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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