November 2012

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Mark Gibbs

Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The third week into the contest was a tough-y, as shown by the 18 guesses it took Facebook for someone to get the right guy. That is not including two clues either! Mark Gibbs was the lucky guy selected from the Keys photo archives last week, so let’s find out some more about this Keys infielder!

Named as one of the Top 100 high school players after a great career at St. Johns College High School, Gibbs was signed by the Orioles after being the starting short stop for four years at George Mason University. In his time at Mason, Gibbs finished in the top ten in many categories, including hits and games played.

Mark made his organizational debut with the GCL Orioles in 2000, where he played both second base and shortstop. His average was nothing to brag about at .259. That was enough to earn him a trip to Frederick to begin the 2001 season. He played only 42 games in a Keys uniform and hit just .207. None the less, he found himself in Bowie after his time with the Keys, where he hit .228 through 32 games. He saw time at the hot corner with the Baysox as well.

Gibbs began 2002 with the Shorebirds in Low ‘A’ before seeing some time with the Baysox again in Double ‘A’. His stats were not too impressive, hitting .180 in Delmarva and .167 in Bowie. That was his final year in professional baseball.

Currently, Mark Gibbs works at his high school alma mater, St. Johns College HS as the head baseball coach. Although he didn’t get higher than Double ‘A’ in the O’s organization, he endured plenty of success in high school and college baseball and is now giving his knowledge to the players he coaches.

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Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Scott Conner

Welcome to the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The second week was another hard one, even though it only took 10 guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Scott Conner was the mystery man this week, let’s find out some more about this Keys pitcher.

This right-hander, drafted in the 34th round of the 1991 draft by the O’s out of New Mexico Junior College, spent 10 seasons in between the minors and independents. Currently 40 years old, Conner spent his first two season with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he went a combined 5-9 with a 3.34 ERAin 24 games (18 starts). After spending all of 1993 with the Orioles Low ‘A’ Albany Polecats, Conner made his Keys debut in 1994. Frederick utilized Conner as a reliever, where he appeared in 53 games, posting a 2-1 record and a solid 3.56 ERA. During his time with the Keys in ’94, Conner also recorded eight saves.

His performance in Frederick was good enough to warrant a promotion to Double-A in 1995, where he spent his whole season with the Baysox. He pitched in 41 games and went 5-1 but held an ERA of 4.17, which wasn’t too great. He spent time with both Frederick and Bowie in 1996, his final season in affiliated baseball.

Conner was injured for the entire 1997 season but returned to the diamond in 1998 to spend four seasons in the independent league. In 1998-99, he pitched for the Bridgeport Bluefish in Connecticut, where he posted a 24-10 record through two seasons as a starter. He moved on to the Winnipeg Goldeyes for 2000-01, which was the end of the road for Conner.

Overall, Scott Conner went 3-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 65 games for the Keys, ten of which he started. His career stats, including his time in the independents, have him at 51-41 and a 4.27 ERA.

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Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Ron Kitchen

November 2nd kicked off the Keys 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason on specific Friday’s, a picture of a former Key is posted. The first person to guess it right will get their name in the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. The first week was a tough one, as it took over 25 guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Ron Kitchen was the first player pulled out of the archives, and here is some information on this former Keys farmhand.

Currently 41 years old, Kitchen is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. He went to Bethel Park High School before attending Youngstown State University. Listed at 6-1 and a few pounds under 220, Ron was picked up by the Orioles as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He spent his entire first season in the Appalachian League with the Bluefield O’s and the Gulf Coast League O’s. He spent 16 of his 18 games that year in Bluefield, where he posted a 1-2 record and a 5.18 ERA. He began 1994 with the Orioles Low ‘A’ Affiliate at the time, the Albany Polecats. In 18 games there that season, he was much more impressive, going 1-1 with a 0.23 ERA over 38.2 innings. Before joining the Keys in 1995, Kitchen pitched in 14 games for the independent team, the Long Beach Barracudas. While with the Keys in 1995, he appeared in 30 games, going 2-2. He sported an ERA of 7.23.

After 1995, Kitchen found himself pitching for another independent team in Tyler, TX called the Tyler Wildcatters. He appeared in 28 games between 1996-97 for the Wildcatters, going a combined 9-6 with an ERA of 3.82.

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