Timber Rattlers Demi Orimoloye hopes to make history

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. - Demi Orimoloye knows history is there for the taking. 

Born in Nigeria, Orimoloye has the chance to become the first African-born player to make it to the Major Leagues. 

"That would be really cool," Orimoloye said. "I never really thought about it that much, but if it does  happen, I'd embrace it, and then realize how special it would be."

After moving to Ottawa, Canada as a young child, he wasn't exactly drawn to baseball. However, when his friend decided to sign up for the sport, that sealed the deal.  

"I never even thought about it," Orimoloye said. "He just told me to play, and I started playing. It was fun."

It wasn't that Orimoloye didn't like baseball, it was just that he wasn't too familiar with it. Now, that story has completely changed. 

"You can do a lot of things, you can hit for power, get space hits, you can run fast, make diving catches," Orimoloye said. "It's just a lot of different things that make the game fun."

"Well I was kidding him in Spring Training, he was like the little kid in the backseat,  you know are we there yet, are we there yet?" manager Matt Erickson said. "Obviously a very gifted athlete."

Looking at his size and speed, the outfielder possesses all the skills you'd want out of a budding prospect. 

"Well he's athletic," Erickson said. "Just take one look at him, he's a beast. He's got a physical body and it's functional. He's explosive, he's got a great arm, he can really run and the ball jumps off his bat."

Now three years into the Minor Leagues, Orimoloye believes that chance to make to the Major Leagues is still right around the corner. 

"I feel like if I can do better everyday, that'd give me a good chance of making it," Orimoloye said. "I just keep working hard,  and if I get that opportunity that'd be awesome."


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