CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- With a dad who possesses 25 years' experience working in Major League Baseball, Capital junior Seth Roadcap studies the game with resources in hand most young players dream of one day attaining.
Roadcap's father, Steve Roadcap, has provided his son many learning opportunities in his more than two decades' time in roles from Minor League manager to catching coordinator to now classified professional scout.
"It's been a tremendous thing in my life," Seth said of his experiences as a result of his dad's career in professional baseball. "I've got to do so much stuff with him when he was a manager. I got to travel with him, went to the field with him, hung out with all the players. I've got to meet (Minnesota Twins pitcher) Vance Worley and tons of other players like (Baltimore Orioles outfielder) Adam Jones and a lot of other ones."
Steve started his managing career with the Chicago Cubs minor league organization before spending three years as catching coordinator, then three years managing for the Seattle Mariners minors organization. After Seattle, Steve managed the Single A Lakewood Blue Claws and Double A Reading Phillies for the Philadelphia Phillies.
In November 2010, the Cincinnati Reds contacted Steve and asked him to consider being a scout.
"They asked me if I was interested in becoming a pro scout," Steve said. "I really never had thought about it. I guess God was looking after me and gave me an opportunity to be home. (Seth) was going to be a freshman in high school. I probably got to see 40 games in the last two and one-half years. I would have never gotten to see that if I was still managing."
Steve said now as a scout, he has the opportunity to watch his son play more often. Steve is responsible for scouting teams in the Florida State League, South Atlantic League and Midwest League. In September, he'll scout MLB teams. Last season, Steve advance scouted the St. Louis Cardinals when the Reds made the playoffs.
It's still a long season for Steve, but it's not quite as demanding as the responsibilities of manager when he was tied to his team as it navigated the Minor League schedule.
That meant Seth's interaction with his dad during the baseball season was limited.
"Sometimes when his team, whenever he was Single A, he played the Power and we would come down and watch him," Seth said.
Other times, Seth visited his father on the road.