Five for Friday: Gausman, Rodriguez pitch in intrasquad game

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2012 Key Kevin Gausman impressed at Spring Training Thursday.

The Orioles played their final intrasquad game yesterday before opening Grapefruit League action tomorrow, during which a 2012 Key and a likely 2013 Key took the mound.

Kevin Gausman and Eduardo Rodriguez lead off this week’s Five for Friday.

1. Former, future Keys on the mound in intrasquad game

2012 first-round pick Gausman, who spent a late-season stint in Frederick, retired all four batters he faced in Thursday’s game, striking out two. Here’s what Baltimore manager buck Showalter said about Gausman after the contest, from an article by Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun :

“You can see why everybody thinks so highly of Gaus,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s got a good arm, and he’s got a great delivery. He does a lot of things to make himself successful. The changeup will play better at higher levels. He’s one of those guys who looks real comfortable on the mound.”

Encina’s story also includes quotes form Gausman and catcher Chris Robinson, one of the batters struck out by the former LSU Tiger, on Gausman’s performance.

Rodriguez, a 19-year-old who spent 2012 in Delmarva and looks to be salted for Frederick this season, faced three big-league batters in the scrimmage yesterday, according to Roch Kubatko’s notes from the game. Rodriguez struck out Manny Machado, walked Nate McLouth and hit Steve Pearce.

As noted in Wedensday’s blog post, the O’s first pair of intrasqaud games saw five ’12 Keys on the roster, four in the starting lineup. In case you missed it, or if you want to look again, here’s the link to that post.

2. Five more potential Keys for 2013

This week’s five include four top-30 prospects and a catcher who’s been red hot since the halfway point of 2012. They are:

Zach Davies — He may be an undersized pitcher, but he showed he could hold his own as a 19-year-old in Delmarva last season.

Torsten Boss — The only third baseman drafted out of Michigan State taken higher than Boss was this guy in 1968. Boss is also the highest-drafted Spartan (taken by the O’s in the eighth round last year) since 2002.

Michael Ohlman – Ohlman’s been featured on this blog before for his recent success down under. Off-the-field issues kept him out of the lineup for the first half of 2012, but he tried to make amends for the first 50 games by hitting over .300 in the second 50.

Christian Walker — He led led South Carolina in batting average (.321), hits (77), home runs (11), runs (48), RBI (55), walks (51), slugging percentage (.525) and on-base percentage (.450) last season.

Glynn Davis — A 2012 Key, this speedy outfielder swiped 37 bags in 47 tries last season between Delmarva and Frederick.

Click here for the full article.

3. Harlem Shake your Keys

In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the Keys’ front office doing the Harlem Shake.

4. Newsletter time

Here it is.

5. Links, links, links

*Former Key Jonathan Schoop, the O’s top-ranked positional prospect, is playing for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, which begins March 1. Ed Encina wrote about Schoop in his first major league camp and playing in the WBC here.

*Sorry, ladies. Manny Machado, 2011 Key, is engaged, according to The Baltimore Sun O’s blog.

*Kevin Gausman is part of this MiLB.com story about LSU’s pipeline to the majors.

*Former Key Zach Britton will start Baltimore’s Grapefruit opener tomorrow, according to MLB.com Orioles beat reporter Britt Ghiroli. More info on her blog.

Shake your Keys.

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