Rounding the Bases – Connor Narron with Chaz Packan

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Chaz Packan sat down with first baseman Connor Narron for Q&A session in this edition of Rounding The Bases.

On Friday May 10th I had the chance to sit down with Keys First Baseman Connor Narron for a “Keys Q & A” for this week’s edition of Rounding the Bases. Narron was sent to Delmarva on Sunday.

CP:  How do you feel about playing for the Frederick Keys?

CN: “I love it because my father was a manager here it’s a good opportunity to play in this ballpark and be close to home”.

CP: How does it feel from a personal perspective that your father was the first manager in Keys history and this is the 25th season of Keys Baseball?

CN: “I actually didn’t know he managed here until everybody around here told me and its pretty cool to put the same uniform on that he did 25 years ago”.

CP: What are your earliest memories of baseball?

CN: “Being in the clubhouse with my dad seeing all the big league players and future hall of famers and how they go about their business”.

CP: Having been around the game of baseball growing up, who did you look up to in the major leagues as your role model?

CN: “Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez, and A-Rod before the steroid rumors because they all played for my dad”.

CP: Each player takes a different approach to hitting whether hot or cold, as a player how do you approach each at bat depending on the situation?

CN: “I try to see what the pitcher can throw for a strike during warm-ups and during the game I see if he’s throwing strikes if he is not throwing strikes I sit on a fastball the rest of the at-bat”.

CP: What are your thoughts on the team’s performance so far this season?

CN: “Our pitching is doing a great job so far, our hitting has not really came about but once we start hitting we will be pretty dangerous”.

CP: What was your first reaction to being drafted by the Orioles in the 2010 draft?

CN:  “Growing up I always wanted to play professional baseball and win a world championship my dad was with the big league club in 1991 so it’s a true blessing to be on a ball club my dad was with and be close to home”.

 *The Keys begin six-game road trip tonight at Lynchburg at 6:05 p.m. Game notes below:

KEYS Starter: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-2, 4.00)

  • Has won his last two starts, combining for 13 IP, 10 H, 4 R, 2 BB and 10 K
  • Rated by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in Orioles organization and third-best pitching prospect behind 2012 Keys Dylan Bundy & Kevin Gausman.
  • Potentially could be the first Venezuelan player signed, developed and promoted to the majors by Baltimore.
  • At age 20, he is the youngest player on the Keys’ roster by two months; Zach Davies, also 20, is the second youngest.

LAST APPEARANCE FOR RODRIGUEZ:

DATE

OPP

RES

DEC

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

5/6

W-S

W

W

6.0

7

3

3

2

4

 

HILLCATS STARTER: RHP Jarrett Miller (3-0, 4.00)

  • Won his first three starts of the season before lasting just an inning his last start on Saturday, allowing four runs on five hits to Carolina.
  • Pitched for Class-A Rome in 2012 and finished the season in the rotation, starting seven games. Went 2-1 with 4.31 ERA as a starter and 3-0 with a 3.79 as a reliever
  • Drafted in the 21st round out of UNC-Greensboro by Atlanta in 2011
     

KEYNOTES:

HOLDING BACK HEFFLINGER: In their first series this season, the Keys held Lynchburg slugger Robby Hefflinger, currently second in the Carolina League in homers (8) and RBI (26) and eighth in batting average (.293), to just one hit in 12 at-bats, an RBI double.

PUNCH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ORDER: The Keys middle of the order saw a significant change over the weekend. Beginning on Sunday afternoon, first baseman Christian Walker took over the No. 3 spot after being promoted from Class-A Delmarva and Nicky Delmonico returned from the disabled list to his fifth-spot in the batting order. Catcher Zane Chavez, among league leaders in batting average, on-base percentage and walks, batted fourth. In their two games at the heart of the order, the trio has gone a combined 7-for-24 with two homers, six RBIs and seven doubles.

RODRIGUEZ VS. THE HILLCATS: Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez picked up his first victory of the season against the Hillcats on April 15, throwing six innings and allowing two runs while striking out eight batters.

DELMONICO GOING DEEP: After missing three weeks with a concussion, Nicky Delmonico has returned to the lineup and tallied a single hit in both of the Keys’ games – a home run. Delmonico’s four long balls this season tie him for the team-lead. He hit a pair of homers against Lynchburg at Harry Grove Stadium in April.

 Shake your Keys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Comment

I really enjoyed the questions this edition of “Rounding The Bases” had! Way to go, Keys for variety!

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