

He talks about it a lot. He talks about it every day. It’s kind of cool playing with him now because I have known him my whole life playing against him.

Your dad is a major league scout for the Kansas City Royals. What sort of advice does he give you about playing the game?

Just to play the same way every day once you get in between those lines and to go about the game the right way.

You are hitting the ball really well. Just had a 10-game hitting streak. What has been the key to your success at the plate recently?

Kind of just got into a routine, I’d say. I have been working with [hitting coach] Bobby [Rose] a lot. He has been awesome. So, I have just been just kind of sticking with what I have been doing, day in and day out.

You got a little taste of Double-A ball to start the season with the Bowie Baysox. What did you take away from that experience?

It was good. I was there last year for a while. It’s not much different. The guys are a little older. They are better. They are smarter. I don’t think, talent wise, it’s any different than where we are at right now.

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