It takes a lot to stand out in the minor leagues. Something really remarkable or unusual.
So you were a big shot in college. So was everyone else.
You say your father played in the Big Leagues? Get in line.
But there is one thing that Adam Law is finding out that really catches the attention of his teammates.
He is a third generation player.
Good luck finding another successful minor league player, whose father was an All-Star and played 11 years in the Big Leagues and whose grandfather won the Cy Young award.
There’s a baseball trivia question for you.
Adam Law’s baseball background has helped him become a Big League prospect, but when he steps into the batter’s box with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, his genealogy won’t help him hit a curve ball.
If Law is to make it to the Major Leagues, he will have to do this on his own.
So far, so good.
After Law hit .365 and had an on-base percentage of .440 in his junior year at BYU, the L.A. Dodgers drafted him in the 12th round in 2013. He finished his first year in the Minor Leagues with a .343 batting average and was named an Organization All-Star.
He was promoted to Rancho Cucamonga (High A) for the 2014 season, where he has continued to swing the bat well. He put together a 14-game hitting streak and as the team’s leadoff man he is hitting .297 through the first 73 games.
“I feel like I’m doing okay. The pitching in this league is a lot better than what I’ve seen in previous leagues,” Law said. “I’m doing my best to be consistent. I was hot for a couple of weeks and then I cooled down for a couple weeks. I’ll let the numbers take care of itself. I can’t worry about that.”
Making the jump from college ball to the minor leagues is more complicated than just exchanging metal bat for wood.
“A lot of people don’t understand how difficult it is to play 140 games in 150 days with all of the long bus rides,” Law said. “We will leave after a game and bus into the night and have to be ready to play the next day. We are at the field 12 hours a day and we practice seven days a week.”
Law is the son of Vance Law, who played 11 big-league seasons, and the grandson of 1960 Cy Young Award winner Vern Law, who pitched for the Pirates from 1950-67.
Vance Law is now working as a hitting coordinator for the Chicago White Sox and spends much of the season traveling to different minor league teams to help White Sox prospects improve their hitting, and Vern Law continues to be a resource for his grandson.
"I talk to both of them almost daily. They're both part of a huge support system for me," Adam Law said. "They're both guys who've been there and played this game a lot longer than I have. They've always been in my corner. It's more mental support than it is physical — they know all about the grind and they can help me a lot with the mental aspect."
Law calls himself a super utility player, which means versatility is one of his strengths. He’s never sure what position he will play until he shows up at the park. He says he feels like an infielder, but he’s played outfield as well as third base and second base. It doesn’t matter as long as he’s in the lineup.
“It all comes back to consistency. All the players here have the tools to play in the Major Leagues. What I hear from management is they want me to be consistent. I might not move up,” Law said. “My dad has had a big impact on me. He has helped me realize I have to stay positive.”
When Law, who is now 24, does get some time off he spends time with his brother Andrew, who lives about 40 minutes away. He will also visit schools to talk to kids about the importance of staying in school and how to pursue your dream.
No matter where you are drafted, if you are drafted. No matter how long the bus rides are or how many 0-for-4 nights there are, you can’t be distracted from the goal.