Former Flames outfielder Doug Bream has signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles organization.
Former Liberty outfielder Doug Bream has signed a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles.
Bream has joined the roster of the Gulf Coast League (GCL) Orioles based in Sarasota, Fla. He played in his first professional game last night as the starter at first base in a 6-1 victory over the GCL Red Sox. Bream, a four-year member of the Flames roster, closed out his Liberty career this past spring by being named to the Big South all-conference second team. The native of Elizabethtown, Pa., finished the year as Liberty's leading hitter with a .349 batting average. The mark ranked 10th in the Big South this season. The outfielder also led the Flames with 41 RBIs and in multi-hit and multi-RBI games. Beam posted 23 multi-hit games, including seven contests with three or more hits. The Liberty fourth-hole hitter for most of the 2011 season, he also had 12 multiple-RBI contests, including six with three or more RBIs. He recorded 73 hits, 17 doubles, three triples, two home runs and nine stolen bases while scoring 32 runs during the year. He set single-season career highs in hits, doubles, triples, RBIs and stolen bases in 2011. Bream was named National Co-Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA and Big South Player of the Week for the week of April 3-10. He was also selected to the National All-Star Line-up and named Southeast Region Player of the Week by College Baseball Insider. The outfielder hit .737 (14-19) and drove in eight runs in four games during the week. During his four years at Liberty, Bream played in 171 games as either an outfielder or first baseman. He finished time in a Flames uniform with a .343 career batting average, 119 RBIs and 99 runs scored.
Bream becomes the eighth player from the 2011 Liberty roster to sign with a major league team this season. The Flames, who finished the year with a 35-24 record, had seven players taken during the 2011 MLB Draft, the most players chosen in a single draft in the 38-year history of the program. Liberty has had 58 players ink professional contracts in program history.
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