Guess Your Keys: Friday, March 21
Happy Friday Keys Fans!
Who’s happy with their bracket? I know I’m not. Luckily I didn’t have Duke in my Final Four, but still a loss to Mercer has to practically kill most brackets. Warren Buffett is probably sitting in one of his many mansion just laughing at all the bracket that were entered in for his billion dollars.
Stepping away from College Basketball, the Major League Baseball season with begin tomorrow from Sydney, Australia. The Dodgers and Diamondbacks will play at the Sydney Cricket Grounds slated to begin at 7pm Sydney time, or 4am ET… and well, 1am PT. Good luck staying up to those die hard’s out west.
Some news from the Orioles front, Manny Machado has been cleared to continue his rehab assignment. The good news came following his follow-up appointment Thursday on his surgically repaired knee. Also Luis Ayala was at the O’s complex today to undergo a physical. A deal has not been made official yet, but when it does look for Ayala to begin the season somewhere in the minors. And speaking of the minors it seems like a good time for that thing you probably all are reading this post for, Guess Your Keys!
Yesterday Geoff gave you a little insight to today’s group, so without further a due I give you the Friday, March 21st edition.
More on Torres:
Torres spent his first full season at Low-A Delmarva, going 1-3 with a 3.22 ERA and one save over 25 games. Things got off to a rocky start for the Massachusetts native. Over his first six outings he went 0-2 with a 7.45 ERA. However, he turned things around over the final three months. After Torres allowed eight earned runs over 9.2 innings in April, he surrendered only eight runs over the final three months of the season, posting a 2.35 ERA over his final 35 innings. Right-handed hitters really struggled against Torres, collectively hitting .186 with only four extra-base hits.
The right-hander made his debut with the GCL Orioles in 2012. Drafted earlier that season by Baltimore in the 28th round out of UMass, Torres personifies an “against the odds” story. As a student at Central Catholic (MA) High School, Torres was cut from the baseball team all four years. Following graduation, he enrolled at UMass and decided to walk-on. Trying out at third base, he impressed Minutemen pitching coach Mike Sweeney was converted to pitcher. As a junior, he served as the team’s No. 1 starter going 4-4 with a 3.34 ERA over 12 starts. He tossed a team-best 89 innings, and helped lead his team to an Atlantic-10 tournament berth.
More on Yastrzemski:
The grandson of Hall of Famer and Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski, Michael begins his second season in the Orioles system. He spent all of 2013 with Short-Season Aberdeen. In 57 games, he hit .273 with three home runs and 25 RBIs. Named the organization’s Minor League Offensive Player of the month in July, Yastrzemski hit .337 with 12 RBIs and collected 31 hits. An outfielder who played both corners and saw time in centerfield, the lefty swinger also played in the New York-Penn League All-Star game.
Selected by the Red Sox in the 36th round of the 2009 draft out of St John’s Prep (MA), Yastrzemski elected to attend Vanderbilt University instead. There, he helped lead the Commodores to the 2011 College World Series. As a senior, he hit .322 earning a First Team All-SEC selection as well as Third Team All-American honors. Not a major power threat, Yastrzemski once homered off former Key (and O’s No. 2 prospect according to Baseball America) Kevin Gausman when the later was pitching for LSU. In addition to his grandfather, Yastrzemski’s father Mike was a former third-round pick by the Braves in 1984. He made it to Triple-A with the White Sox.
More on Chalas:
Used mostly as a starter in his first three professional seasons, Chalas made a smooth transition to the bullpen in 2013. He opened the season with Delmarva, and tallied a 3.24 ERA over 13 games. Tough against righties (.245) and lefties (.221), he held opponents to a combined .231 batting average before his promotion to Frederick on June 3.
With the Keys, Chalas proved to be an innings eater. In 22 appearances, the righty went two or more frames on 19 occasions, while he pitched three innings in each of his last seven games. It was a nice cap-off for Chalas, after he posed a 5.02 ERA in 24 games with Delmarva in 2012.
Signed as a 17-year-old, the righty started strong in the Orioles’ organization. He went 5-1 with a 1.72 ERA in the Dominican Summer League in 2010 and 5-3 with a 2.93 ERA in the Gulf Coast League in 2011.
More on Starr:
Following 2012 where Starr made three stops at Orioles minor league outposts, the Canadian spent all of 2013 with the Keys. In addition to playing a career-high 115 games, he set personal-bests in hits (90), home runs (six), runs scored (44) and RBIs (45). Additionally, he posted 20 multi-hit games.
Starr’s best month came in April, where he hit .301 over 24 games. Over one-third of his RBIs came during that initial stretch, while he stroked six doubles as well. However over the next four months, Starr never hit above ,210. Standing 5-8, the shortstop/second baseman made cameos with the Keys in 2011 and 2012.
Grabbed by Baltimore in the 34th round of the 2010 draft out of the University of British Columbia, Starr was a four-year starter at shortstop for the Thunderbirds. As a senior, he hit .366 with 15 doubles and 41 RBIs and posted a .429 on-base percentage. As a sophomore he played for team Canada at the World University games.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Enjoy all the College Basketball and the Opening Series if you can stay awake.
Till next time. Shake your Keys!