Where Are They Now? – The Championship Pitching Staff
Last year, the Keys hoisted their fourth Mills Cup in franchise history. Big name prospects came through Frederick and helped the team claim the title over Kinston in four games. Struggling to find to the same success that was had in 2011 this season, let’s take a look at the 2011 Keys Championship Roster beginning with the pitching staff.
Ryan Berry – Currently a member of the 2012 team, Berry has seen time in Frederick in 2010 and 2011 as well. This season, he has appeared exclusively out of the bullpen. He has a 1-2 record and a 3.44 ERA with six saves this year after joining the Keys at the end of 2011 for their championship run. Berry was drafted in the 9th round in 2009 by the Orioles. Overall he is 3-4 with a 3.06 in 40 regular season games with the Keys. During the playoffs, Berry pitched 6.1 shutout innings.
Scott Copeland – Copeland was another late season addition to the Keys after spending time with the Low-A Shorebirds for most of the year last season. Scott is currently a member of the 2012 Keys, where he holds a 3-7 record and a 6.15 ERA. Last season, he was more consistent in his 33+ innings with the Keys, going 3-2 and having an ERA of 2.14 down the stretch for Frederick. During the playoffs, Copeland was 2-0 and held a 2.25 ERA.
Sean Gleason – After breaking the Keys single season save record in 2011, Sean went on to Bowie to start 2012. After being used sparingly out of the bullpen, the Baysox tried Gleason out as a starter. Overall, he compiled a 2-1 record but had a 5.97 ERA in Bowie. The Orioles recently lent Gleason to a Mexican League team (Tigres de Quintana Roo), where he has found some early success. He is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in his first five games there. Sean spent time with the Keys from 2009-11, saving 32 games in 2011 – a Keys record. In last year’s postseason, Gleason notched three saves and had a 4.91 ERA.
Jason Gurka – Currently one of the most reliable relievers this season for the Keys, Gurka has pitched himself to a miniscule 2.18 ERA in 2012. After going 1-1 with a 3.18 last year, Jason has continued to find success at the High-A level. Selected in the 15th round out of Angelina College in 2008, Gurka may be seeing a promotion to Bowie if he keeps up his current pace. He only pitched two innings in last year’s playoffs, but gave up no runs.
Randy Henry – Sent to the Rangers as a part of the trade that brought Taylor Teagarden to Baltimore, Henry is still currently a member of the Carolina League.As a member of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans this season, Henry is 5-3 with an impressive 1.41 ERA. Last season with Frederick, he tallied an 0-3 record and sported a 3.60 ERA. He was selected to the Carolina League All-Star team this season as well.
Chris Petrini – Currently a member of the Double-A Baysox, Petrini holds a solid 5-1 record in 2012 and a 3.00 ERA. Chris began the season in Frederick, where he went 0-1 but had a 1.88 ERA over 14.1 innings. With last year’s team, Petrini was 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA over 47.2 innings to help the Keys pitching staff hold the league’s best ERA. Petrini pitched three innings in last year’s playoffs and held a 3.00 ERA.
Jacob Pettit – Currently in Double-A with the Baysox, Pettit is 6-2 with a 4.39 ERA. He was one of the most impressive stories of 2011. He came into the Keys after posting a 5-4 record and 4.42 ERA in Delmarva last season. As a member of the Keys, Jake mowed down Carolina League opponents en route to a 7-0 record and a 1.62 ERA. His success rolled over to the playoffs, where he was the clear ace, going 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA.
Rick Zagone -Zagone has floated around this season, but spent most of his time with the Keys. He currently plays with the Double-A Baysox, where he holds a 1-2 record and 5.00 ERA. As a member of the 2012 Keys to start the year, Rick went 3-1 with an impressive 2.91 ERA. He also spent some time in Triple-A with the Tides, where he went 1-0 with no earned runs surrendered over 11.1 innings. Last year in the playoffs, Zagone was 0-1 with an 8.53 ERA.
Will Startup -Although he was inactive for the postseason, Startup was a fan favorite in Frederick, well known for his pre-game intro video dance. This year, he is a member of the Independent League team, the Sugar Land Skeeters in Texas. He is currently inactive but holds a 3-1 record and a 1.29 ERA. Last year he was 3-0 with a 3.14 ERA as a Frederick Key.
Nick Haughian, Justin Moore, Kenny Moreland, Nathan Moreau and Ryohei Tanaka were also members of the championship pitching staff last season but are no longer with the Orioles organization. Ashur Tolliver and Ryan O’Shea are still with the O’s but have not played this season due to injury.
Make sure to stay tuned for the next part of the 2011 Champion Keys where we take a look at the infielders, including top prospects Manny Machado.