December 2012

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Allen Plaster

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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.  We are currently in our sixth week of the contest. The latest former key to be selected was right handed Pitcher Allen Plaster.

Allen was born on August 13, 1970 in Kernersville, North Carolina.  Plaster attended the University of North Carolina- Charlotte until he was drafted in the 20th round by the Orioles in the 1991 draft. He started his career within the Orioles farm system with Bluefield where he pitched in 10 games and accrued a 2.44 ERA. He was then promoted to Frederick where he appeared in only 4 games and had a 11.0 ERA. Allen spent all of 1992 with the Frederick Keys and had a much better pitching performance. He ended the year with a 2.87 ERA in 150.1 innings pitched and a 9-12 win – loss record.

After a solid year in Frederick, Plaster spent 1993 and 1994 in Modesto, California. 1994 seemed to be Allen’s best performing year. He was able to obtain a 1.93 ERA in 51.1 innings pitched. Ultimately, Plaster ended his career after the 1996 season in Double A with the Bowie Baysox where he had a less than stellar year.

His career numbers as a member of the minor league system for seven seasons was a 24-22 record with a 3.39 ERA in 151 games and 428.0 innings pitched.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 21st!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

November 30th: Chris Lemp

December 7th: Feliciano Mercedes

 

December 14th: Allen Plaster

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Feliciano Mercedes

 

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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 fifth week into the contest wasn’t too much of a stumper, as it took just two guesses on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Infielder Feliciano Mercedes, who also pitched in his MiLB career, was the former Key  selected from archives last week, so let’s find out some more about him…

Born in the Dominican Republic in 1973, Mercedes, 39, was signed in 1991 as an undrafted free agent by the Orioles. The switch-hitting infielder began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Orioles, where he managed an average of just .227 om 185 at-bats. In ’92, he spent time with the Bluefield Orioles (Rookie League), where he hit much better at .272 and stole 14 bases while seeing time at shortstop and third base. After 43 games with Bluefield, Feliciano saw himself finishing the season with the Class ‘A’ Kane County Cougars. In the remaining 53 games of 1992, he hit .241 with 10 RBI.

Although his numbers to that point were nothing to brag about, Mercedes spent all of 1993 within the friendly confines of Harry Grove Stadium. As a member of the Keys, he primarily played shortstop. Over 123 games, he hit 17 doubles, stole 17 bases, knocked in 35 runs and hit .227. He found himself starting the ’94 season back with the GCL Orioles, where he hit .300 through three games before returning to Frederick for 43 games. He hit just .237 and knocked in 19 runs in his second stint with the Keys.

1995 marked the final year of Mercedes’  career in baseball. He spent time with the Advanced ‘A’ High Desert Mavericks to begin the year before getting promoted to Bowie. He hit just .150 in Double-A. His career numbers as a member of the O’s minor league system for five seasons was .232 average, 111 RBI, .312 OBP, .299 SLG. Mercedes was speedy, as he swiped 63 bases throughout those five seasons.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 7th!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

November 30th: Chris Lemp

December 7th: Feliciano Mercedes

Former Frederick Friday Feature – Chris Lemp

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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 fourth week into the contest wasn’t too much of a stumper, as it took just one guess on Facebook for someone to get the right guy. Pitcher Chris Lemp was the former Key  selected from archives last week, so let’s find out some more about him…

Selected in the 9th round of the 1991 draft by the O’s, Lemp was taken out of Sacramento City College. Currently 41 years old, Lemp saw time during three seasons as a Key. After going 2-4 in his first two season in the Orioles system between Bluefield and Kane County, Chris started the ’93 season as a Key and would stay there for that season and the next. In ’93, he posted a 4-1 record but his ERA was nothing too impressive at 3.56. 1994 showed improvement in that area, as Lemp lowered his line to 2.71 over 52 games. Chris tallied 21 saves for the Keys in 1994, eight in ’93 and 19 in 1995 before getting promoted to Bowie in the later part of ’95. Lemp is the Keys all-time leader in saves with 48. The next player closest to that is Francisco Hernandez with 38 from 1995-98.

Double-A didn’t go too well for Lemp during the 18 games he appeared in during the end of the 1995 season. He was 2-4 with a 5.40 ERA and four saves. He did see limited time in Triple-A Rochester, where he posted an 11.25 ERA over three games. Lemp split time between the Independent League Goldeyes in Winnipeg and Double-A Bowie in ’96, but his ERA was above four with both squads.

Make sure to “Like” Us on Facebook to have your chance at the next Former Frederick Friday, which will take place on December 7th!

Former Frederick Friday Players

November 2nd: Ron Kitchen

November 9th: Scott Conner

November 16th: Mark Gibbs

 

November 30th: Chris Lemp

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