From independent ball to Frederick?

We got snowed out at the Grove yesterday. Time for a little post-snow-day catch-up:

*It’s that time of the week again: Let’s look at five more potential 2013 Keys.

The players that make up Part V of our Frederick 40 Countdown have at least one thing in common — they spent 2012 playing independent baseball. Highlighted this week on the blog might be the best of that bunch, Buddy Sosnoskie.


Buddy Sosnoskie spent 2012 with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. His debut in affiliated baseball could come with the Keys.

Named preseason Division II Player of the Year by Baseball America before his senior season at Francis Marion, Sosnoskie played for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks last season after going undrafted following his senior season, in which he hit .391 with 25 doubles, three triples, two home runs, 56 RBIs and 51 runs scored in 58 games.

His season with the RedHawks wasn’t too bad either, batting .339 with 18 doubles, two triples, two home runs, 31 RBIs, 35 runs scored and nine stolen bases in 53 games. That campaign led to Baseball America naming him the seventh-best prospect in independent baseball.

The O’s signed Sosnoskie, a left-handed outfielder, in November.

The rest of this week’s bunch:

Kyle Mertins – A former Sioux Falls Pheasant, he pitched one season at Cal State Fullerton, recording scoreless appearances in 21 of 25 games.

Chris Wade – This Windy City Thunderbolt shortstop reached advanced-A Jupiter with the Marlins’ organization in 2010.

Luis Pardo – He was the ace of the Trinidad Triggers’ staff, but a horrific start on his birthday (he allowed 14 earned runs in 2.1 innings) inflated his 7.81 ERA.

Marcel Prado – He worked out of the bullpen for the El Paso Diablos last season after being out of baseball in 2011. The big right-hander spent his winter pitching for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League, posting a 3.58 ERA in 27.2 innings pitched.

The full edition of The Frederick 40 Countdown: Part V is on the Keys’ website.

*Former Keys pitcher Richard Salazar had a rough go of it in Spain’s Wednesday exhibition with the Orioles. His line: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO, 1 HR.

*Another former Keys pitcher, John Mariotti, will start Italy’s WBC opener against Mexico at 3 p.m. Follow the game here. Read more about Salazar and Mariotti in Monday’s blog post.

*Here’s a story about 2011 Keys pitcher Oliver Drake working back from the shoulder surgery that ended his season in 2012.

*Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman are slated to pitch Saturday for the O’s. Bundy is going to start and Gausman will relieve him, according to Britt Ghiroli.

*Be sure to check back later today for our No. 2 promotion in our Top 10 countdown.

I will be on a plane to Memphis tomorrow. So, until next week, Shake your Keys.

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