Guess Your Keys: Wednesday March 26, 2014

Happy Wednesday Keys Fans!

The snow has melted off the field and we should be in the clear for Keys Opening Day, which is only 13 days away! Things are really staring to pick up here and we look forward to another great season here at The Grove. Within the last couple of days we have been busy continuing to get things ready for the season and getting those highly anticipated pocket schedules out in the area and finalizing some events this season. We have added NHL Day on April 12th for the 2p.m. game. Come out to the field and meet Washington Capitals Alumni Alan May and Craig Laughlin. The Caps mascot Slapshot will also be in attendance. Gates open at 1p.m.

On the O’s front, Baltimore on a split squad day defeated the Boston Red Sox 5-4. Miguel Gonzalez recorded the win with offensive help from recently announced backup catcher Steve Clevenger, who hit a solo home run in the second. Second baseman Jemile Weeks stated his cause for the starting second base position by going 2-5 from the lead off spot.

The other half of the Orioles split squad will play tonight at 7:05p.m. Chris Tillman will be on the bump against David Price and the Tampa Bay Rays from Charlotte Sports Park.

In today’s edition of Guess Your Keys we have a total of seven players who could be in Frederick to start the year, including an early season rehab assignment. Rosters should be coming out soon so it’s time to finish our list as quickly as we can.

Bennett Parry

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courtesy: milb.com

Vitals

Position: LHP

Age: 22

Height: 6-6

Weight: 225

More on Parry:

A towering presence at 6-6, Parry has been a pleasant surprise for the Orioles organization. Taken in the 40th round of the 2011 draft, the southpaw posted a 3.49 ERA over 16 games with Low-A Delmarva last season. Working as both a starter and reliever, Parry went 2-1 with a 3.14 ERA as a starter and 0-1 with a 4.41 mark as a bullpen-hand. Tough to handle in July, he registered a 2.89 ERA over five games.

The California native spent 2012 with the GCL Orioles and Short-Season Aberdeen. Combined, he went 1-4 with a 2.70 ERA. Utilizing long limbs and a three-quarter arm slot, Parry has proven difficult to hit. He held South Atlantic League hitters to a .248 batting average last season, while he held opponents to a .219 clip the year prior.

Parry played his college baseball at Cal State Northridge after attending Poway High School. Known for its strong baseball tradition, Poway produced Hall-of-Famer Tony Gwynn and three-time MLB All-Star Gary Templeton.

Torsten Boss

 

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Vitals

Position: INF

Age: 23

Height: 6-0

Weight: 195

More on Boss:

Selected by the Orioles in the eighth round of the 2012 draft, Boss spent the entire 2013 season with Low-A Delmarva. Over 106 games, he ranked third on the team in RBI (45) and doubles (21), while he finished with 10 multi-RBI games. That includes a season-best six RBI effort on May 12 at Hagerstown.

After being drafted in 2012, Boss spent the majority of his first professional season with short-season Aberdeen. However he got a two-game taste of life at Advanced-A. In seven at-bats he finished with one hit and a run scored.

Rated the 15th-best prospect in the Orioles’ system by Baseball America in 2012, Boss, 23, received All-Big Ten honors in all three of his seasons at Michigan State, wrapping up his career with a .337 batting average, a .425 on-base percentage, 18 homers, 143 RBIs and 40 doubles. He is the highest-drafted Spartan third baseman since first-rounder Steve Garvey in 1968. Boss also owns the high school record in Michigan for most career triples (28).

Mark Blackmar

 

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Vitals:

Position: RHP

Age: 21

Height: 6-3

Weight: 215

More on Blackmar:

A former Texas 5A Player of the Year in high school, Blackmar has spent time as both a starter and reliever since being drafted by the Orioles. In 24 games with Low-A Delmarva in 2013, he went 4-9 with a 5.53 ERA. That higher earned run average can be attributed to first-half struggles. Used exclusively as a starter, he went 0-5 with a 7.34 ERA in his first nine games.

After a pair of second-half starts, Blackmar transitioned to the bullpen in July. Looking more comfortable, he went 3-4 with a 3.62 ERA as a reliever, while he allowed only five earned runs over his final 18.2 innings.

Drafted by Baltimore in the 16th round of the 2011 draft out of Temple Junior College, Blackmar did not allow a run over his first 18 professional innings. In his first season with the GCL Orioles, he went 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 10 games (17.2 IP/0R). Born in Corpus Christi, TX, he is the son of professional golfer Phil Blackmar. The elder Blackmar played on the PGA Tour from 1985-2000, and is now on the Champions Tour.

Roderick Bernadina

 

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courtesy: milb.com

Vitals:

Position: OF

Age: 21

Height: 5-10

Weight: 167

More on Bernadina:

Bernadina begins his fifth season in the Orioles season, after spending all of 2013 with Low-A Delmarva. He finished second on the team in stolen bases (12) and finished one swipe short of his career-high.

Although he never advanced to the Carolina League last season, Bernadina made a four-game cameo in a Keys uniform in 2012. In 13 at-bats, he registered just one hit – a grand slam. That eighth-inning blast helped lead Frederick to a 10-5 victory at Wilmington on July 23. Afterwards, he was transferred back to Delmarva, where he finished with a .298 batting average.

Signed by the Orioles just before his 17th birthday, Bernadina, 21, was rated the #22 prospect in the Orioles system following the 2011 season by Baseball America. His older brother, Roger, has six seasons of MLB service time with Washington and Philadelphia.  In 2013, the elder Bernadina hit a combined .181 over 112 games between the Nationals and Phillies.

Sander Beck

 

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Vitals:

Position: RHP

Age: 23

Height: 6-3

Weight: 215

More on Beck:

Beck was dominant in limited action with low-A Delmarva in 2013. Over 14 games, he posted a 2.61 ERA, while he allowed only two earned runs over his first 10 contests.

The 6-3 right-hander was dominant in his first professional season with Short-Season Aberdeen. He led the Ironbirds in strikeouts (59), while he held opponents to a .177 batting average, the 4th-lowest mark in the New York-Penn League.

Drafted by the Orioles in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB draft, Beck signed with Baltimore as a non-drafted free agent following his senior season at Maryland. Originally from Millersville, MD, Beck played for four seasons for the Terps, the last three primarily as a starter. As a senior, he went 6-2 record with a 2.87 ERA.

Chance Sisco

 

Vitals:

Position: C

Age: 19

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190

More on Sisco:

In 2013, the Orioles selected three catchers in the first six rounds of the draft. Viewed as the prized possession of the group, Sisco signed for $785,000 after being taken 61st overall. He played 33 games in his first professional season, spending the bulk of his time with the GCL Orioles. Starting with Baltimore’s Rookie-affiliate he hit .371 with four doubles and 11 RBIs. Sisco also showed good discipline, earning 17 walks.

A catcher who is still learning his trade, Sisco was primarily a pitcher, third baseman, and shortstop at Santiago (CA) High School until his senior season. That February, scouts took notice of Sisco after a Major League Scouting Bureau workout. In his final year of high school ball, he did not commit an error behind the plate and threw out 15 would-be basestealers. At the plate, Sisco hit .467 and posted a .747 slugging percentage. Listed as Baltimore’s No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America, the lefty swinger committed to play college baseball at Oregon before deciding to go pro.

Dylan Bundy

 

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courtesy: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

Vitals

Position: RHP

Age: 21

Height: 6-1

Weight: 195

More on Bundy:

The No. 1 overall prospect in the Orioles system and one of the top pitching prospects in the game, Bundy missed all of 2013 on account of Tommy John surgery. Performed by Dr. James Andrews last June, the right-hander was shutdown in March with elbow soreness. At the start of spring training, the Orioles projected Bundy would be stretched out and ready to pitch in the majors if necessary, by June or July.

Selected by the Orioles with the fourth overall selection in the 2011 draft, Bundy received a $4 million signing bonus and proved to be worth every penny in 2012. Pitching at three different levels of the minors, the hard-throwing righty went 9-3 with a 2.08 ERA. Of his 21 minor league starts, 12 came with Frederick, where he went 6-3 with a 2.84 ERA.

Called up to the Orioles in late-September 2012, Bundy allowed one hit over 1.2 innings. He was the first prep player from his draft class to reach the major leagues, besting 2013 NL Rookie of the Year winner Jose Fernandez.

That will do it for this edition of Guess Your Keys, check in tomorrow as Geoff will be back to finish it up with a local prospect to round out our guesses for the 2014 season.

Till next time. Shake your Keys!

Chris

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