It’s not the ultimate baseball destination these days, but being back in Utah County was a pretty good pit stop for Adam Law on Friday night.
The former BYU baseball player, recently promoted within the Los Angeles Dodgers jerseys organization, went 3 for 5 in a 10 5 loss to Orem while representing the Ogden Raptors.
The son of a major leaguer, with a grandfather who threw out the opening pitch this night, Law was recently called up from the virtually anonymous Arizona League.
Law was taken in the 12th round of June’s major league draft, after leading the Cougars in hitting during the spring.
It hasn’t come quite as easily for him at the pro level. In his first three games at rookie level Ogden, Law had two hits in 10 at bats.
But unlike his high school or college days, there’s no taunting about his extensive baseball lineage and the pressure to live up to it.
There are a lot of second generation players in the minors, he points out, so it’s impossible to focus on him.
“That stuff, it doesn’t bother me anymore. In high school and college, it got to me a little bit. But now, this is my job. I’m trying to do my best to make it to the big leagues,” Law said. “So there are other guys going through the same thing, so you don’t hear one thing (of taunting).”
The Dodgers jerseys drafted three players this summer with pro bloodlines, Law being a guy who came from two generations of them. His father, Vance BYU’s former coach until last spring had an 11 year big league career and was an All Star in 1988.
All grandfather Vern did was win a Cy Young Award (best pitcher) in 1960.
Law had a steady fan base above his dugout.
Otherwise, it was Orem’s night. The Owlz scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back. Brandon Bayardi’s two run single was the early highlight as Orem’s first five hitters reached base.
“We swung the bats well,” Orem manager Bill Richardson said. “(Ogden) had to go with a spot starter, and our offense did what we wanted them to do when the other team had to change up its rotation.”
Ogden actually had two more hits (13) with Law finding his groove that brought him a promotion in the first place.
Law, 23, mostly played shortstop or second base during his BYU days. But Los Angeles has an eye on him as a third baseman, which he played along with batting second against the Owlz.
Law is among four Cougars getting their first taste of pro ball.
cheap Jacob Hannemann jersey is the highest touted prospect, getting drafted in the second round and earning a $1 million signing bonus from the Chicago Cubs jerseys. He’s now in Boise, Idaho, at the rookie level.
Adam Miller is with Law in the Pioneer League, playing for Missoula (Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys farm team).
As a junior, Law hit .365 with a .440 on base percentage at BYU.
Hitting with a wooden bat now, he’s making the adjustment. Game No. 4 for Ogden was his best yet.
He had two early hits, a slashed single and a bunt, that raised his Raptors related average to .300.
He had a chance to make a big dent in the scoreboard, coming to the plate in the fourth inning with runners on second and third base.
But his solid grounder was backhanded by Orem second baseman Alex Allbritton, who threw to first to end Ogden’s threat.
Law redeemed himself in the ninth, driving in a runner from third base with a solid single to left field.
“My dad and I always talk about winning the first and the last (plate appearances). So the line drive up the middle always gets you feeling good,” Law said. “Winning the last at bat, I was happy with that, too.”