March 2011

Frank Key’s Army Wants You!

  

Keys Free Adult Fan Club Ramps Up for 2011

Frederick, MD – With the Keys new mascot Frank Key coming to town for the start of the 2011 season, the Keys are excited to announce a brand new Keys fan club – Frank Key’s Army. Adults can enlist at any Keys game this summer free of charge. Frank Key’s Army is presented by The Tourism Council of Frederick County.

“Frank Key’s Army is a way to unite and reward our passionate fan base for all they have done for us over the proud 22-year history of Frederick Keys baseball,’ Keys Director of Marketing Adam Pohl said. “We hope to see this fun and free group thrive in the years to come.”

Fans that sign up for Frank Key’s Army will receive… 

  • Frank Key’s Army Key Chain – Will bring discounted concession options and unique merchandise opportunities.
  • Keys Window Sticker – The Keys Krunch Bunch will be going around town giving out free Keys tickets and merchandise to cars with these stickers on them.
  • Staff or Player Question and Answer Sessions – During select Keys games staff or players will be available for an interview session prior to game time.
  • Unique Fan Experiences – Whether it is being on the field for batting practice, throwing out the first pitch or being public address announcer for an inning Frank Key’s Army members will be chosen for many unique fan experiences this summer.

To be a part of Frank Key’s Army you must sign up at a Keys game. Signups will be located in the elevator lobby on the first base side. Fans can first signup for the Frank Key’s Army this Saturday, April 2nd at KeysFest from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Part VI – 2011 Keys Season Preview

By Tim Murray

This is the sixth and final edition of the six-part series looking at the players who could possibly comprise the 2011 Frederick Keys. (Pictured Above – RHP Ryan O’Shea)

Manny Machado – SS

Entering the 2011 season, Machado is rated as the top prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America and is considered to be the best hitter for average and top defensive infielder in Baltimore’s farm system as well. As a senior at Brito Miami Private High School, Machado hit an incredible .639 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in just 29 games. If he had not signed with Baltimore, Machado committed to play his college baseball at Florida International University.

Selected as the third overall pick in last year’s draft (behind Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon), Machado inked the second largest signing bonus in franchise history. His $5.25 million bonus is only behind Matt Wieters’ $6 million bonus from 2007. The Hialeah, FL native made his pro debut on August 27, 2010 and played a total of nine games in his first professional season.

Did You Know?

Machado is the first shortstop Baltimore has selected in the first round since Rich Dauer was picked by the Orioles out of USC in the 1974 draft.

Scott Copeland – P

A native of White Oak, Texas, Copeland had an incredible start to his professional career. After signing with the Orioles, he made 12 starts with Aberdeen before making one start with Delmarva to close out the 2011 campaign. With the Ironbirds, the 21st round pick compiled a 2-5 record with an ERA of 2.91. In his last two starts in Aberdeen, Copeland allowed just one run over 12 innings of work while striking out 13. On September 1st, Copeland’s only start with Delmarva, he tossed six scoreless innings and picked up the victory in the Shorebirds 1-0 win over the Kannapolis Intimadators.

Copeland finished out his career at Southern Mississippi on quite a high note. In his senior campaign, he led the Golden Eagles to the C-USA tournament championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. In the process, he went 11-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 2010 and led the C-USA in victories. In addition, Copeland was named the C-USA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as well as First-Team Conference USA and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Magazine Third-Team All-American.

Did You Know?

Prior to playing at Southern Mississippi, Copeland spent two years at Panola (TX) Community College. He had a combined 12-9 record in his two seasons with the Ponies and earned all-conference honors in his sophomore campaign.

Ryan O’Shea – P

The University of New Orleans product was drafted by the O’s in the 27th round of the 2008 draft. While at UNO, O’Shea was used mainly out of the bullpen and in three years he appeared in 84 games, which tied him with Justin Garcia for most appearances in school history. He flourished as a closer in his junior season, leading the Sun Belt Conference in saves (13).

After a strong 2009 season in which he led Delmarva in games started, O’Shea was the most reliable and consistent pitcher in the Keys rotation in 2010. The Mandeville, LA native tied Nathan Jones of Winston-Salem for the most games started (28) in the Carolina League and finished seventh in the CL in ERA (3.84). O’Shea ended the 2010 campaign as the Keys leader in strikeouts (105) and innings pitched (140.2) along with games started. He did struggle with his command at times last season. O’Shea walked 64 batters in his 28 starts, most in the Carolina League.

Did You Know?

O’Shea is the University of New Orleans’ all-time saves leader with 18.

Billy Rowell – 3B

Rowell was the Baltimore Orioles first pick in the 2006 draft (9th overall). He played his high school baseball at Bishop Eustance Prep in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Originally drafted as a third baseman, he moved to the outfield in 2009 before returning back to the infield for the 2010 season. Entering the 2011 campaign, Rowell is considered to have the best infield arm in the Orioles minor league system.

The 2010 season was Rowell’s third season in Frederick and most successful. He set new career-highs in almost every offensive category including home runs (11), RBI (61), doubles (25), and hits (120).

On July 11, 2010, Rowell capped off a magically night at Harry Grove Stadium when he blasted a walk-off home run down the rightfield line as the Keys defeated the Kinston Indians, 5-4, in 11 innings.

Did You Know?

Rowell is the Keys franchise record holder for games played (348) and at bats (1,234). He also currently sits in third place in Frederick history in hits (308) and doubles (69).

David Walters – P

After spending two years at Spartanburg Methodist (SC) College, Walters transferred to Francis Marion (SC) University, where he finished out his college career. In two seasons at FMU, he had a combined record of 16-7 and led the Patriots in games started both years. Walters was a First Team All-Peach Belt selection his senior season as he helped guide the Patriots to the Peach Belt Tournament Championship and their fourth Division II NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, Walters was lights out in Aberdeen in 2010. Over his nine appearances, he allowed no runs and just three hits in his 10 innings of work with the IronBirds.

Did You Know?

Walters was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 47th round of the 2008 draft but opted to go back to Francis Marion for his senior year.

Jacob Rasner – P

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, Rasner spent two years in the Rangers organization before being traded to the Chicago White Sox on December 23, 2006. Along with Rasner, the Rangers sent pitchers John Danks and Nick Masset to Chicago in exchange for outfielder David Paisano and pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

Rasner spent four seasons in the White Sox farm system before the Orioles selected him in the Double-A phase of the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He spent parts of three seasons in the Carolina League with the Winston-Salem Dash. In all, Rasner made 11 appearances against the Keys compiling a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings pitched.

Did You Know?

Jacob Rasner’s twin brother, Jesse, pitched in the Orioles organization last season with Aberdeen, Delmarva, and the GCL Orioles. Jesse signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League for the 2011 season.

Trent Mummey – OF

Rated as the #16 prospect in Orioles organization entering the 2010 season, Mummey had a strong final season at Auburn despite missing 28 games due to an injury. In 36 games with the Tigers in 2010, he hit .366 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs, and 54 RBI. Mummey was a First Team All-SEC selection and helped guide Auburn to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. Selected twice to the SEC All-Defensive team, Mummey committed just two errors in his collegiate career. 

Drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, the Pinson, AL native began his professional career with Aberdeen on June 26. Promoted to Delmarva on August 22, Mummey finished his 62-game rookie campaign with 16 doubles, five triples, three homers, and 29 RBI.  His 16 doubles were tops of any Aberdeen player in 2010.

Did You Know?

In his 14th career game, Mummey had a night to remember. Facing the Auburn Doubledays on July 11, 2010, he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and finished the evening with a walk-off grand slam.

LJ Hoes – 2B

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Hoes was drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 draft out of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He was a First Team All-Met selection by the Washington Post three years in a row (2006-08). Originally, Hoes signed to play his college ball at the University of North Carolina but opted to sign with the Orioles following his third round selection by his hometown team. He also played for the USA Junior National Team while in high school.

After spending his first professional season in the Gulf Coast League, Hoes was in Delmarva for the entire 2009 campaign. Over 119 games, the Bowie, MD native hit .260 with 19 doubles and 47 RBI. Last year, Hoes spent the majority of the season in Frederick. Despite missing over a month of the season due to mononucleosis, Hoes set new career highs in batting average (.290), home runs (4), RBI (50), and doubles (24). Hoes finished fifth in the Carolina League with a .375 on-base percentage.

Hoes is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Orioles organization entering the 2011 season according to Baseball America. He was considered as the #21 prospect in the system prior to 2010.

Did You Know?

Hoes was called up to the Bowie Baysox to play in a three-game series in Akron, Ohio last year. From July 26-28, he went 2-for-9 with a RBI with the Baysox.

New Mascot Frank Key Joins Keys

  

New Mascot Joins Keyote at Harry Grove Stadium

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys, Advanced Class-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, have announced a brand new mascot, Frank Key, to join its beloved Keyote for all games this summer. Frank Key will be unveiled on opening night, April 12th when the Keys host the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Frank Key is presented by the Tourism Council of Frederick County.

“Frank Key is a tie to our community’s incredible history,” Keys Director of Marketing Adam Pohl said. “Frank Key will be another family friendly character who will rally our fans behind the Keys for years to come.”

Frank Key is a play on the team’s namesake. The Keys were named after Francis Scott Key, who wrote the words to the National Anthem at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland during the War of 1812. Francis Scott Key was from Frederick and is buried in the Mount Olivet Cemetery located right across the street from Harry Grove Stadium.

Frank Key will also be the focus of a new Keys Fan Club for adults entitled “Frank Keys Army.” The free club will offer those who enlist free gifts along with deals for concessions and merchandise and special opportunities throughout the season at Harry Grove Stadium. More information on “Frank Keys Army” will be released shortly.

Part V – 2011 Keys Season Preview

By Tim Murray

This is the fifth of a six-part series looking at the players who could possibly comprise the 2011 Frederick Keys. (Pictured Above – OF Kyle Hudson)

Dan Klein – P

A two-sport standout at Servite (CA) High School, Klein turned down multiple football scholarship offers to focus on baseball at UCLA. After a tough freshman campaign with the Bruins, he missed the entire 2009 season due to shoulder surgery. In 2010, he emerged as one of the most dominant closers in the nation. Klein went 6-1 with a 1.90 ERA in 39 appearances. He notched 10 saves on the year as he helped guide the Bruins to their third College World Series appearance in school history. An All Pac-10 selection in 2010, Klein struck out 55 batters and walked just 11 in 52 innings of work.

The Orioles drafted Klein in the 24th round of the 2007 draft following his senior year of high school but he opted to attend UCLA instead. Baltimore selected the Los Alamitos, CA native once again in the 2010 draft, this time in the third round. He signed for $499,600 and made his professional debut on August 23rd for the Aberdeen IronBirds. Klein was stellar in his five appearances within the New York-Penn League. He allowed just one hit and no runs over 6.1 innings of work while striking out 10 batters.

Did You Know?

Entering 2011, Klein is rated as the fifth-best prospect in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America. His curveball and changeup are also considered tops in the O’s minor league system.

Kipp Schutz – OF

After spending his rookie season in the Appalachian League with the Bluefield Orioles, Schutz had a strong second season in the Orioles farm system. In Aberdeen, he finished ninth in the New York-Penn League with his team-leading .313 batting average. His 83 hits placed in a tie for third-place in the league for hits over the season.

Schutz had more success hitting in Ripken Stadium than on the road last year. In 36 home games, he hit .360 (50-139) while driving in 28 runs. Away from Aberdeen, Schutz hit .262 (33-126) with 14 RBI.

The Orioles selected the Evansville, IN native in the 19th round of the 2009 draft and in the 26th round of the 2006 draft out of high school. Schutz missed his freshman year on the diamond at Indiana University due to a shoulder injury but as a redshirt freshman he hit .317 with six home runs. His six homers were tops among Big Ten freshman. As a redshirt sophomore, Schutz was a First Team All-Big Ten selection. He finished the year third in the conference hitting a team-high .392.

Did You Know?

In 2008-09, Schutz walked-on to the Indiana basketball team. He appeared in six games and scored six points in 26 minutes of action for the Hoosiers.

Luis Bernardo – C

The San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic native got his first taste of professional baseball in the Dominican Summer League with the DSL Orioles in 2006. Bernardo hit a team-best .304 with 20 RBI, which was second-best on the club. In 2007, he was with the GCL Orioles and struggled with the bat, only hitting .225, but made up for it with his arm. He had the fourth-best throw out percentage in the Gulf Coast League at 48.1% (26 out of 54). After spending a season with Bluefield, Bernardo saw the most action in 2009 when he started 81 games at catcher for the Shorebirds. Despite hitting just .213 in Delmarva, Bernardo established new career high’s in RBI and doubles.

In 2010, Bernardo split time in Frederick and Delmarva. In all, he appeared in 69 games last season (39 with Frederick and 32 with Delmarva). While with Frederick, Bernardo drove in nine runs and belted a career-high two home runs.

Did You Know?

Due to injuries in the Keys lineup on August 10, 2010, Bernardo made his first professional start at first base against the Pelicans while in Myrtle Beach.

Kyle Hudson – OF

A two-sport standout at the University of Illinois, Hudson was drafted by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2008 draft. On the gridiron, he led the Illini in receptions his freshman and sophomore years and finished his career with 1,002 receiving yards and five touchdowns. On the diamond, Hudson had a very impressive career hitting .376 over his three seasons with the Illini, which is second-best in school history. His 66 career stolen bases are also second-best in school history. In his junior year, Hudson led Illinois with a .398 batting average. In addition, he was tops in the Big Ten with 25 stolen bases and 40 runs scored in league play. Hudson was named First Team All-Big Ten in 2008.

After finishing out 2009 in Frederick, Hudson spent the entire 2010 campaign with the Keys. Along with making incredible plays in the outfield, the Mattoon, IL was a menace on the base paths. Hudson led the Carolina League and the Orioles organization with 40 steals on the year.

Did You Know?

Hudson appeared in a Carolina League best 136 games in 2010. His 136 appearances last year also placed him third in Keys history for games played in a season behind Curtis Goodwin (138 games played in ’93) and Alex Ochoa (137 games played in ’93).

Jacob Pettit – P

Selected as the 1,258th overall pick in last year’s draft, Pettit had a strong start to his professional career while with the Bluefield Orioles in the Appalachian League. In his 57 innings pitched, the 42nd round pick struck out 50 and walked just four. Pettit had more success on the road in the Appy League than at home. In five road starts, he went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA while he went 0-5 in six home starts with an ERA of 2.79. Pettit was promoted to Aberdeen on September 1st and allowed one run over five innings in his lone start with the IronBirds.

Pettit started the first two years of his college career at Green River (WA) Community College before finishing up at Western Oregon University. In his senior season with the Wolves, Pettit went 7-1 with an ERA of 1.80 en route to being named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year.

Did You Know?

In 2010, Pettit’s 1.80 ERA with Western Oregon set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference single-season record for lowest ERA. In addition, Pettit set a GNAC record for fewest wild pitches per nine innings in a career (1 WP in 147.1 IP).

Tyler Kolodny – UTL

After spending the entire 2009 season in Delmarva, Kolodny started 2010 on a tear with the Shorebirds. In his first 11 games of the year, he hit .375 with six homers and 11 RBI and was named South Atlantic League Batter-of-the-Week for the opening week of the season (April 8-19). Kolodny only ended up playing a total of 51 games between Delmarva and Aberdeen in 2010 and the last game he played in 2010 came on June 30th.

Kolodny was drafted in the 16th round by the Orioles in the 2007 draft out of El Camino Real High School in Woodlands Hills, California. Kolodny’s high school has produced seven major leaguers including current Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Randy Wolf, Oakland Athletics first baseman Conor Jackson, and former Orioles pitcher Kurt Birkins. Birkins (2003-04, 2006) and Woody Cliffords (2003-04) both played for the Keys out of El Camino.

Did You Know?

Including designated hitter, Kolondy made starts at six different positions in 2010 (LF, RF, CF, 3B, 1B, DH).

Casey Lambert – P

Originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 6th round of the 2007 draft, Lambert finished his college career as one of the top pitchers in the University of Virginia’s history. In his four years with the Cavaliers, the Harrisonburg, VA native set school records for appearances with 110 and saves with 43. In his freshman year, Lambert helped guide Virginia to their first NCAA tournament berth since 1996. Over his four years in Charlottesville, the Cavaliers went to the NCAA tournament every year.

In Lambert’s first two years in the Cubs organization, he made 77 appearances out of the bullpen and had an ERA of 2.73 in 108.2 innings pitched. Lambert had 12 combined saves in 2008 with Daytona and Tennessee, which ranked him second in saves in the Cubs farm system. After starting 2009 as a starter, Lambert returned to the Smokies bullpen and was eventually promoted to Triple-A Iowa. He notched a win in his Triple-A debut on August 8, 2009 against Reno but his season was cut short when he had to receive Tommy John Surgery. Lambert returned to action in June of 2010 and finished out the year in the Florida State League with the Daytona Cubs.

Did You Know?

Along with Dale Mollenhauer, Lambert was selected by the Orioles in the Triple-A phase of the 2010 Rule 5 Draft.

Catching Up With the 2010 Keys – 1B/OF Jacob Julius

Earlier this week, Tim Murray had a chance to catch up with 2010 Frederick Key, Jacob Julius. Julius had a breakout season last year in Frederick. In 65 games, he hit .285 with 15 2B, 12 HR, and 50 RBI (all new career-highs).

Off the Field, Julius was honored by the Frederick Keys, the Carolina League, and the Baltimore Orioles for his involvement in the community in 2010.

Drafted by the Orioles in 33rd round of the 2007 draft out of the University of Arkansas, Julius is currently in Sarasota, Florida preparing for his fifth professional season in the Baltimore Orioles organization.

Tim Murray: Before we get into the baseball side of things, how was your offseason?

Jacob Julius: I actually went back to Arkansas and worked out down there. I originally planned to finish up school but after we made the playoffs I figured I’d missed too much time but I still wanted to get down there and lift.

My big focus was to gain strength and put on some weight. At the last weigh-in of the [2010] season I was 199 and just before spring training I was 209. My goal was to be around 215 so I was a little disappointed but it was still good because my body fat went down and my weight went up.

The biggest thing for this year is to stay healthy no matter what my weight is just so I can play a full season.

TM: You mentioned health. The final game of your season last year came on July 19th because of injuries. How are you health wise right now?

JJ: I feel good. It was weird, I got down [to Florida] early and was working out with Kyle [Hudson] and Buck [Britton] just because it’s cold in Indiana and you can’t really do anything outside. Then they told us we were going to dress for the big league game. So obviously we were excited but at the same time I said ‘this should be interesting’ because I haven’t played in a game or seen any live pitching since I got hurt back in July.

TM: What was that experience of suiting up for the Orioles in Spring Training like?

JJ: It was awesome. The atmosphere was the coolest thing. Especially the first game I dressed for, the night game against the Yankees. You look out at the infield and there’s Jeter, A Rod, Cano, Teixeira and I just thought this is what you work for. This is what you strive for.

I know it was spring training but just getting that little taste made me want to work that much harder than I already am to get there.

It was also a reassurance that this where I want to be and this is what I want to do.

TM: Everyone has been raving about the renovated and remodeled Spring Training facility in Sarasota. How is it?

JJ: It’s really nice. It’s nice to have air conditioning in the clubhouse (laughing). To come in after you workout and not still be sweating after you get out of the shower.

The weight room is unbelievable; there’s a nice cage where you can go out and work before. Everything is different. You can tell the attitude around here is changing. Everyone is more serious and it’s just a different feel. It’s a fun thing to be apart of.

TM: Looking back to last year in Frederick, you set new career highs in almost every offensive category. What do you think led to your big offensive season?

JJ: Last year was a great year. Honestly, I finally felt like I played up to my capabilities. Every year before last I had some good moments but always felt like I fell off but last year everything just kind of fell into place. One hit leads to another hit that leads to two hits and I started to build on that and my confidence started to go up. I was kind of like ‘you know what, I can do this’ and it kind of carried through.

We had a great team and a great coaching staff. [Field Coach] Denny [Hocking] was a tremendous help and I learned a lot from him.

All in all, it was a really fun year. I was really disappointed that I got hurt and wasn’t able to finish the season but hopefully now that is in the past and I’m looking forward to this year wherever that may be.

TM: Is there any one memory that sticks out in your mind about the 2010 season in Frederick?

JJ: I just remember that whole first half of the season and how much fun we had. We were so good that it was not acceptable if we lost. We knew coming in that we were going to beat people. It was the probably the best team I’ve ever played with.

Winning makes everything easier and more fun.

TM: To go along with your great season the field, you were honored by the Keys, the Carolina League, and the Orioles for your community service. The Orioles even brought you out to Camden Yards and gave you the Eldrod Hendricks Prize in an on-field pre-game presentation. What was that night like for you?

JJ: That was a pretty unbelievable experience. The Yankees were in town, the atmosphere was awesome, and there was a ton of people in the crowd.

I really enjoy going out and helping the community and to get rewarded for doing something that I enjoy doing was a great feeling.

Also, that was really the first time I got a chance to check out Camden Yards and kind of like spring training it made want to work that much harder and keep doing the things that I’m doing. It motivated me to keep working and striving for that ultimate goal.

A special thanks to 1B/OF Jacob Julius for spending a couple minutes with us earlier this week. Part V of the 2011 Frederick Keys Preview will be posted on Monday; Stay tuned to frederickkeys.com and frederickkeys.mlblogs.com as opening day in only two weeks away!

Part III – 2011 Keys Season Preview

By Tim Murray


Welty.jpgThis is the third of a six-part series looking at the players who could possibly comprise the 2011 Frederick Keys. (Pictured Above – OF Ronnie Welty)

Nick Haughian – LHP

The Marysville, Washington native was drafted by the Orioles in the 9th round of the 2008 draft. Haughian attended the University of Washington where he amassed a career record of 12-13. He spent his freshman year in the Huskies bullpen but spent the majority of his sophomore and junior campaigns as a starter. As a junior, Haughian was 6-5 with a 3.76 ERA. He led the Huskies in complete games (3), shutouts (1), and strikeouts (107). His 107 strikeouts were also second best in the Pac-10 Conference.

Haughian spent the entire 2010 season in the South Atlantic League with the Delmarva Shorebirds. He spent most of the year coming out of the Shorebirds bullpen and finished second on the club with 30 relief appearances. On August 8, Haughian transitioned into a starting role. He made a total of five starts to finish out the year and compiled a 1-2 record with an ERA of 3.33. Over his three-year minor league career, Haughian has achieved more success as a starter than a reliever. In his 20 career starts, he is 6-7 with a 2.56 ERA.

Did You Know?

While at the University of Washington, Haughian was named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 1-7, 2008, after he tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout in Washington’s 1-0 win over #18 Arizona. He struck out a career-high 15 batters and walked just three in the Husky’s victory.

Kenny Moreland – RHP

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Christopher Newport University, Moreland started and finished the 2010 season in Frederick. He made nine starts and two relief appearances for the Keys before being transferred to Delmarva. On May 9th, Moreland threw seven scoreless innings as he helped guide Frederick to an 8-2 win over Wilmington. He struck out a career-high 10 Blue Rocks en route to his second victory of the season. Moreland made 16 starts with the Shorebirds in 2010 and tied Jesse Beal for the team-lead with seven wins. Most of his success came in his starts at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. In 10 home starts, Moreland was 6-3 with a 2.66 ERA (1-4, 6.94 in six road starts). He returned to Frederick on August 29th and made two starts to close out the year.

Moreland had a stellar collegiate career at Division III Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. As a freshman, he posted a team-best 1.52 ERA and was selected as USA South’s Freshman Pitcher of the Year. He continued to flourish in his sophomore and junior seasons as he was selected All USA South both seasons but it was his senior campaign when he got on the national radar. In 2008, Moreland was 13-0 in 14 starts and had an ERA of 1.97. He threw six complete games, including two shutouts, and struck out 116. He set CNU records for career strikeouts and wins. He was selected as the ABCA Division III pitcher of the year, D3baseball.com pitcher of the year, South Region Pitcher of the year, and USA South Pitcher of the year. In the fall of 2010, Moreland was one of 50 players named to the D3baseball.com All-Decade team.

Did You Know?

Kenny Moreland is one of just three players to have his jersey number retired at Christopher Newport University. On the same day that Moreland’s #15 was retired, he threw a one-hit shutout for the Captains.

Justin Dalles – C

Drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2009 draft, Dalles has had his struggles at the plate in his first two professional seasons. Despite hitting .225 with the IronBirds in 2009, he finished third on the team with 21 runs batted in. Dalles got off to a great start in 2010 before missing over a month with an injury. He had hits in his first eight games and hit .370 over those games. In addition, he belted his first two career home runs in that span.

A native of Lake Worth, Florida, Dalles started his collegiate career at St. Petersburg Junior College. In his final season at St. Petersburg JC, he hit .387 with 13 homers and 70 RBI. He was named a NJCAA honorable mention All-American as well as named All-NJCAA Gulf District and All-FCCAA first team. Following his two seasons at St. Petersburg JC, Dalles played one season with the University of South Carolina. While with the Gamecocks he hit .324 with 15 home runs and 47 runs batted in and was named second-team All-SEC. Dalles was named to the NCAA All-Regional team after he went 11-for-19 with three HR and 10 RBI in the Greenville Regional in 2009. 

Did You Know?

Justin Dalles was drafted four times by four separate Major League franchises: 2006 – New York Mets (15th round), 2007 – St. Louis Cardinals (40th round), 2008 – Toronto Blue Jays (26th round), 2009 – Baltimore Orioles (6th round).

Michael Flacco – 1B

After graduating from Audubon (NJ) High School in 2005, Flacco’s next three years were limited due to back injuries. In 2009, injury-free, he put up big numbers at CCBC Catonsville. Flacco was named a third-team NJCAA All-American after he .399 with 14 home runs and 51 RBI for the Cardinals.

The Orioles drafted Flacco in the 31st round of the 2009 draft and he began his professional career with the Bluefield Orioles in the Appalachian League. He split time at first and third base while in Bluefield and had a strong finish to his rookie campaign. Flacco hit .324 with nine extra base hits in the month of August. Last year, he started out the season in Aberdeen before finishing out the year with Delmarva. In his debut with the Shorebirds, Flacco went 3-for-3 against the Lakewood Blue Claws. He also finished out the 2010 season on a high note. Flacco ended the year on a seven-game hitting streak and went 3-for-4 in his final game of the season. 

Did You Know?

Michael Flacco is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback, Joe Flacco. Joe was the 18th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft out of the University of Delaware. Michael’s younger brother, John, is a wide receiver at Stanford University.

Buck Britton – INF

A native of Weatherford, Texas, Britton was selected by the Orioles in the 35th round of the 2008 draft. Britton spent his entire first pro season with the Bluefield Orioles. In 47 games, he finished up with a .289 batting average, third-best on the club. In 2009, Britton never spent more than 17 games with one team in the Orioles organization. In all, he played one game with Bowie, 13 with Frederick, three with Delmarva, and 17 with Aberdeen. Last year, Britton spent the majority of the season with Frederick where he was used in a multitude of roles. He started 32 games at first base, 18 at second, 31 at third, and 17 at DH. On July 10th, Britton hit a pinch-hit two-run homer off Carolina League Reliever of the Year, Cory Burns, which tied the game. Billy Rowell capped off that evening with a walk-off shot in the 11th inning.

Prior to his selection by the Orioles, Britton played two seasons at Lubbock Christian University after transferring from Stephen F. Austin University. Over his two seasons with the Chaps, Britton combined to hit .385 with 18 home runs and 97 RBI in 104 games. In the field, Britton was a Rawlings Gold Glove recipient after having a fielding percentage of 97.3%. He only committed six errors on the season and he broke a school record for consecutive games with an assist (30). 

Did You Know?

Buck is the older brother of Zach Britton, the #2 prospect in the Orioles organization according to Baseball America. Zach received the Jim Palmer Award in 2010, the Orioles Minor League Pitcher of the Year award.

Kieron Pope – OF

Pope was a big time high school prospect out of East Coweta High School and was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft by the Orioles. As a junior, he helped lead the Indians to the 5-A Georgia State baseball title game. In his senior season, Pope was selected to the Louisville Slugger High School All-American team and committed to play baseball for the University of Georgia before signing with Baltimore.

Following a grueling leg injury that made him miss the entire 2009 season, Pope had a solid bounce back year in 2010. The Alvaton, Georgia native made his 2010 debut on May 23 with the Shorebirds and played a total of 76 games with Delmarva last year. Pope started 39 games in the Shorebirds’ outfield and 37 as the DH. His .250 batting average last year was the second-best hitting season in his career (.257 with Bluefield and Aberdeen in 2006). 

Did You Know?

Pope was the winner of the Moe Drabowsky Comeback Player of Year in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system in 2010.

Ronnie Welty – OF

The Orioles 20th round pick in 2008, played collegiately at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. In his two years there, Welty made First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region both years. In 2007, he hit .354 with four home runs and 44 RBIs. In 2008, he led his team with a .429 batting average and nine home runs. He also led Chandler-Gilbert CC with 24 stolen bases.

Following two stellar seasons in Bluefield and Delmarva, respectively, Welty continued his success last year in Frederick. The Chandler, Arizona native led the Keys in batting average, home runs, doubles, and RBI. His 82 runs driven in were also third most in the Carolina League. Welty did struggle with strikeouts, however, as he set a new Frederick record with 159 K’s in 2010. Following the 2010 season in Frederick, Welty help guide the Perth Heat to the inaugural Australian Baseball League Championship. In 35 games in the land down under, Welty hit .309 with 10 homers and 24 RBI. Welty finished first in the ABL in HR/AB ratio (1/12.30), second in home runs, and third in slugging percentage.

Did You Know?

Welty has made five all-star teams since joining the Orioles organization in 2008: Bluefield ’08 (Appalachian League Postseason All-Star), Delmarva ’09 (South Atlantic League Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star), Frederick ’10 (Carolina League Mid-Season and Postseason All-Star).

KEYSFEST SET FOR APRIL 2ND

 

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 Frederick Keys News Release

KEYSFEST SET FOR APRIL 2ND

National Anthem auditions to take place during exciting day at Harry Grove Stadium

Frederick, MD – The Frederick Keys are pleased to announce the date for KeysFest 2011 at Harry Grove Stadium presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. The FREE event will take place on April 2nd from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. while National Anthem auditions will be held from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on the field.

KeysFest will be packed with fun activities for all ages. Not only do single game tickets go on sale but there will be plenty of free food and great games for families to participate in all day. If you have any questions about KeysFest, please call 1-877-GO-KEYS or email info@frederickkeys.com.

KeysFest 2011 will unlock many great activities:

         National Anthem auditions from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

         Stadium tours

         Fun Zone will be open and FREE

         On-field games for fans (12pm)

         Catch on the field (12pm)

         Run the Bases (12pm)

         Keyote & Frank Key autograph table

         Jr. Keys Kids Club activity/coloring table

         Raffles & auctions for many great prizes

         Keys merchandise specials

         Face Painting & Balloon Animals

         Single game tickets will also be available for purchase starting at 9 a.m. on April 2nd

 

Food items include:

         Various free samples provided by Buffalo Wild Wings

         Free samples of Nick’s Sausages (Andouille Sausage and Pepper & Onion Sausage)

         Free samples of Pretzel Bites from J&J Pretzels

         Free samples of Mt. Musser Kettle Corn

         Free samples of Dietz & Watson Hot Dogs

         Free soda and popcorn to the first 500 fans through the gates

         Free Rita’s Ices to the first 200 fans (weather permitting)

         Dugout Dogs, Brewers Alley, and the Angus Grill will be selling food and beer

         The stadium store will be open for everyone to purchase Keys gear!

-http://www.frederickkeys.com-

Opening Day 2011 is Tuesday, April 12th when the Keys take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. For information on ticket plans contact the Keys Group Offices at 301-815-9900 or via the web at frederickkeys.com.

Contact: Brandon Apter, 301-815-9919

 

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