Bishop Excels While Under the Radar

If you were walking down the streets of Erie and saw a quiet, humble individual on the street corner you probably wouldn't recognize him as Rawley Bishop, and that's just fine with him.

Rawley Bishop got his modest beginnings thanks to his parents Bill and Ann Bishop and his many coaches that he has had along the way.

"My parents, and coaches instilled that (being humble) in me," he said. "I've been very lucky to have those people influence me and teach me the right way to play."

Bishop learned the right way to play the game indeed. He was a four-year letter winner at Germantown Houston High School in Germantown, Tenn., before starring at Middle Tennessee State University.

At MTSU Bishop set multiple offensive school records. The Tigers took him in the 19th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.

Detroit sent Bishop to Low-A Oneonta in the New York Penn League to begin his professional career. In 71 games there he hit .282, and was named a mid-season All-Star.

When the 2010 season came Bishop started his season at High-A Lakeland. He played 66 games there, earning another mid-season All-Star honor, this time in the Florida State League. His .301 batting average and 43 RBIs earned him his promotion to Double-A Erie on June 23, just a little over a year after he was drafted.

It's easy to see why Bishop has progressed quickly so far.

"He works so hard," said manager Phil Nevin. "He's focused and determined to do whatever he can to help the team win."

"I'm not the flashiest player and I don't have the best tools," said Bishop. "It's all in your approach to the game."

In his first game with the ‘Wolves Bishop made his presence known stepping right into the clean-up spot and hitting a home run.

He hasn't stopped producing since. He has played 55 games so far with Erie and is hitting .272. He is the active team leader in home runs with nine and has driven in 41.

Bishop was especially productive during the week of August 9-15 garnering Eastern League Player of the Week honors. He batted .565 (13-for-23) with three home runs and 13 RBIs over the six-game stretch. He also recorded multiple hits in five of the six games.

Bishop was unaware of the honor.

"I didn't find out till the next day when Nev told me," he said. "This is really a team award, because without them getting on base in front of me none of this would be possible."

"Was there a guy more deserving in the league," said Nevin.

Aside from his offensive production it is the little things that give him the capability of being a special player. He is completely team first, willing to sacrifice his own personal goals for the success of the team.

"When the team succeeds, players individually will then succeed," said Bishop. "So when you put the team in front of yourself your going to come out on top no matter what, as long as you play for the team and try to win every game."

The most important thing to him is the success of the team; he's fine if you don't recognize what he does on the diamond.

"I just want to be known as a teammate," said Bishop.

And if that were all that people said about him he would be fine with that.

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