Val Majewski has been through his share of highs and lows since being drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 2002 draft. Once regarded as a top prospect in the organization, Majewski suffered a devastating shoulder injury during a September trial with the Orioles in 2004. He returned to action in the International League in 2006, but struggled to a .725 OPS.
Starting back in the Eastern League this season, the 26 year old had raised his average to .295, with 42 RBI. He also returned to the Eastern League All-Star game for the second time.
"It was an honor to be selected to the Double-A All-Star game," Majewski told Inside The Warehouse. "It doesn't matter where you are or what level you're playing on, playing in that game against guys who are eventually going to play in the big leagues is an honor."
Majewski began his career with the Orioles organization in 2002 with Aberdeen and quickly impressed his coaches and peers. In thirty-one games, the outfielder showed plenty of pop in his bat while hitting .300 with 11 extra-base hits and 15 RBI.
Majewski's 2003 campaign was similarly inspring. He began the season with Delmarva, hitting .303 in fifty-six games with 15 doubles, 7 long balls and 48 RBI. After being selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, he was eventually called on by the Frederick Keys to provide some offensive punch to their lineup.
By 2004, the organization challenged Majewski with a promotion to double-A Bowie. In 112 games with the Baysox, the lefty hit .307 while belting 15 homeruns and 24 doubles. His impressive season resulted in his September cup-of-coffee, but he suffered his torn labrum just two and a half weeks into his first major league stay. Now almost three years since the devastating injury, Majewski's bat is finally coming alive.
"Compared to last year, it feels a lot better. There are still good days and bad days but, for the most part, I feel really healthy. The arm strength is back and I'm just trying to put it behind me and focus on everything except my shoulder."
"Last year, my shoulder was affecting my swing. I was looking at videotape and saw that I was favoring it a bit. I didn't realize it up there at the plate, but the video showed tentativeness. Once I realized I could trust my shoulder strength, I tried to mimic what I had done successfully in the past."
Majewski spent the 2006 season with Triple-A Ottawa and produced 84 hits in ninety-nine games en-route to hitting .260 for the season. After being on the cusp of a major league role, Majewski was demoted to Double-A ball for the start of the 2007 season.
"I wouldn't say I was disappointed, but it definitely wasn't what I had expected. Once they told me I was going there and I got settled, I didn't mind. I had a lot of success there last time and the group of guys going there were great. I figured, if I was doing well, I would get promoted no matter where I was playing."
Since joining the Tides starting lineup on July 18th, Majewski has hit safely in two of three games, with 3 RBI's and 2 stolen bases. More improtantly, he knows that greater rewards await him if he continues to progress at the plate and stays healthy.
"A call up would be nice and would be great, but I wouldn't be disappointed if it didn't happen. I'm not the one making the decisions, so I'm going to worry about making myself better."
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