July 2013

Orioles Draft Review (All Four Parts)

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The O’s picked 41 players in this year’s first-year player draft, 14 high schoolers and 27 college players, a lot of whom will don the Keys jersey in the next several seasons. A look at Baltimore’s 2013 MLB Draft picks:

Hunter Harvey, RHP (Rd. 1, 22nd Overall)- The first pick chosen by the Orioles was ranked 33rd according to Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects.  The son of former major league closer, Bryan Harvey, this six-foot-three pitcher from Catawba, NC, has a quick fastball (90-94 mph) but a breaking ball that needs improving.

Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field.  Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter.  The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.

Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him.  Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.

For more on the O’s second-round selection, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun spoke with Sisco about his signing.

Stephen Tapley, LHP (Rd. 3, 98th Overall)- Ranked 123rd in Baseball America’s Top 500, Tarpley was drafted in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians last year but decided to attend Southern Carolina instead.  This lefty has a fastball that tops at 92 mph (usually 88-90 mph) and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.

Jonah Heim, C (Rd. 4, 129th Overall)- Ranked 170th in Baseball America’s Top 500, this six-foot-five catcher Amherst Central High School in New York is a switch hitting power hitter.  He has to work on the quickness of his feet and his approach from the right side of the plate.  He is currently committed to Michigan State.

Travis Seabrooke, LHP (Rd. 5, 159th Overall)- This six-foot-five lefty is one of the youngest players in the draft this year; he will be eighteen in September.  His fastball is in the high eighties but needs to work on his secondary pitches. He is committed to Boston College.

Alex Murphy, C (Rd. 6, 189th Overall)- Murphy graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland this year and is committed to Wake Forest. He was born in Monrovia, MD and has grown up a Baltimore Orioles fan. Murphy was drafted as a catcher, but it does not seem like he will stay there for long. He is an experienced third baseman and his speed allows to play anywhere in the outfield as well.

Drew Dosch, 3B (Rd. 7, 219th Overall)- Ranked 131st in Baseball America’s Top 500, Dosch played for Youngstown State but shined in the Cape Cod League batting .326 with 21 extra-base hits in 44 games.  He does not seem fit to be able to play third base in majors because he is unable throw from multiple angles. If he moves to LF or 1B, he will need to produce more power from those positions.

Trey Mancini, 1B (Rd. 8, 249th Overall)- He simply has raw power in the batter’s box. Mancini, a left-handed first baseman but right-handed batter, has improved his strike zone discipline at Notre Dame but still has below-average speed.  The Orioles are really investing in his bat but and his size, standing set six-foot-five inches and weighing in at 205 pounds. He was ranked 230th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Mitch Horacek, LHP (Rd. 9, 279th Overall)- Unranked in Baseball America’s Top 500, this Dartmouth starter went 6-2, 2.20 with 42 strikeouts and only ten walks in 45 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90’s topping out at 92 with pretty good secondary pitches and has a lot of durability on the mound.

Austin Wynns, C (Rd. 10, 309th Overall)- He has been known as a blocking machine behind the plate and keeps the runners in check with his arm.  He is a below average hitter but solidly built at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.

Steven Brault, LHP (Rd. 11, 339th Overall)- Ranked 419th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Brault went 8-3, 2.63 with 103 strikeouts and 18 walks in just 79 innings while playing at Division II, Regis in Colorado.  His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH topping around 92. He also has a nice slider but needs to work on his change-up. Little known fact, Brault is also a vocal performance major so he can not only start a professional baseball game but he can sing the National Anthem before it.

Jake Bray, RHP (Rd. 12, 369th Overall)- At Feather River JC, Bray was the first baseman and closer for the team but the scouts see him more as a pitcher. His fastball sits around 92-94 MPH, topping out around 96 MPH. He also has a good change-up and a decent slider. He has always been a bullpen boy but the Orioles system will most likely get him a starting position and see how he does. Bray was ranked 288th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP (Rd. 13, 399th Overall)- A junior from St. Joseph’s University, this 6-foot-3 relief pitcher originally from New Jersey broke the school record for saves with ten in one season.  He posted a 1-2 record with a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings and 26 appearances.

Mike Yastrzemski, OF (Rd. 14, 429th Overall)- Ranked 251st in Baseball America’s Top 500, the grandson of Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, Mike batted .402 in his senior year at Vanderbilt.  Yastrzemski  is one of the SEC’s top base runners and a very skilled an outfielder.

Tyler Walsh, SS (Rd. 15, 459th Overall)- The shortstop from Mater Dei HS in Evansville, Indiana is the first middle infielder the Orioles selected. He has committed to Belmont University in Nashville in November. The 6-foot-5 infielder had played all positions on the diamond and is very versatile.

Randolph Gassaway, 1B (Rd.16, 489th Overall)- The 6-foot-four first baseman just graduated from Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He was chosen for the Rawlings All Americans and All Regions 2013 Southeast All Region 1st Team. He is a born power hitter and compliments it with his 6.65 time in the sixty.

 Caleb Kellogg, RHP (Rd. 17, 519th Overall)- This Kentucky native standing at six-feet tall, both pitched and played in the outfield in high school. He then attended University of Louisiana in Lafayette and served as the team’s closers for two years. Opposing batters hit only .202 against him his sophomore year. He pitched 35.2 innings, struck out 41 batters and posted a 2.52 ERA.

Reed Reilly, RHP (Rd. 18, 549th Overall)- Ranked 191st in Baseball America’s Top 500, scouts have reported Reilly throwing as high as 95 MPH however he usually throws around 89-93 MPH. His secondary stuff is not that great according to scouts but his size and durability should allow him to learn and improve.

Dylan Rheault, RHP (Rd. 19, 579th Overall)- The Central Michigan sophomore broke out after his redshirt freshman year finishing with a 2-2 record with 44 strikeouts.  The 6-foot-9, 245-pound right-hander appeared in 15 games in 2013, starting in four, and was 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 40 innings of work.

Nicky Cunningham, RHP (Rd. 20, 609th Overall)- This 6-foot-2 righty from Arizona has a fastball that is consistent in the high 80s. He compliments it with a very nice slider has well and a decent change-up.  His freshman year he posted a 4.29 ERA in 35 appearances but only made 29 appearances in the following three seasons. He had a 5.72 ERA in 28 innings his senior year.

Levi Scott, 1B (Rd. 21, 639th Overall)- This past season at Howard College, Scott posted a .359 average, hit four homers, drove in 27 runs and scored 27 runs as well. The 6-foot-3 first baseman also did some pitching in high school and college, but his stuff is not good enough for the majors so the Orioles are looking to mold him into an infielder.

Jon Keller, RHP (Rd. 22, 669th Overall)- Keller helped the Tampa Spartans reach the D-II College World Series his junior season. That year he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA.  He did not give up a home run in 54 innings.  His 6-foot-5 stature allows him to create heat off of the mound pitching consistently between 90-94 MPH.  His secondary stuff needs work. He was ranked 295th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Stefan Crichton, RHP (Rd. 23, 699th Overall)- In 2012, Crichton pitched 95 innings for Texas Christian and finished 9-2, struck out 53 and only gave up 36 earned runs. In his three years at TCU, he finished 19-8 with a 3.73 ERA. His fastball sits in the high eighties topping out at 89 MPH.

Jared Breen, SS (Rd. 24, 729th Overall)- He started in 63 of 64 games at Belmont his sophomore year. Breen hit .280 with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs.  In 63 games he had 15 multi-hit games and nine multi RB games.  He the perfect leadoff guy and always finding a way to get on base.

Danny Ayers, LHP (Rd. 25, 759th Overall)- Ranked 177th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Ayers has a fast ball that consistently hits 94 MPH and it is paired with an excellent curveball that is in the upper 70s. His fastball has slowed down a little since the scouts first saw him play because he is working on his control and feel for the mound. He is committed to Western Michigan.

Layne Bruner, LHP (Rd. 26, 789th Overall)- His fast sits in the mid-80s but scouts are hoping his 6-foot-2, 170 pound build allows some run for growing and strength as he gets older and improves.  This Washington State commit like his composure on the mound and his above average curveball.

Donnie Hart, LHP (Rd. 27, 819th Overall)- In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, all out of the bullpen. He had scoreless outings in his first five appearances and eight of his first nine. He finished the year allowing batters to hit only .138 against him. His fastball sits around 86 MPH and throws a very good slider.

Robert Tyler, RHP (Rd. 28, 849th Overall)- He consistently throws between 90-93 MPH topping out at 95 MPH from time to time.  His curveball is not the best but he is still a raw player and needs a lot of improvement. Standing at 6-foot-5, he weighs in just under 200 pounds so there is room for improvement. The Georgia commit  has been one called one of the best pitchers in Georgia this past season leading his high school to their deepest playoff run in fifty years.

Conor Bierfeldt, OF (Rd. 29, 879th Overall)- Senior Co Captain Conor Biereldt was named 3rd Team All American while playing at Western Connecticut State University.  He batted .396 that season with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Fredrico Castagnini, SS (Rd. 30, 909th Overall)- Castagnini started all 59 games in 2012 for Barton Community College  and led the team in home runs (6), doubles (16) and RBI (67) as a sophomore.  He finished the season with a .361 average stealing twelve bases in twelve attempts. In Creighton,  he finished his junior year with a .320 with 54 hits and 27 RBIs. He played third in Creighton and is versatile enough to play pretty much any position in the infielder.

Dustin Hagy, RHP (Rd. 31, 939th Overall)- The 6-foot-6 right-hander fresh out of high school (Trinity Christian Academy, FL) impressed scouts with the speed of his fastball, topping out around 94 MPH. He also shows a pretty solid 11-5 curveball that can be thrown anywhere between 70-78 MPH.  He needs to improve his change-up more as a reliable alternative however.

Max Homick, LHP (Rd. 32, 969th Overall)- The southpaw from University of San Diego appeared in 11 games, making five starts his freshman year (2012).  He pitched 27.1 innings, posting a 1-0 record with a 7.24 ERA and 19 strikeouts.  According to Baseball America, he has improved a lot in this past fall assign deception and downward angle on his fastball.

Jeff Kemp, SS (Rd. 33, 999th Overall)- Originally from Bowie, Maryland and former student at Archbishop Spalding High School, Kemp played at Radford University and also got drafted last year in the 31st round by the Los Angeles Angels. He was an All-Big South first-team selection for the past two seasons and the 2013 Co-Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Kemp batted .284 on the season and led the conference with ten home runs and a .588 slugging percentage despite missing 12 games with a rib injury.

Parker Bugg, RHP (Rd. 34, 1029th Overall)- This 6-foot-6 righty graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School this year and has a solid fastball around 90 MPH topping out at 92. He has a strange delivery that may need fixing if he intends to start in the majors but scouts say it can be adjusted.

D.J. McKnight, OF (Rd. 35, 1059th Overall)- A high school senior from Madison County, Florida, this lefty batter hit .358 in 29 games this spring. He knocked in 34 RBIs while also posting an on-base percentage of .486. McKnight also played quarterback in high school.

Eric Green, LHP (Rd. 36, 1089th Overall)- Green, a senior at Embry-Riddle, went 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched in 2012. He recorded two saves in 21 appearances. He spent his sophomore year at St. Petersburg where he posted his best season in college.  He threw 48.0 innings, allowing 25 earned runs while striking out 50 batter.  He finished 6-0 with a 4.68 ERA that year.

Justin Viele, SS (Rd. 37, 1119th Overall)- This four-year Santa Clara starting shortstop started all 53 games his senior year and finished his career with 158 consecutive starts dating back to his freshman year.  Viele batted .248 (52-210) but led the team in walks (28) and hit-by-pitch (11) to put his OBP at .364.

Conor Harber, OF (Rd. 38, 1149th Overall)- This Western Nevada College freshman outfielder put together a huge year his first season in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.  He batted .411 with 56 hits including 14 doubles, a school-record 11 triples and four homers. He also compiled 42 RBIs that season as well.

Augey Bill, LHP (Rd. 39, 1179th Overall)- Standing at 6-foot-9, this lefty hurler from Arizona was awarded 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention.  In 2012, this bullpen gem pitched 6.2 innings and did not allow a run while registering seven strikeouts and issuing just one walk.

Garrett Cortright, RHP (Rd. 40, 1209th Overall)- His junior year at Canisius, Cortright posted an 11-4 record in 16 starts.  He ended the year with 2.41 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 115.2 innings pitched (a conference record). He finished with five complete games.

Keys go for series win in front of O’s legend Boog Powell

Boog Powell will be in signing autographs Saturday night at Harry Grove Stadium

After last night’s walk-win over Salem, the Keys have given themselves a chance to win their four-game series with the Red Sox after being no-hit on Wednesday, win their third game in a row and take eight out of 10 games from Salem at Harry Grove Stadium this season.

And who better to do that in front the legendary Orioles first baseman and BBQ connoisseur Boog Powell. As part of our Salute to the Orioles, the Keys’ only big-league club since their inception in 1989,  Boog will be at The Grove to throw out the first pitch and sign some autographs.

First pitch is at 6 p.m. and Boog will begin signing when the gates open at 5 p.m. Get your tickets and come hang out with Boog.

*Before we get to today’s game, let’s talk about last night, when the Keys walked off Salem for third time this season.

Here’s how it ended:

And here’s some reading from last night, courtesy of Greg Swatek of the Frederick News-Post, who incredibly beat his early deadline despite a three-hour, 40-minute game.

*Tonight, Julio Rodriguez gets the ball tonight for the Keys, hoping to provide his first good outing since his transfer to Frederick. He’s 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in three starts and lefties have done the most damage against him, batting .375 with six extra-base hits. Opposing Rodriguez is Heri Quevedo, who made an appearance in relief on Opening Day at Harry Grove Stadium: 2.1 innings, six hits, seven runs, six earned and two home runs. More on tonight’s game in the game notes:

*There’s decent chance Matt Hobgood, the fifth overall pick of the 2009 draft, will make his debut for the Keys tonight. Injuries have plagued Hobgood since he was taken by Baltimore, but now healthy, he seems to be rediscovering his stuff. He spoke with David Lassen of the Riverside Press-Enterprise about his promotion to Frederick and getting healthy for this column:

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*Tonight’s lineup:

*ICYMI: The skunk glove has been found! The glove Miguel Chalas used to capture a skunk in the Lynchburg outfield was not destroyed, as we originally believed. Why? We do not know. For now, it lives atop a shed near the clubhouse.

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*Don’t forget to vote for Keyote in the MiLB mascot mania! Vote on twitter using @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania or on milb.com. You can also vote up to 25 times a day by retweeting these tweets:

Shake your Keys

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little (July) Christmas Night

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Bickel

The Keys pulled off a 2-1 win over the Salem Red Sox after Frederick was no-hit the night before.  Zach Davies, who started and pitched five innings for Frederick, gave up just one run on three hits and struck out seven batters.  Sammie Starr, who has been in a slump lately batting just .169 in the second half of the season, came up big in the eighth inning last night with an RBI single to put the Keys ahead 2-1.  He also had multiple great defensive plays last night as well.

*Check out the Keys game story on our website here. You can also check out the Frederick News-Post’s article here as well.

With two games in the scorebooks and two games to play in this series, the Keys are hoping to take this four-game set away from Salem who is 15-12 in the second half of the season.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s 7pm game

Jason Esposito will be batting in the seventh spot tonight on his 23rd birthday. He has been consistent in July batting .319 playing both corners of the infield.

Zach Clark will start tonight for the Keys.  He is currently 0-1 in the Carolina League this season with a 21.60 ERA. He is hoping to find a little more success than  his first start with Frederick this season in which he gave up eight runs in just a little of three innings.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes.

*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Matt Hobgood, recently promoted from Class-A Delmarva, sat down with our broadcaster Tim Murray.

*In other news, Keys lefty pitcher, Trent Howard, was promoted to Double-A Bowie today.

*Michael Ohlman is getting a little bit of love from Fangraphs. In their most recent article, Ohlman was called one for their “Five Sleeper Catching Prospects” around professional baseball. You can check it out here.

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Bickel

*Tonight is Christmas Night In July here at Harry Grove Stadium and it is safe to say that the interns are really in the Christmas spirit.

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*Jeff Kurkjian, an intern here at Harry Grove Stadium, also interns with The Sports Junkies in the mornings on 106.7 The Fan. One of the Junkies, Eric Bickel, visited yesterday’s  game to take photos and was fascinated by the minor league atmosphere. Jeff was brought into the show to talk about the Frederick Keys baseball team.

*To check out all of Bickel’s photos from yesterday, use the link below! You can also follow him Twitter @EBJunkies and be sure to listen to The Sports Junkies on 106.7 FM Monday through Friday from 6am-10am.

Keyote needs your vote!

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

One of hundreds of reasons to vote for Keyote: The ladies love him.

Is Keyote the best mascot in the minor leagues?

The answer is, of course, yes. I know it. You know. Your mom and dad know it, too.

Now, it’s time to spread that knowledge nationwide.

Keyote and all the other minor league mascots are competing to be named number one mascot in the minors. MiLB’s Mascot Mania started July 18 with the League Round that lasts until Aug. 1. Winners of their league will square off the following week to determine Minor League Baseball’s best.

The contest is decided by you, the fans. In order to make Keyote the top dog in the minors, he needs your vote! Voting is easy. There are two ways to cast your ballot for Keyote:

  1. Go here, click on Carolina League and vote for Keyote. While you’re at it, vote for the rest of the Orioles’ minor league mascots:Int’l League -Norfolk Tides -RipTide

    Eastern League – Bowie Baysox – Louie

    South Atlantic League – Delmarva Shorebirds – Sherman the Shorebird

    NY-Penn League – Aberdeen IronBirds – Ferrous

  2. Vote via twitter by tweeting or retweeting something like this:

Or this:

Or this:

You just need @FrederickKeys and #mascotmania somewhere in your 140 characters. Heck, you could just retweet the tweets above.

And remember, you can votes as many times as you’d like. Let’s put Keyote where he belongs, atop the minor league mascot food chain.

Shake your Keys.

Keys No-Hit At Home

The Keys hosted the Salem Red Sox for the first game of a four game series.  Sadly, it was not exactly the start they were looking for.

The Sox held the Keys to no hits and no runs in all nine innings. In fact, Frederick had seven base runners during the game off of three errors and five walks.  This is the first time that Frederick has been no-hit since August 7, 2002.

*Check out Greg Swatek’s game story on The Frederick News-Post website. You can also check out our game story here.

*The Keys have been off to a rough start here in the second half of the season. They are currently 10-15 and have lost  seven of their last ten.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup at this afternoon’s game

Johnny Ruttiger, who usually leads off for the Keys, has batted just twice in the second spot of the lineup this season and is batting one-for-two.  Michael Ohlman, the Keys hottest hitter, is batting.304 in 92 bats batting third this season.  He has been nothing but consistent batting .398 in the second half of the season with seven homers and 23 RBIs.

Zach Davies is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. Wilmington this year.

Zach Davies will start tonight against the Salem Red Sox.

Zach Davies will get the call tonight for the Keys.  He is currently 5-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 17 starts. He is just 1-0 in the second half of the season in four starts.  He will be facing off against Salem’s Miguel Pena who is 4-4 this season with a 5.57 ERA.

*We got a little bit of love from the MiLB today. They really love Keyote!

*For everything you need to know to know about today’s game, check out the game notes below.

*It is Camp Day here at the ballpark. The near-one-hundred degree weather will not stop us here.  Out staffers are fully prepared with super-soakers so be ready.

*Sgt. Slaughter visited Harry Grove Stadium last month and had a great night. He discusses his time at the stadium with Bill Apter, father of our very own Promotions Manager, Brandon Apter.

Who Killed Frank Key?!

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That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.

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Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

Keys Win Big Against Mudcats

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A six-run first inning lead the Keys to a 12-2 victory over the Carolina Mudcats last night. Allan de San Miguel went 2-for-4 with four RBI’s including a two-run bomb to left field in the bottom of the eighth.

*Thanks to Reggie (@gopherballs) for this awesome shot of De San Miguel’s home run.

Second baseman, Jerome Pena, finished the game with three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Tim Berry gave up just one run and six hits in five innings pitched and left the game with an 8-1 lead.

*Miss last night’s action? Check out last night’s game story on our website here.  Also, check out Greg Swatek’s game story on the Frederick News-Post here.

*Keys Manager, Ryan Minor, discusses Christian Walker’s recent success and promotion to Double-A Bowie with our very own Tim Murray.

*Matt Hobgood has been moved up to Frederick from Class-A Delmarva. The former Shorebirds pitcher is 7-2 as a reliever this season in 23 game appearances with a 3.64 ERA.

The Keys have the day off today to sit back and enjoy tonight’s MLB All-Star Game.  Frederick takes on Salem in a four game series at home starting tomorrow night at 7pm.

Keys Hope To Split Series Tonight

The Keys have now dropped two straight to the Carolina Mudcats here at Harry Grove Stadium but are hoping to split the series with a win tonight at 7pm.

Last night, Julio Rodriguez took to the mound for his third start of the season with Frederick and gave up four runs and five hits in five innings pitched. The Keys just fell short to Carolina, 5-3. Michael Ohlman hit his eleventh home run of the season in the eighth inning.

*Ohlman is batting .383 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs in the second half of the season.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game.

*Glynn Davis will be batting in place of Johnny Ruettiger, who has been hitting leadoff for the past couple weeks for the Keys. Davis is batting just .197 in 19 games in the leadoff spot this season.  Also, Nicky Delmonico makes his first start at first base this season.

Another guy to look out for is Tucker Nathans, batting in fifth spot tonight for the second straight night. Nathans is batting . 571 (8-14) in the last five games.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry will start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry will take the mound tonight against the Mudcats. Berry is 7-5 this season with a 4.09 ERA however, in the second half of the season, Berry is 3-1 in four starts with a 2.84 ERA.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game against the Mudcats, check out the game notes below!

*In other exciting Keys news, first baseman, Christian Walker has been promoted to Double-A Bowie after the All-Star Futures game at Citi Field.

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Photo Courtesy of The Baltimore Orioles

*Keys pitcher, Zach Petersime, sat down with our intern, Jeff Kurkjian, before yesterday’s game to talk about his experiences in Frederick and the transition from starter to reliever.

*The Frederick Keys are all about helping out the local community and are always looking for new ways to give back. Earlier today, second baseman Jerome Pena and catcher Michael Ohlman went out to Poolesville, MD to hang out with some other ball players at the Stevens Park Summer Rec Program.

Keys catcher Allan de San Miguel visited Frederick’s Seed of Life Nurseries today as well to talk to the kids about eating healthy.

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Photos Courtesy of Ashley Dickson

*We have about 200 hundred full-time and game-day staffers here at Harry Grove Stadium, so it is safe to say that running a professional ball club is somewhat of a big production.  Despite the sheer number of staffers, there is only one Robbie.  The Frederick News-Post sat down with part-time staff member, Robbie Shaffer, his family and other staff members of the Keys to discuss how much of an influence just one teenager has on the entire ball club. You can read Stan Goldberg’s entire article here.

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Robbie Shaffer with his dad and Assistant General Manager of The Frederick Keys, Adam Pohl
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“It means a lot because I love sports and I love being around people,” Robbie said of his job. “It has helped my self-esteem.”

*Congratulations to last night’s Twit Pic winner of the game, Nick Dabruzzo!

Mudcats In Frederick For Sunday Funday

Last night’s game is a tough one to talk about  for the more than 8,000 Keys fans at Harry Grove Stadium.  The Carolina Mudcats beat the Keys last night 11-1.

Glynn Davis scored the only Keys run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of a RBI single by Delvi Cid. In his first game back at the Grove after being transferred from Double-A Bowie, Cid went 2-for-2 with two singles, one RBI and a stolen base.

*If you missed last night’s game, check out the Frederick News-Post’s  game story here.

Julio Rodriguez will start tonight for Frederick. In his last start with Frederick, he walked six batters and allowed four runs on one hit, a homer, in just two innings in his last start before he was pulled from the game at Wilmington.

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Tucker Nathans is the man to look out for tonight batting in the five spot tonight.  He went 2-for-4 last night with a double. In five games with Frederick this season, he is batting .389 with two doubles, a RBI and a stolen base. Nathans went undrafted out of Fairfield but was signed in 2013 by the Orioles after two years of independent ball.

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Tucker Nathans with the Shorebirds.

*For all of the information you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*The Baltimore Orioles organization sent three players to the All-Star Futures game including current Frederick Keys first baseman, Christian Walker.

The U.S. team defeated the World team 4-2. Walker did not start, however he finished the game 0-for-2 with a pop out and a strikeout.  In his first at-bat, he faced former Keys pitcher, Eduardo Rodriguez, who is currently pitching for Double-A Bowie.

*Last night’s starter, Trent Howard, sat down with Keys broadcaster, Tim Murray, before yesterday’s game.

*Check out our newest blog poll below.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No, It’s Superhero Night!

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Frank Key is ready for Superhero Night, are you?

You Kent ask for a better finish than last night’s game against the Mudcats. Trust me, we aren’t Jokering! The Keys ended up Robin the win from Carolina with a walk-off sacrifice fly from Christian Walker in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Keys scored the only run of the game and finished on top, 1-0.

*Christian Walker hopped on a train this morning to head to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Walker spoke with Frederick News-Post’s writer, Greg Swatek after last night’s walk-off win.

“I am looking forward to everything, just being in the atmosphere of being in a big league park and all those guys. They are great players. They are there for a reason. It should be a good experience.”

*Click here to read Swatek’s entire story on the Frederick News-Post’s website.

*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, will join Walker in representing the Baltimore Orioles Organization along with Henry Urrutia.

Trent Howard pitched five great innings giving up just one hit and no runs. He struck out five in his best start of the season, however, he did not factor into the decision. Miguel Chalas and Gene Escat pitched a combined four scoreless inning and only gave up three hits. Escat was credited with the win.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonights game against Carolina

Keep your X-Ray vision on Michael Ohlman in tonight’s game. He is batting .364 with four homers and nine RBIs in the month of July.  Tucker Nathans has been flying under the radar since he came up from Delmarva last week.  In four games, Nathans is batting .357 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.

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Zach Clark, who was just transferred from Double-A Bowie, will start tonight for the Keys. He is currently 1-4 with the Baysox in five starts this season.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Zach Davies sat down with Keys broadcaster Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.

*Dust off your spandex tights and tighty whities and head over to Harry Grove Stadium tonight for Superhero Night!!

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*It is also Dylan Bundy Bobblehead giveaway night and the line has already started forming in front of the stadium for gates to open at 5pm for our 6pm game!

For more information, you can check out our other blog post about the bobble head giveaway

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