SARASOTA, Fla. (WJZ) — There are a lot of young players getting an opportunity with the Orioles in Spring Training this year.

It’s an exciting time for them, including one who calls Howard County home.

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Bruce Zimmermann, of Ellicott City, played high school ball at Loyola Blakefield and college at Towson University.

He’s 25-years-old and chasing a childhood dream. Zimmermann is at Orioles Spring Training for the first time in his baseball career.

“I grew up an Orioles fan, and I always remember watching them on TV, and going down to Camden Yards,” Zimmermann said. “I already had a taste of Camden Yards a little bit.”

Zimmermann expects to start this coming season with the O’s minor league team in Norfolk, one step away from the Big Leagues; having pitched most of last season close to home in Bowie.

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“A lot of minor league ballplayers don’t get to play anywhere near their hometown for their entire career whereas I was able to come here and play there for a year, so I got a lot of time back home playing in front of family and friends,” Zimmermann said. “Every moment of that I didn’t take for granted and appreciated the people that did come to see us.”

Zimmermann was drafted by the Atlanta Braves but traded to the O’s a couple of seasons ago.

“It’s been an amazing experience so far,” Zimmermann said. “Having a great time getting to meet all the guys in the clubhouse. All the coaches that I didn’t get to meet last year. It’s been going really well so far.”

The goal of being a Big Leaguer in Baltimore is more than just a hope and dream. Zimmermann’s put in the work, constantly striving to improve; now, in his prime position to take his journey to the next level.

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“I’m just confident in my abilities and I want to go out and prove that I deserve to be at that level and contribute to the team and help bring a winning culture back to Baltimore,” Zimmermann said.