Former Frederick Friday Feature – Jovanny Sosa
Last week’s Former Frederick Friday player Jovanny Sosa played just half a season with the Keys. After being promoted from Delmarva, the 6-2, 200-pound outfielder from the Dominican Republic hit .179 for Frederick in 64 games in 2001.
Sosa had played well in Delmarva, hitting .274 with five home runs and 18 RBIs in 36 games, but his transition to high-A ball in Frederick was a rough one. In addition to batting below .200, Sosa struck out 72 times. The highlight of his time in Frederick, his only year in the Baltimore system, was his power from the right-handed batter’s box. He slugged seven homers despite only racking up a total of 37 hits.
Before his season with Delmarva and Frederick, Sosa spent three years in the Pirates organization, capped by a two-season span in which he hit a combined 40 dingers, and spent his final year in the minors, 2002, with the Clinton Lumber Kings. For his five-year minor league career, Sosa hit .235, clubbed 67 home runs, drove in 226 runs and struck out a whopping 556 times.
Sosa’s career stats can be found here.
This is the 2nd annual Former Frederick Friday contest. Throughout the offseason, a picture of a former Key is posted on our Facebook page on Fridays. The first person to correctly guess who the former Key is will have his or her name placed the running for a Keys Luxury Suite during a game in 2013. We are currently in our 14th week of the contest. Congratulations to Willard Rudy for correctly guessing Sosa, and doing so quickly, on Friday.