Because of his outstanding performance this season, holding a 1.88 ERA in forty-eight innings while striking out forty-six and walking only fourteen, Bateman was selected to represent the Hagerstown Suns in the 45th annual South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
While attending MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts), Bateman received a Player of the Week in April 22, and made the first team in All-MASCAC honors. Bateman was also the team MVP, and was sent to the College All-Star Game.
Bateman describes himself as a "whiffleball" pitcher, throwing with a sidearm or three-fourth's delivery. His dominant pitches are sliders and curveballs, but he also wouldn't hesitate in throwing a four-seamer once in a while.
At Salem-Kaizer, Bateman says he's learned a lot from Trevor Wilson. Bateman also believes that he'd make the ideal set-up man because he loves the pressure.
Bateman is more of a finesse pitcher, and wouldn't blow the radar gun with speed. He does, however, have a fastball that he tucks away and uses on occassion. Bateman relies more on location and movement.
Bateman has been recently called up to join the Norwich Navigators in Double-A baseball. He's determined and has the mindset of a big league reliever. It's only a matter of time and practice before this young talent will make it big.
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