Chavez, Rodriguez named All-Stars
Amidst all this rainy weather today came some good news for a pair of Keys — left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Zane Chavez have been named Carolina League All-Stars.
The pair will travel to San Jose to represent the Carolina League as they take on the California League All-Stars in the 17th annual California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 18.
*Why Rodriguez is an all-star:
- Has posted a 6-2 record and a 2.94 ERA through 11 starts this season, his first at the Advanced-A level.
- A left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, Rodriguez hit his stride in May, going 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts and holding opponents to .208 batting average against.
- His six wins are tied for the Carolina League lead, his ERA ranks ninth-best and he leads the league in innings pitched, having tossed 70.1 to date.
- Rated No. 3 by MLB.com and No. 5 by Baseball America among Baltimore Orioles prospects, Rodriguez has thrown at least six innings in 10 starts and has completed seven innings six times this season. And at age 20, Rodriguez is the youngest player on Frederick’s roster.
*Why Chavez is an all-star:
- Batting .279 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 27 RBIs, 30 walks and a .384 on-base percentage.A native of San Diego, Calif., the left-handed hitting Chavez played four seasons of independent baseball before signing with the Orioles in February.
- He ranks fourth in the Carolina League in on-base percentage and leads all catchers in that category and in walks. The oldest member of the Keys, Chavez, 26, also leads his team in doubles and RBIs.
- He batted .305, drove in 18 runs, slugged .463 and had OBP of .424 in 24 games in May.
- Defensively, Chavez ranks third in the Carolina League in stopping base stealers, throwing them out over 34 percent of the time.
*The rest of the Carolina League All-Stars are here.
*The California League All-Star roster is here.
*Other all-star game information is here.
*After getting rained out last night at home, the Keys have been rained out again tonight in Potomac. They’ll play a doubleheader tomorrow at 5:05 p.m.
*This series is an important one, as the Keys are chasing the P-Nats for first place in the Carolina League North. Take a look at the standings. Frederick and Potomac will play each other eight times in the next nine days to conclude the first half of the season.
Shake your Keys.