Now, as a professional baseball player, Mummey, 23, wants to give back to Walker County. Mummey, who is in the Baltimore Orioles’ minor league system, is holding the first Trent Mummey Baseball Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Sumiton Christian High School baseball field.
“When I was growing up, I had to travel a long way to go to really good camps. I went to Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and Auburn,” Mummey said. “I wanted to have a camp here. I wanted to give kids the chance to hang out with some Major League Baseball players and get some instruction from them.
“This is the first time I’ve put on my own camp. I’m excited about bringing professional players to Walker County.”
Along with Mummey, a total of six major and minor league baseball players will serve as camp instructors.
Those attending include 12-year MLB veteran Wes Helms, who played for four teams during a 12-year career, Colorado Rockies’ shortstop Josh Rutledge, Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Matt Guerrier, St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Brandon Dickson, Southern League Player of the Year Hunter Morris, who plays in the Milwaukee Brewers' system, along with Ryan Jenkins (Kansas City Royals’ system) and Cory Rauschenberger (St. Louis Cardinals’ system).
The camp is for children ages 9 to high school seniors. The cost is $90 for those who sign up before Dec. 12 and $100 for those who sign up the day of the camp. The cost includes a T-shirt and lunch.
The camp will touch on: Infield, outfield, hitting, pitching, catching, base-running and speed and agility. The first part of the camp will focus on defensive work while the second part of the camp will be based on hitting and pitching.
“Since this is my own camp I’m taking a lot of pride in it. I’m looking to do this every year. I hope we will keep building and building and bring some big names,” said Mummey, who has a certain perspective on youth baseball camps.
“I went to a ton of camps when I was growing up. There were some camps I didn’t like and some that were awesome. I kind of know what kids like,” he said.
For more information or to sign up for the camp, call Mummey at 205-807-5675 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mummey, a center fielder who has spent the last two years at Class A Frederick in the Orioles’ system, was a star player at Auburn University. He played high school baseball at Sumiton Christian and Pinson Valley. He expects to play for Double-A Bowie in 2013.