Part II – 2011 Keys Season Preview

By Tim Murray
 
This is the second of a six-part series looking at the players who could possibly comprise the 2011 Frederick Keys.  (Pictured Above – 1B/OF Jacob Julius)

Jesse Beal – RHP

Selected by the Orioles in the 14th round of the 2008 draft, Beal had his best professional season last year in Delmarva. He finished the year with seven victories, which tied Kenny Moreland for the team-lead. Selected as a South Atlantic League All-Star, Beal walked just 23 batters in his 114.1 innings pitched. His 1.81 walk-to-innings pitched ratio was tied for fourth best in the South Atlantic League.

The Lorton, VA native originally committed to play collegiately at the University of Maryland before signing with the Orioles in the summer of 2008. Beal played his high school baseball at South County Secondary School and as a junior he went 8-4 with a 3.07 ERA. In one of his final games in high school career, he struck out 12 batters in a complete game against Madison High School in the first round of the AAA Northern Region Tournament.

Did You Know?

The Orioles gave Beal a signing bonus of $275,000, well above slot for a 14th round pick. The $275,000 signing bonus was the second-highest bonus any 14th round pick in 2008 received (Tyler Massey signed with Colorado for $525,000).

Matt Bywater – LHP

A native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Bywater played his college baseball at Pepperdine University. Over his three years in Malibu, Bywater had a standout career with the Waves. As a freshman, he was selected to the All-West Coast Conference Freshman team. In his sophomore campaign, Bywater had the top ERA on the Waves’ staff and was a First Team All-WCC selection. Last year, he was a unanimous First Team All-WCC selection as he led Pepperdine in ERA and led the NCAA with four complete games. In his first start of the 2010 season, Bywater tossed a complete game shutout against the fourth-ranked team in the nation, Cal State Fullerton. He was named NCBWA National Pitcher of the Week following that start.

The Orioles drafted the Pepperdine product in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. Bywater inked a signing bonus with Orioles of $195,000 but he will make his professional debut in the 2011 season. Bywater was the 124th player out Pepperdine to be drafted and was the third Wave to be selected by the Orioles.

Did You Know?

Bywater graduated from Thousand Oaks High School in 2007. Actors Kurt Russell and Michael Richards both attended Thousand Oaks High School.

Oliver Drake – RHP

Drake was drafted by the Orioles in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft out of the Naval Academy. He became just the fourth player in school history to be drafted in the MLB First-Year player draft. In his two seasons with the Midshipmen, he amassed a record of 9-6 with an ERA of 3.48. In his sophomore season, Drake led the Mids with six wins, 80.1 innings pitched, and three complete games. He also led the Patriot League with 78 strikeouts. Drake was named to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team in 2008.

The Gardner, Mass. native spent the entire 2010 season in Frederick. Drake finished second on the club with a 128 innings pitched and had the top strikeout-to-walk ratio (100-37) on the team. Following the 2010 campaign, Drake was selected to play in the Arizona Fall League where he made six starts for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Did You Know?

Drake attended the prestigious prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon, for high school. In addition to lettering four times in baseball, he also lettered three times in hockey while at Northfield Mount Hermon.

Garabez Rosa – SS

The Orioles signed Rosa in November of 2006 as a 16-year-old out of Cotui, Dominican Republic. In his first professional season in the United States, Rosa finished third in the Gulf Coast League with a batting average of .330. In his final 19 games with the GCL Orioles, Rosa hit .370 with six doubles and 15 RBI.

Last season, Rosa spent the year in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds. He was one of three players that represented the Shorebirds at South Atlantic League All-Star game (Brian Conley & Jesse Beal). Rosa tied Kieron Pope for the second-most RBI (44) on the team and was finished second on the team with 114 hits. Rosa did have his struggles in the field, however, as he finished with the most errors (46) in the Sally League.

Did You Know?

In 2008, Rosa combined to hit .322 with the Aberdeen IronBirds and the GCL Orioles. His .322 batting average was third best in the Orioles minor league system that year only behind Matt Wieters (.355) and Lou Montanez (.335).

Jacob Julius – 1B/OF

Selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 33rd round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Julius had a breakout season with Frederick in 2010. In his fourth professional season, the New Albany, IN native set new career highs in almost every offensive category including batting average, doubles, RBI, and home runs. He finished the season hitting .285 with 15 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.

Julius started his college career at Spalding University before finishing up with Arkansas. In his freshman season at Spalding, Julius helped guide the Golden Eagles to an appearance in the NAIA World Series. In his lone season at Arkansas, Julius hit .309 with five homers and 21 RBI for the Razorbacks.

Did You Know?

Julius was honored with three awards in 2010 for his extensive community service while with the Keys: the Elrod Hendricks Prize (outstanding community service in the Orioles system), the Steve Bechler Memorial Spirit Award (Frederick Keys community service award), and the Matt Minker Community Service Award (the community service award for the Carolina League).

Steven Bumbry – OF

A native of Cockeysville, MD, Bumbry played collegiately at Virginia Tech. He played three seasons with the Hokies and had a career batting average of .275 while in Blacksburg. In his junior season, Bumbry led Virginia Tech with 10 homeruns and was second on the team with nine stolen bases. He also tied for the team-lead in triples with three.

Bumbry was drafted by the Orioles in the 12th round of the 2009 draft and spent his first professional season with the Aberdeen IronBirds. Last season, Bumbry spent the year with Delmarva in the South Atlantic League. He led the Shorebirds with nine triples and finished tied for second in the Sally League in triples. In addition, he finished second on the team in batting average and third in doubles.

Did You Know?

Steve is the son of former Oriole, Al Bumbry. Al played 13 of his 14 Major League seasons with the Orioles and was apart of the 1979 team that lost to Pittsburgh in the World Series and the 1983 World Series Champions, the last Baltimore club to win the World Series. Al was an all-star in 1980 and was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1973.

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