Brandon Fahey: Back in the Majors

In 2006, the Orioles made the curious decision to put one of their best infield defenders in left field. With Miguel Tejada now on the DL, Fahey is getting another shot at his natural position.

Long known as a defensive specialist, Brandon Fahey was drafted in the 12th round of the 2002 amateur draft out of the University of Texas. He spent four years in the minor league system before he emerged as a potential major leaguer with a solid season in double-A Bowie in 2005. Last season, Fahey was called up by the Orioles from Triple-A Ottawa after second baseman Brian Roberts went down with a nagging groin injury.

"It was an unbelievable experience. It was something I have dreamed of my whole life and it finally happened, so it was a good feeling."

While with the Orioles, Fahey proved to be a versatile defender. With a lack of viable alternatives in the organization, Fahey was quickly called upon to step up and play the outfield, something that was new to him.

"I enjoyed it. My whole professional career, I have played shortstop and they threw me into left field, but I didn't mind. I just wanted to help the ball club."

In 91 games, Fahey batted .235 with 2 home runs, 23 RBI with an on base percentage of .307.

Baseball has been in the Fahey family bloodline long before Brandon ever stepped onto a diamond. His father, Bill Fahey, was a number one pick of the Washington Senators. Bill Fahey played twelve seasons in the majors with Washington, San Diego, Detroit and Texas, where Brandon often joined his father at the ballparks taking batting practice.

Fahey was a member of the University of Texas 2002 National Championship team that finished with a record of 57-15. Since signing with the Orioles, Fahey's defensive services have always seemed to land him in the starting lineup.

With the Orioles Triple-A affiliate moving to Norfolk, Virginia, Fahey has had to adapt to the change in both climate and venues from his time spent in Ottawa.

"The facility is really nice and I like the weather here. The gas prices are also better."

This year with the Norfolk Tides, Fahey has played both the infield and outfield. His glove has been steady so far but his season has been plagued by struggles at the plate. In 76 games, Fahey is hitting only .227 with an on OBP of just .296. Fahey has shown great discipline at the plate, with the third highest base on ball total on the team. He has also been a menace on the base paths; he trails only Eider Torres for the team lead in stolen bases with eleven.

Fahey knows that he must continue to develop as a ballplayer, particularly at the plate, if he wants to receive a call from the Orioles again.

"I just try and go up there and try to consistently produce hits. Some days, you just don't have it hitting so you have to make up for it with defense or base running. I just focus on going out there and trying to help the team win. At the end of every day, I know that I played my hardest and gave my all."

With Miguel Tejada on the disabled list for the first time, Brandon Fahey has now been given another crack at the major leagues. Although his offensive numbers are less than impressive, they have improved over the course of the season and he is playing in a harsh hitting environment. And, of course, Fahey is probably the most skilled infielder in the organization.

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