Family is everything to Valley native Kyle Bradish.
The pitcher relied on his support system as he climbed the ladder from Millennium High School, which he graduated from in 2015, to his big-league debut with the Baltimore Orioles on April 29.
“It took a lot of hard work and a lot of support from my family,” Bradish said.
“My wife (Mollie) and I started dating in high school and continued through college. She’s been there by my side the whole time. That helped along with staying focused and having a lot of good coaches and teammates along the way.”
As of July 9, Bradish was on the injured list due to right shoulder inflammation but was expected to return to the squad soon.
Baseball has long been Bradish’s passion. He grew up playing the sport, as well as football and basketball. All the while, his dream was to end up in the MLB.
“My dad played baseball, so it ran in the family,” he said. “But, when you’re a kid, it doesn’t seem as far away, just because you have big dreams. When I got to college and things started working out, I thought this was actually attainable.
“With each level, it just got harder and harder. It’s the same game, just a bit higher level. That was the same thing I was told when I got to Camden Yards. It’s the same game, just go out and play. The lights were just brighter, and the ballpark was bigger.”
When the 25-year-old pitcher made his MLB debut, his family was there for him again.
“It was awesome to have my family out there. My wife was out there. It was awesome,” he said. “There were a lot of emotions. I was nervous. I was very excited, but a dream come true.”
Inspired by former Millennium coach Ryan Bethel, Bradish said he brings a “good energy” to the team and he’s a “good clubhouse guy.”
“Then, every fifth day, I got out there and give it my all. I’m not going to quit,” he added. “My goal is to stay in the big leagues and keep pitching. I want to maximize my ability and show constant improvement.”