Guess Your Keys: Wednesday, March 19
Oh say, can you see, by the… oh Happy Hump Day Keys fans!
My apologies, just still in the process of getting the Star Spangled Banner out of my head. Last night at the FSK Mall we had a great turnout of some very talented fans vying for a spot this year to perform the National Anthem here at Harry Grove, and I want to wish them all the best of luck. As for me on the other hand, it’s time for a healthy dose of iTunes to set me straight.
Orioles opening day is rapidly approaching with something called “spring” as well. However nothing really “springy” has happened in the last few days, just cold weather and some snow. Luckily the teams are enjoying the warm Florida weather, but falling in their St. Patrick Day hats to the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4.
In other O’s news pitchers Dylan Bundy and Johan Santana continue their rehab assignments and threw off of a rehab mound today. Which can make a Keys fan think, where in the system will they start the season? Will either start with the Keys? We don’t know yet, however I do know that it’s a perfect time for another Guess Your Keys! Today we have a couple of infielders including a member of the 2013 club and an O’s top 20 prospect.
More on Marin:
Only 20 years old, Marin comes off a solid 2013 campaign with Low-A Delmarva. In his first full-season, he hit .265 and finished second on the Shorebirds with 48 RBI. Hitting out of the eight-hole for most of the season, Marin got more comfortable with South Atlantic League pitching in the second half. Over his final 51 games, the Miami native hit .275, while he added nearly 50 points to his slugging percentage. The one knack on Marin at the plate was on-base percentage (.310), attributed in large-part to strikeouts (99 K in 388 AB). Rated the 12th overall prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, the same publication has also called Marin the “best defensive infielder” in the Baltimore farm system. Selected by the O’s in the third round of the 2012 draft out Gulliver Prep (FL), Marin originally committed to the University of Miami. However, he was lured away by a reported $481,100 signing bonus. Marin caught scouts’ attention during his senior season, when he homered off current Rangers prospect Joey Gallo in the National High School Invitational.
More on Mosby:
And no he’s related to a Ted Mosby for those “How I Met Your Mother” fans.
Mike is not your average third baseman. In past years he’s seen each view from the defensive side playing each infield position, but has seen more nowadays from the both corner infield positions. 2013 proved to be challenging season for Mosby, as a strained oblique and a quadriceps injury limited him to 46 games. The majority of those (38) were played with the Keys. In his second stint with Frederick, Mosby hit .278 with five home runs and 20 RBIs. Predominantly a third baseman in his first season at Advanced-A, Mosby spent the majority of last season at first, while also seeing time at second and third. Defensively, Mosby made considerable improvement in 2013. After committing 19 errors in 82 games in 2012, he made only two defensive miscues in 38 games last season. The Kentucky native made the jump to Frederick in 2012. In 82 games with the Keys, he hit .234 with four homers and 34 RBIs. Prior to joining the team, he had never hit above .230 in rookie ball. Drafted by the Orioles out of Wabash Valley College in Illinois in the 14th round of the 2010 draft, Mosby dominated in junior college. He hit .451 with 18 home runs, 82 RBI and stole 19 bases as a sophomore before being selected by the O’s in the 14th round of the 2010 draft.
We will have more for you tomorrow. Shake your keys!