Steve went 1-3 in his Orioles debut, and has started almost every day since, mainly due to injuries to Manny Machado and J.J. Hardy. Through Monday's game, he has five hits (all singles) over nineteen at-bats, has scored two runs and struck out four times. He has also made a few nice defensive plays in the field, and I like what I see so far.
Steve is actually a local guy, and graduated from Atholton High School in nearby Howard County, MD. The Nationals drafted him in the 19th round of the 2008 draft and he steadily rose through their farm system before playing for Washington from 2011-13. They traded him to the Tigers this past off-season as part of the deal to acquire Doug Fister, but he returned to the Mid-Atlantic area at the end of Spring Training when the O's acquired him for Alex Gonzalez.
When I wrote my post about Alex getting traded, I offered up a Gonzalez autograph in return for a Lombo signature. Shockingly, a reader took me up on that offer which netted me the autograph up at the top of the post. I was excited that my offer worked, but then I was able to trade another Orioles signature for the lower autograph as well. So I went from needing a Lombo autograph to having two!
Before I wrap this up, I feel like I should mention two other things that are noteworthy.
1) Steve's dad, Steve Sr., also played in the Majors for the Twins and Astros between 1985-90
2) I know he has a really long last name, but compare his autograph to the pre-printed version on that Bowman card. Not much resemblance, am-I-right?