With 17 games in the books, the Keys are in Myrtle Beach for three more games before returning home for their first seven-game homestand of the season. The team is currently tied with Wilmington for first place at 9-8 with top-prospect Nicky Delmonico on the disabled list due to a concussion from getting elbowed while sliding into second base. Before looking at the upcoming promotional days for the team, let’s check in quickly on some stats.
Now, let’s move on to the weekend ahead here at Harry Grove Stadium, officially known as Family Fitness Weekend. Although the weekend is based around a program we run through schools, all fans are invited to participate in some fun events planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. This entire weekend is made possible by Amanda Addington ReMax Results, Frederick County Public Schools and 99.9 WFRE. The basic gist of the Keys Family Fitness Challenge is this – from April 7-13, kids were to do 60 minutes of physical activity and have their parents sign off on their form. They give that completed form to their gym teachers and receive a free ticket to any of the three games this upcoming weekend. Time to look at what exactly we have going on this weekend.
Friday, April 26th at 7PM; Gates open at 6PM - Friday night begins the Family Fitness activities with a great night that will end with Fireworks, thanks to Amanda Addington ReMax Results. The first 500 youth, also courtesy of Addington, will receive a Keys t-shirt upon entry into the stadium. Gates will open at 6PM, so make sure to get those tickets so your kid can get their t-shirt! 99.9 WFRE helped kids through their week of fitness with tips and reminders, so their DJs will be our special guest on-field emcees for the night. Those kids who participated in the program at their schools can participate in a pre-game, on-field parade that will step-off at 6:30. In addition to all this, the Fun Bus will be in the Fun Zone for kids.
Saturday, April 27th at 2PM; Gates open at 1PM - For those students who decide to come to Saturday’s game, we will have a pre-game, on-field parade beginning at 1:30. All parades begin at the right field foul pole gate. For this game, we will have a fun family event for all following Kids Run the Bases presented by Complete Chiropractic. After kids are finished with their base-running, we will be holding a 1K Family Fun Run. The course will start and end at the stadium. With the track being just about a half mile, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a fun fitness activity after enjoying a day of Keys baseball. The first 500 fans to complete the Fun Run will receive a Keys Water Bottle, courtesy of Amanda Addington ReMax Results.
Sunday, April 28th at 2PM; Gates open at 1PM - Family Fitness weekend concludes on Sunday at 2PM (parade at 1:30PM). Per usual, it is Sunday Fun Day presented by Fun Bus! From 1-1:30, fans can have catch on the outfield grass and two Keys players will be signing autographs on the first base concourse. The Fun Bus will also be in the Fun Zone, so make sure to check them out. The highlight of Sunday is what will be going on post-game. Fitness First Westview location will be holding a fun Zumba session in right field after Kids Run the Bases. Never done Zumba before? That’s okay, join Keyote, Keys staff members and players in a fun workout session that is for fans of all ages and all workout levels.
The Keys welcome the Pelicans to town for four games (April 29th-May 2nd) following Family Fitness Weekend. Kids Eat Free presented by Key 103 & Open Club Night on Monday, it’s a Guaranteed Win Night on Tuesday, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Night presented by Maryland School for the Deaf & Burger Madness on Wednesday and the series concludes with an 11AM Senior Day game on Thursday presented by MMI. Keys players and coaches will wear Throwback jerseys from 1989 on May 2nd and there are special concession deals as well.
Key notes - The Keys (9-8) find themselves in 7th in the Carolina League in batting average, with a .225 line. The team they are playing now, Myrtle Beach, is in 8th with .220. Delmonico currently leads the Keys with a .325 average. Frederick’s next opponent, the Mudcats, currently hold an average of .270 on the season. Patience at the plate has been noticeable as the team leads the league in walks with 69. They’ve hit 13 total home runs on the year, which is tied for 2nd. When it comes to pitching, the Keys post a team ERA of 3.90. They have only two saves on the season, despite their 9-8 record and are tied for 3rd place in the CL with 146 strikeouts. Starting pitcher Tim Berry leads the team with a 3.18 ERA and 21 strikeouts.
Editor’s Note: This is the first entry in a season-long series written by Keys super-fan Chaz Packan.
In the Keys first home stand of the 2013 season the Keys compiled a 3-3 record.
The first home stand of the season began with a 3-game sweep of the Salem Red Sox. In the season opener at the Grove, starting pitcher Devin Jones tossed six innings of three-hit ball with 3 strikeouts, 1 walk and 1 earned run. The Keys offense provided the fireworks to back up Jones’ stellar six-inning performance with a 3-run homer by Trent Mummey and a 2-run homer by Branden Webb capping off a 5-run sixth inning extending the Keys’ lead to 10-1. The Keys would add on another run in the seventh inning on a Glynn Davis double scoring Sammie Starr to make it an 11-1 game. Keys relief pitcher Gene Escat shut down Salem in the 9th and the Keys began their first home stand of 2012 with a 1-0 record overall.
The Keys games on Saturday April 6th and Sunday April 7th were both won in walk-off fashion. On Saturday the Keys won 3-2 in the ninth inning on a Sammie Starr sacrifice fly with Jerome Pena scoring the winning run with a season-opening sweep in their sights on Sunday. On Sunday, the Keys were trailing Salem 1-0 when Glynn Davis stepped to the plate in the sixth inning with a chance to tie the game, Davis proceeded to hit a solo home run to tie the game at 1-1. The game would remain tied at 1 until the tenth inning when Davis again stepped in the box with Connor Narron on second base. On the ensuing pitch Davis hit a 2-run walk-off bomb to deep left-center field to win the game 3-1 and lead the Keys to a season opening three-game sweep.
The home stand continued on Tuesday night with the Keys hosting the Winston-Salem Dash in the first game of a 3-game series the Dash entered the series with an 0-3 record but unfortunately by the end of the series with the Dash, the Keys would begin their first road trip with a 3-3 record after three straight defeats at the hands of the Dash. The first loss of the season for the Keys came in the series opener where they dropped a 5-4 decision after leading 4-2 after the first five innings of play. From there the visiting Dash would answer with a run in the sixth, a run in the ninth, and a run in the tenth holding on for a 5-4 victory dropping the Keys record to 3-1 on the year.
The next game on Wednesday night was one to forget as the Keys fell behind 5-0. The only bright spot came in the seventh when Sammie Starr rocketed a 2-run shot out of the park to cut the deficit to 5-2, however in the end it was not enough as the Dash hung on to win 5-2. In the final game of the six-game home stand on Thursday night the Keys fell 5-4 despite tying the game twice which included a Jason Esposito homer to tie the game at 4 apiece, the Dash would answer with a run in the seventh to take the lead for good and hang on for a 5-4 victory dropping the Keys overall record to 3-3 heading to Wilmington to face the Blue Rocks in a three game series.
In case you missed it, the Keys lost their first game of the season yesterday, falling 5-4 in 10 innings to previously winless Winston-Salem.
The Keys held a 4-3 lead with two out and nobody on in the ninth, but the Dash rallied with an infield single and three walks to tie the game and win it the next inning. Tonight’s game starts at 7 at The Grove. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, the Orioles’ No. 3 pitching prospect according to Baseball America, squares off against righty Justin Collop from Winston-Salem. Get your tickets now.
Coverage of last night’s game is below.
*LISTEN: Kevan Smith’s game-winning RBI single for Winston-Salem.
*WATCH: Highlights on WHAG news
*READ: A scouting report on Zach Davies’ start from Baltimoresportsandlife.com’s Tucker Blair
*Other bits of interest from this afternoon
-Keys broadcaster and AGM Adam Pohl talked with the guys at Baltimore Sports Report for their podcast. Listen Here.
-On Flag Day, June 14, The Keys will be part of a special ceremony in honor of the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key, for whom the Keys are named, penning the poem that would become our national anthem. As part of the two-day ceremony that will feature the original manuscript of The Star-Spangled Banner, a marker will be installed at Harry Grove Stadium before the 6 p.m. game against Potomac that evening.
Read all about it in Find it Frederick magazine, beginning on page 56.
*Some notes on tonight’s game:
BREAKING OUT: After putting up a combined six runs in its first three games, Winston-Salem put five on the board Tuesday night in the Dash’s first victory of the season. The Dash raised their team batting average from .170 to .191 last night, thanks to nine hits.
HOT GLOVIN’: Frederick has made a just one error on the 2013 season, which is tops in the Carolina League. The Keys turned their first double play of the season last night, a 6-4-3 twin-killing.
NO GLOVE CONNECTION HERE: Winston-Salem has struggled mightily in the field this season. In four games, the Dash have committed nine errors and made four blunders in the field during Tuesday night’s victory, Winston-Salem’s first of the season. They lead the Carolina League in errors.
STREAKING IN CENTER FIELD: Don’t look now, but Keys center fielder Glynn Davis has started 2013 with a four-game hit streak. Frederick’s leadoff man is hitting .278 with five hits, two homers – one a walk-off shot against Salem on April 7 – four RBIs and one walk. He’s the only Key to have a hit in all four games this season and leads the team in runs with four.
TOP PROSPECT: The top White Sox prospect Courtney Hawkins went 1-for-10 with a single, six strikeouts and a stolen base in his first three games this season. A 19-year-old outfielder, Hawkins did not play Tuesday, but had five hits in five games with the Dash in 2012.
This Day in Keys History: April 10, 2000 - Led by OF Papy Ndungidi, the Keys topped Kinston 8-7 at Harry Grove Stadium. Ndungidi, who is Canadian, went 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBIs.
*And tonight’s Keys lineup:
See you at The Grove. Shake your Keys.
If you didn’t make it out to The Grove this weekend, you missed quite a series.
The Keys opened their 2013 campaign with a sweep of Salem, winning by 10 on Friday and walking off the Red Sox on Saturday and Sunday. Frederick’s pitchers allowed just four runs to Sox hitters for the series.
To cap the series off, outfielder Glynn Davis blasted a two-run 10th inning homer Sunday afternoon.
And, in blog-related news, this blog finished 28th on MLBlogs March leaderboard. Movin’ on up!
Below are all the links from this weekend, including game stories, radio calls and interviews.
Pre-first pitch Friday
*READ: Carroll County Times writer Pat Stoetzer wrote this advance piece on the Keys 25th season.
*READ: Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post penned a feature on Keys opening day starter Devin Jones.
*WATCH: WHAG’s Dorian Craft talks to Keys players about the start of the season.
Opening Night – Keys 11, Salem 1
Saturday – Keys 3, Salem 2
*LISTEN: Sammie Starr’s game-winning sac fly (Call of the Season nominee, IMO)
Sunday – Keys 3, Salem 1 (10)
*LISTEN: Glynn Davis’ two-homer day
*WATCH: WHAG highlights
*READ: After four seasons of independent baseball, Zane Chavez and Marcel Prado are getting a shot in Frederick.
*LISTEN: To the Chavez and Prado story, the first edition of our Mike’d up segment that airs during The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show on Sundays and during Keys Corner on Saturdays, which airs from 1:05-1:30 p.m. Both can be heard on AM1450 The Source and wthu.org.
As we swing into season-mode, the Keys will be in the papers, on the web and on the airwaves more and more frequently. Below is a hearty helping of this week’s Keys media coverage.
From our friends at the Frederick News-Post:
*Swatek’s story on Connor Narron, son of Keys’ first manager Jerry Narron. It’s a good read.
*Stan Goldberg gets you ready for opening weekend with this all-encompassing story on the season starting at The Grove
From some other print/online media outlets:
And some audio:
*Current Key and O’s prospect Nicky Delmonico was on WNST 1570 AM in Baltimore this morning. Listen here.
*If you didn’t catch the Keys’ roster breakdown with our own broadcast team, that is here.
*And here’s an interview of Keys AGM and broadcaster Adam Pohl on WFMD 930 AM in Frederick.
Shake your Keys.
The Keys have their initial roster for the 2013 season. Players and coaches will be arriving today, with media day tomorrow and a few days of practice before Friday’s night’s 7 p.m. home opener against Salem.
The roster release and the roster is below:
Frederick Keys News Release
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2013
KEYS RELEASE INITIAL ROSTER FOR 2013 SEASON
Frederick’s break camp roster includes several highly-rated prospects, 16 Keys from 2012
FREDERICK, Md. – The Frederick Keys have released their initial roster for the 2013 season, which includes 16 returning players from the 2012 team that nearly made the postseason with a late-season surge. Led by new manager Ryan Minor, The Keys’ break camp roster also features two of Baltimore’s top-five prospects and eight of the Orioles’ top-30, as rated by Baseball America.
Nick Delmonico and Eduardo Rodriguez, rated fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Orioles’ system, highlight a roster laden with young, talented players. The Keys open their 25th season Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium against the Salem Red Sox.
A left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, Rodriguez, who will turn 20 on April 7, started 22 games for class-A Delmarva last season, going 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched. Delmonico, 20, also spent 2012 with the Shorebirds, hitting .249 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 95 games as a first and second baseman.
Returning Keys Devin Jones, Tyler Wilson and Tim Berry join Rodriguez, Zach Davies and Zach Petersime in Frederick’s starting rotation. Baltimore’s No. 18 prospect Jones, a 22-year-old right-hander, proved dominant in the Carolina League after joining the Keys last July, going 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in nine starts and throwing two complete games. He’ll be the Keys’ opening-night starter.
The Orioles’ 26th-ranked prospect, Wilson, 23, struck out 114 batters and walked just 19 in 111 innings with the Keys last season, recording a 7-7 record and a 3.49 ERA, and Berry, a 22-year-old southpaw rated as the 11th-best O’s prospect, went 5-5 with a 4.32 ERA for Frederick. Davies, rated as Baltimore’s 20th-best prospect, started his professional career as a 19-year-old with the Shorebirds, going 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 114.1 innings, and Petersime, 24, was promoted from Delmarva to triple-A Norfolk for three starts in August after posting a 2.78 ERA in the Shorebirds’ bullpen. Davies and Petersime are both right-handed.
All five outfielders on the Keys’ roster are returning players from last season. Orioles’ No. 14 prospect and Baltimore native Glynn Davis (22 games, .256 batting average, 8 stolen bases with 2012 Keys), No. 27 prospect Brenden Webb (23 games, .270, three homers, 13 RBIs) and John Ruettiger (64 games, .274, 16 SB, .373 on-base percentage) were all important pieces in August and September, when Frederick posted a 19-14 record. Mike Planeta started the season with the Keys but was sent to Delmarva in May where he would hit .272. Injuries limited Trent Mummey in 2012, but he hit four home runs, drove in 22 RBIs and stole fifteen bases in 72 games with the Keys last season.
In the bullpen, lefties Zach Fowler and Trent Howard – all Keys in 2012 – join right-handers Eric Beaulac, Gene Escat, Marcel Prado, Jesse Beal and Matt Bischoff, who posted a 2.89 ERA in 16 games as a 2012 Key. Howard (4-10, with a 4.83 ERA with the Keys in 2012) moves from the rotation to the bullpen this season while Beal (4.70 ERA, 6.8 strikeouts per-nine-innings in 2012) and Escat (3.58 ERA) are slated to make their advanced class-A ball debuts.
Prado, a 25-year-old righty, is one of two independent league players, both of whom played for the El Paso Diablos, to make Frederick’s break camp roster. Prado, a former Dodgers farmhand, saved 15 games for the Diablos, throwing to catcher Zane Chavez, who joins him in Frederick this season. A four-year independent player, Chavez, 26, hit .339 with four homers and 51 RBIs between El Paso and Grand Prairie.
Michael Ohlman, 22, hit .304 in 51 games as a catcher and first baseman with Delmarva in 2012 and Allan de San Miguel, 25, spent the final month of the year with Keys and hit .260 while guiding Frederick’s pitching staff to their most successful stretch of the season.
Joining Delmonico in the infield are 2012 Keys Travis Adair, Jerome Pena and Sammie Starr and former Shorebirds Connor Narron and Jason Esposito. Adair hit .285 playing primarily third and second base while second baseman Pena, who was promoted twice in 2012 to reach Frederick, finished the season with the Keys and hit .308 in 20 games. Starr, a middle infielder, played just two games with the Keys last season and hit .238 in 106 games in Delmarva. Esposito drove in 51 runs as the Shorebirds’ everyday third baseman in his first professional season and Narron, son of the Keys’ first manager Jerry Narron, slugged 10 homers and drove in 55 runs while serving as Delmarva’s utility player.
Keys players and coaches will be made available to the media for interviews and photographs during the Keys’ Media Day on Tuesday, April 2, from 4-5:30 p.m.at Harry Grove Stadium. All credentialed media are invited to attend. To obtain a press pass, please contact Mike Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Frederick Keys, advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, open their 2013 season against the Salem Red Sox Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Ticket plans and single-game tickets are on sale now at the Keys’ box office and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 301-815-9939 or online at FrederickKeys.com.
Contact: Mike Mueller, 301-815-9915