April 2014

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-29

Good Morning Keys Fans!

The Frederick Keys and Carolina Mudcats are set to play a doubleheader this morning (weather permitting). In game one, Brady Wager will face-off against CL ERA leader Ryan Merritt who comes in at 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA. In game two, Frederick native Branden Kline will tangle with Dartmouth graduate Cole Sulser. Kline sports the seventh-best ERA in the CL, and leads the league with 29 innings pitched.

Some game notes for this morning are below.

Talk soon!

Geoff

 

Tuesday, Apr. 29, 2014 · Game #24/25 · Home Game #13/#14

Frederick Keys (10-13) vs Carolina Mudcats (12-10)

      G1: RHP Brady Wager (2-2, 7.11) vs. LHP Ryan Merritt (3-0, 0.37)

                                                 G2: RHP Branden Kline (1-1, 2.48) vs. RHP Cole Sulser (0-2, 3.22)    

 

RAIN DANCE: The Frederick Keys and the Carolina Mudcats were rained out on Monday night. The two games will be made up as part of a Tuesday morning doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. It is the second morning twinbill Frederick has played this season. In the first one, Frederick took both games at Winston-Salem. One week ago, the team split its second doubleheader with Carolina.

TEE IT UP: The Frederick Keys used a five-run third, outstanding relief pitching by Mark Blackmar, and the hot bat of Manny Machado to defeat the Carolina Mudcats 10-3 on Sunday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium. The five-run frame was the most profitable stanza of the season for the Keys, who also equaled their season-high total for hits in an inning (five). On the mound, Blackmar tossed a season-high 5.1 innings of one-run baseball, while Machado paced everyone at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Sunday’s win was the first at home against Carolina this season, after the Mudcats won the previous four matchups at the Grove.

MANNY MANIA: In his third day of an MLB rehab on Sunday, Manny Machado had his best day yet. Playing third base for the second straight day, the Miami native went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. The four hits equaled the most by an individual in a Keys uniform this season, while it marked the second time in three games that Machado had recorded a pair of two-baggers in a contest. Over three games with the Keys, the 21-year-old hit .667 (8-for-12) with four doubles, a triple, two RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base. Machado started his rehab assignment in Frederick on Friday after undergoing offseason surgery on his left knee. An American League All-Star with Baltimore in 2013, the Florida native hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs over 156 games with the O’s last season. Selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado was part of the 2011 Keys team that won the Mills Cup. The fourth title in team history, he was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

EVERYBODY HITS: Frederick posted its second largest run output of the season on Sunday. The 10 runs were two-short of the club’s season-high on April 13, when the Keys notched 12 against Lynchburg. One big inning got the ball rolling, as the Keys scored half of their runs in the third inning. In the frame, 10 men came to bat, making it the third time all season the team had batted around in an inning. Frederick also sent nine men to bat in the sixth, leading to three runs. In total, eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit, while Michael Burgess (three), Manny Machado (two) and Lucas Herbst (two) each drove in multiple runs.

BLACKJACK: Mark Blackmar gave the Keys valuable innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. Tossing 5.2 innings, the Texan allowed one run of five hits, walking one and striking out three. It was the longest outing by a Frederick bullpen-hand this season (eclipsing the four-inning stint by Miguel Chalas on April 14 against Lynchburg). Meanwhile, it was Blackmar’s longest outing since June 23, 2013, when he tossed six innings of three-run baseball as a member of Low-A Delmarva’s starting rotation. The right-hander currently leads all Keys relievers in innings pitched (17.2).

OUT OF THE DARKNESS, INTO THE LIGHT:  Glynn Davis endeda three-game hitless stretch on Sunday, going 1-for-2 with three runs and three walks.Hitless in his previous 16 at-bats (stretching back to Wednesday), Davis snapped the skid in the third with a single to left. Although the recent slump has cut his batting average from .414 to .349, the Baltimore native is still third in Carolina League in hitting. He is also third in hits (30) and second in runs scored (19).

SOUTHPAW STRUGGLES: For the second straight day, the Keys could not diagnose a left-handed starting pitcher. Facing Shawn Morimando, the Frederick was limited to one run on two hits over 6.2 frames. This season, the club is only 1-5 when facing a lefty starter, while the Keys are hitting just .233 off southpaws this year. Morimando has been particularly difficult to crack. The No. 22 prospect in the Indians system according to Baseball America, the lefty is 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA (18.2IP/3R/1ER) against the Keys in 2014. Tonight the team sees southpaw Ryan Merritt for a second time. He paces the Carolina League with a 0.37 ERA, and tossed a seven-inning complete game (7IP/R/0ER) against the Keys one week ago.

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE!:After getting off to a slow start, Michael Burgess has been red-hot over the last week and a half. The Keys outfielder has hit safely in five straight, as well as in nine of his last 10 games, to jolt his average from .209 to .274 (the highest it has been all season).  A force in the middle of the order, 10 of Burgess’ 23 hits have gone for extra-bases. Currently, the Tampa native leads the team in homers (three), doubles (seven), and RBIs (14).

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last 10 games, raising his batting average from .194-.260. The 10-game streak is tied for the third longest by a player in the Carolina League this season, as the Connecticut native trails only Glynn Davis (11 games) and Erik Gonzalez (16). Esposito has also been sharp at third. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 50 chances that have come his way.

WEBB TO THE DL: Last Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Ryan Merritt makes his fifth start for Carolina this season, and his second against the Keys. The Carolina League’s ERA leader (0.37), the 22-year-old has surrendered only one earned run (two in total) over 24.1 innings. During that time, he has held opponents to a league-low .165 average, and has a WHIP of 0.82. The author of the CL’s only complete game this season, it came in his last start against Frederick on April 21. Pitching the second game of a doubleheader, the lefty allowed one unearned run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Merritt made a cameo with the Mudcats in 2013, posting a 5.00 ERA (9IP/5ER) over two late-August starts. He spent the bulk of his year at Low-A Lake County, where he went 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA over 24 games (23 starts). His ERA was the fourth-best among Indians farmhands. Utilizing pinpoint command, Merritt walked only 18 over 126.1 innings, the second fewest in the Midwest League last year. Closing out the year strong, the Texan allowed only 14 earned runs over his final 53.2 frames. Selected by Cleveland in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, Merritt was taken out of McLennan Community College. There, he posted a 1.23 ERA and struck out 88 over 88 innings. A second-team All-State selection out of Celina High School (TX), he tallied a 0.98 ERA and hit .455. A three-pitch pitcher, Merritt throws an upper-80s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-28-14

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

Manny Mania continues on Monday night, when the Keys face the CL’s top pitcher, Ryan Merritt. On the season, the lefty is 3-0 with a 0.37 ERA. Machado will serve as the Keys DH.

Some game notes are below. Talk soon!

Geoff

 

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 · Game #24 · Home Game #13

Frederick Keys (10-13) vs Carolina Mudcats (12-10)

                 RHP Brady Wager (2-2, 7.11) vs. LHP Ryan Merritt (3-0, 0.37)

TEE IT UP: The Frederick Keys used a five-run third, outstanding relief pitching by Mark Blackmar, and the hot bat of Manny Machado to defeat the Carolina Mudcats 10-3 on Sunday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium. The five-run frame was the most profitable stanza of the season for the Keys, who also equaled their season-high total for hits in an inning (five). On the mound, Blackmar tossed a season-high 5.1 innings of one-run baseball, while Machado paced everyone at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Sunday’s win was the first at home against Carolina this season, after the Mudcats won the previous four matchups at the Grove.

MANNY MANIA: In his third day of an MLB rehab on Sunday, Manny Machado had his best day yet. Playing third base for the second straight day, the Miami native went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored. The four hits equaled the most by an individual in a Keys uniform this season, while it marked the second time in three games that Machado had recorded a pair of two-baggers in a contest. Over three games with the Keys, the 21-year-old is batting .667 (8-for-12) with four doubles, a triple, two RBI, five runs scored and a stolen base. Machado started his rehab assignment in Frederick on Friday after undergoing offseason surgery on his left knee. An American League All-Star with Baltimore in 2013, the Florida native hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs over 156 games with the O’s last season. Selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado was part of the 2011 Keys team that won the Mills Cup. The fourth title in team history, he was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

EVERYBODY HITS: Frederick posted its second largest run output of the season on Sunday. The 10 runs were two-short of the club’s season-high on April 13, when the Keys notched 12 against Lynchburg. One big inning got the ball rolling, as the Keys scored half of their runs in the third inning. In the frame, 10 men came to bat, making it the third time all season the team had batted around in an inning. Frederick also sent nine men to bat in the sixth, leading to three runs. In total, eight of the nine starters recorded at least one hit, while Michael Burgess (three), Manny Machado (two) and Lucas Herbst (two) each drove in multiple runs.

BLACKJACK: Mark Blackmar gave the Keys valuable innings out of the bullpen on Saturday. Tossing 5.2 innings, the Texan allowed one run of five hits, walking one and striking out three. It was the longest outing by a Frederick bullpen-hand this season (eclipsing the four-inning stint by Miguel Chalas on April 14 against Lynchburg). Meanwhile, it was Blackmar’s longest outing since June 23, 2013, when he tossed six innings of three-run baseball as a member of Low-A Delmarva’s starting rotation. The right-hander currently leads all Keys relievers in innings pitched (17.2).

OUT OF THE DARKNESS, INTO THE LIGHT:  Glynn Davis endeda three-game hitless stretch on Sunday, going 1-for-2 with three runs and three walks.Hitless in his previous 16 at-bats (stretching back to Wednesday), Davis snapped the skid in the third with a single to left. Although the recent slump has cut his batting average from .414 to .349, the Baltimore native is still third in Carolina League in hitting. He is also third in hits (30) and second in runs scored (19).

SOUTHPAW STRUGGLES: For the second straight day, the Keys could not diagnose a left-handed starting pitcher. Facing Shawn Morimando, the Frederick was limited to one run on two hits over 6.2 frames. This season, the club is only 1-5 when facing a lefty starter, while the Keys are hitting just .233 off southpaws this year. Morimando has been particularly difficult to crack. The No. 22 prospect in the Indians system according to Baseball America, the lefty is 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA (18.2IP/3R/1ER) against the Keys in 2014. Tonight the team sees southpaw Ryan Merritt for a second time. He paces the Carolina League with a 0.37 ERA, and tossed a seven-inning complete game (7IP/R/0ER) against the Keys one week ago.

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE!:After getting off to a slow start, Michael Burgess has been red-hot over the last week and a half. The Keys outfielder has hit safely in five straight, as well as in nine of his last 10 games, to jolt his average from .209 to .274 (the highest it has been all season).  A force in the middle of the order, 10 of Burgess’ 23 hits have gone for extra-bases. Currently, the Tampa native leads the team in homers (three), doubles (seven), and RBIs (14).

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last 10 games, raising his batting average from .194-.260. The 10-game streak is tied for the third longest by a player in the Carolina League this season, as the Connecticut native trails only Glynn Davis (11 games) and Erik Gonzalez (16). Esposito has also been sharp at third. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 50 chances that have come his way.

WEBB TO THE DL: Last Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Ryan Merritt makes his fifth start for Carolina this season, and his second against the Keys. The Carolina League’s ERA leader (0.37), the 22-year-old has surrendered only one earned run (two in total) over 24.1 innings. During that time, he has held opponents to a league-low .165 average, and has a WHIP of 0.82. The author of the CL’s only complete game this season, it came in his last start against Frederick on April 21. Pitching the second game of a doubleheader, the lefty allowed one unearned run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Merritt made a cameo with the Mudcats in 2013, posting a 5.00 ERA (9IP/5ER) over two late-August starts. He spent the bulk of his year at Low-A Lake County, where he went 6-9 with a 3.42 ERA over 24 games (23 starts). His ERA was the fourth-best among Indians farmhands. Utilizing pinpoint command, Merritt walked only 18 over 126.1 innings, the second fewest in the Midwest League last year. Closing out the year strong, the Texan allowed only 14 earned runs over his final 53.2 frames. Selected by Cleveland in the 16th round of the 2011 draft, Merritt was taken out of McLennan Community College. There, he posted a 1.23 ERA and struck out 88 over 88 innings. A second-team All-State selection out of Celina High School (TX), he tallied a 0.98 ERA and hit .455. A three-pitch pitcher, Merritt throws an upper-80s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-27-14

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

Manny Machado is back in the lineup at third base today. Since joining the Keys on an MLB rehab assignment Friday, he is 4-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and a run scored.

Some game notes are attached for today’s Sunday Funday tilt which gets underway at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 27, 2014 · Game #23 · Home Game #12

Frederick Keys (9-13) vs Carolina Mudcats (12-9)

                 RHP Jesse Beal (0-0, 4.15) vs. RHP Michael Peoples (0-1, 5.14)

NO LUCK WITH THE LEATHER: Frederick tied a season-high with three errors, while Carolina lefty Shawn Morimando tossed six innings of two-hit, one-run baseball, as the Mudcats doubled up the Keys 4-2 on Saturday afternoon at Harry Grove Stadium. It was the second time in three games that Frederick had made three defensive miscues, and resulted in no earned runs being charged to Matt Taylor or Mychal Givens. With the loss, the Keys drop to 2-9 in home games, and 0-4 in contests at the Grove against Carolina.

MANNY MANIA: Continuing his MLB rehab on Saturday, Manny Machado played his first game at third base after serving as the DH on Friday. Defensively, the 21-year-old executed six of his seven chances. He was tagged with an error in the fifth inning, after a throw pulled first baseman Creede Simpson off the bag. At the plate, Machado went 1-for-4. In two games with the Keys he is 4-for-8 with two doubles, a triple and a run scored. He is currently recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. An American League All-Star with Baltimore in 2013, the Florida native hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs over 156 games with the O’s last season. Selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado was part of the 2011 Keys team that won the Mills Cup. The fourth title in team history, he was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

WE PLAY THE ROAD: After going 1-6 over the first homestand of 2014, things have not been much easier since returning from Zebulon, NC. Saturday’s loss to Carolina dropped Frederick to 2-9 in games at the Grove this season, while the Keys have lost three of four over the current homestand. The two home wins are the fewest by a CL team, while Winston-Salem is second with just three wins on its home turf. Strangely, only two Carolina League clubs have winning records at home this season. Potomac sports a 6-4 mark at Pfitzner Stadium, and Carolina has a 6-5 record at Five County Stadium.

TROUBLE WITH THE LEATHER: Despite having a Gold Glove third baseman in the lineup, the Keys committed three errors on Saturday. Machado was tagged with one, while Mychal Givens and Matt Taylor were hit for the other two. Over the last four games, Frederick has committed eight errors in the field. In the process, the Keys have dropped to fourth in the league in fielding percentage (.973). The recent struggles come on the heels of a seven-game stretch (April 13-20) where the team did not make a defensive miscue.

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE!:After getting off to a slow start, Michael Burgess has found his groove over the last week. The Keys outfielder has hit safely in four straight, as well as in eight of his last nine games, to jolt his average from .209 to .266. A force in the middle of the order, nearly half (10 of 21) of Burgess’ hits have gone for extra-bases. Currently, the Tampa native is tied for fifth in the league in homers (5) sits just outside the top five in doubles (seven), while he leads the club in RBIs (11).

SOUTHPAW STRUGGLES: For the second straight day, the Keys could not diagnose a left-handed starting pitcher. Facing Shawn Morimando, the Frederick was limited to one run on two hits over 6.2 frames. This season, the club is only 1-5 when facing a lefty starter, while the Keys are hitting just .233 off southpaws this year. Morimando has been particularly difficult to crack. The No. 22 prospect in the Indians system according to Baseball America, the lefty is 3-0 with a 0.48 ERA (18.2IP/3R/1ER) against the Keys in 2014. After facing Michael Peoples today, Frederick will see another southpaw, Ryan Merritt, on Monday. He paces the Carolina League with a 0.37 ERA.

CAUGHT IN A TRAP:  For time all season, Glynn Davis has gone hitless in three straight games. After going 0-for-4 on Saturday, the Keys leadoff man is now hitless in his last 15 at-bats (stretching back to Wednesday). In the process, it has dropped his batting average from .414 to .345, the second-lowest it has been all season. Currently fifth in the Carolina League in hitting (.345), Davis is tied for the CL lead in hits (29) with Carolina’s Erik Gonzalez and Lynchburg’s Jose Peraza. He is also tied for fourth in runs scored (16).

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last 10 games, raising his batting average from .194-.260. The 10-game streak is the third longest by a player in the Carolina League this season, as the Connecticut native trails only Glynn Davis (11 games) and Erik Gonzalez (16). Esposito has also been sharp at third. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 50 chances that have come his way.

WEBB TO THE DL: On Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Michael Peoples makes his fourth start of the season and his third against the Keys. The Texan’s last start came against Frederick on April 21, when he tossed three innings and allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits. Peoples’ best start of the season came against the Keys on April 10, when he allowed three runs on seven hits over six innings. This is the righty’s second year in the Carolina League, after splitting 2013 between Low-A and Advanced-A. In eight games with the Mudcats, he went 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA over 41.0 innings. Prior to joining Carolina in late-May, Peoples spent the majority of the first two months as a bullpen-hand for Low-A Lake County. In nine relief appearances with the Captains, he was 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA. The Texan also made a pair of starts, allowing five runs in eight innings. Selected by Cleveland in the 14th round of the 2012 draft, Peoples played his college baseball at Western Oklahoma State College. As a freshman, he was part of a ballclub that won the NJCAA Division II National Championship. Some of WSOC’s alumni include Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Giants outfielder Juan Perez. Peoples throws a fastball, curveball and a changeup. Originally from Weatherford, Texas, Peoples hails from the same hometown as current Orioles reliever and ex-Frederick Key Zach Britton. Former Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn was also born in Weatherford. Pitching for Chicago in the 1910s, the left-hander won over 20 games in five seasons (that includes a National League-leading 22 in 1918.

 

Game Notes 4-26-14

Good morning Keys Fans!

Coming off a three-hit game, Manny Machado continues his MLB rehab on Saturday afternoon against the Carolina Mudcats. He is scheduled to play third base.

Some game notes are attached below. Chat soon!

Geoff

 

Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014 · Game #22 · Home Game #11

Frederick Keys (9-12) vs Carolina Mudcats (11-9)

                 LHP Matt Taylor (2-0, 2.14) vs. LHP Shawn Morimando (2-0, 2.45)

KEYS FALL IN MACHADO’S RETURN: Playing in a Frederick Keys uniform for the first time since the 2011 season, Manny Machado showed little rust in his first game of an MLB rehab assignment. On the night, the 21-year-old went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored, however the Keys fell to Myrtle Beach 5-3 in the series finale. Hanser Alberto led the way for the Pelicans, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Victor Payano tossed five innings of two-run baseball, tallying eight strikeouts.

MANNY MANIA: The three hits by Manny Machado led all Keys on Friday, while it marked the first time all season that a member of the Keys had recorded three extra-base hits in a game. Originally slated to play third base, the Floridian was moved to DH on account of wet field conditions. Machado is expected to spend the entire weekend at Harry Grove Stadium, and is slated to play third on Saturday. He is currently recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. An American League All-Star with Baltimore in 2013, the Florida native hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs over 156 games with the O’s last season. Selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado was part of the 2011 Keys team that won the Mills Cup. The fourth title in team history, he was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE!:After getting off to a slow start, Michael Burgess has found his groove over the last week. The Keys outfielder has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, to jolt his average from .209 to .267 (the highest it has been since April 6). On Thursday, Burgess went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, his first three-hit game since June 21, 2013, when the Floridian was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate. Over the last three nights, Burgess has hit .462 (6-for-13) with a homer, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs. He is currently tied for fifth in the CL in homers, while he leads the club in RBIs (11).

SOUTHPAW STRUGGLES:On Friday, the Keys came up short against a left-handed starting pitcher. Facing Pelicans lefty Victor Payano, Frederick managed only two runs over five innings, despite banging out eight hits. This season, the club is only 1-4 when facing a lefty starter, while the Keys are batting a collective .248 against southpaws this year. Three of the four losses have come against Carolina left-handers, while the Frederick has not fared well against today’s starter Shawn Morimando. Against the orange and black, the former East Carolina commit is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA (12IP/1ER).

WELCOME BACK ZANE!:A Carolina League All-Star in 2013, Zane Chavez got off to a great start in his first Keys at-bat of the season. Pinch-hitting for Manny Machado in the ninth, the San Diego native homered off Jose LeClerc to pull the Keys within two runs. Opening the season at Double-A Bowie, Chavez hit only .158 (3-for-19) over six games, with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. He spent nearly all of last season at Frederick, batting .295 with seven homers, 49 RBIs and 20 doubles.

FORE!: Harry Grove Stadium turned into a launching pad on Wednesday, with the Keys and the Pelicans collaborating on seven longballs. On the Frederick side, Jason Esposito, Michael Burgess and Creede Simpson all went yard. It was the most home runs the team has hit in a game this year. However, Myrtle Beach cleanup hitter Joey Gallo equaled the Keys total himself, becoming the first player to hit three home runs off Keys pitching since June 13, 2013, when Jason Martinson clubbed three for Potomac. Gallo is currently second in all of minor league baseball in home runs (nine), trailing only Toledo’s J.D. Martinez. The other Pelicans homer on Wednesday was by Nick Williams.

WEBB TO THE DL: On Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles.

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last 10 games, raising his batting average from .194-.260. The 10-game streak is the third longest by a player in the Carolina League this season, as the Connecticut native trails only Glynn Davis (11 games) and Erik Gonzalez (16). Gonzalez’s streak is currently active. Esposito has also been sharp at third. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 50 chances that have come his way.

TOP DOG:  For time all season, Glynn Davis has gone hitless in back-to-back games. After going 0-for-5 on Friday, the Keys leadoff man is hitless in his last 11 at-bats (stretching back to Wednesday). In the process, it has dropped his batting average from .414 to .363, the second-lowest it has been all season. Currently third in the Carolina League in hitting (.363), Davis is tied for the CL lead in hits (29) and is tied for fourth in runs scored (16).

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER:Lefty Shawn Morimando makes the start for the Carolina Mudcats and is the No. 22 prospect in the Cleveland farm system according to Baseball America. In his last start against Frederick six days ago, the lefty tossed six innings of one-run baseball to earn his second victory. He struck out five and did not walk a batter. This season against the Keys, Morimando is 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. That includes a win at Harry Grove Stadium on April 9 (6IP/3H/1R/0ER). The Virginian spent all of 2013 with the Mudcats, going 8-13 with a 3.73 ERA over 27 starts. The 13 defeats were the most in the Carolina League, while he finished second in walks (76). Still, the lefty enjoyed his share of success last season. The high point was a 23.2 innings scoreless streak which spanned five starts (May 17-June 8). During that time, he was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (May 27-June 3). Additionally, he finished with second lowest batting average against (.231).  In his fourth professional season, Morimando spent 2012 at Low-A Lake County (22 games, 7-6, 3.59 ERA) and made three starts for the AZL Indians in 2011. Selected by Cleveland in the 19th round of the 2011 draft, the southpaw was committed to East Carolina, but was lured away by the Indians with a $350,000 signing bonus. According to Baseball America, Morimando’s fastball sat between 87-91 mph as a high school pitcher. However the organization’s strength and conditioning programs have allowed him to sit between 90-92 mph as a professional. He also throws a curveball, a slider and a changeup.

 

 

 

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-25-14

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

Manny Mania is set to descend on Harry Grove Stadium, as former Key and current Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is scheduled to begin a weekend rehab assignment with the Keys. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. Some game notes are attached below.

Talk to you later!

Geoff

Friday, Apr. 25, 2014 · Game #21 · Home Game #10

Frederick Keys (9-11) vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-7)

                                                         RHP Parker Bridwell (0-2, 7.58) vs. LHP Victor Payano (0-1, 6.00)

WALK IT OFF, WALK IT OFF: Wynston Sawyer played the role of hero on Thursday night, with runners on first and second in the ninth. Facing the hard-throwing Keone Kela, the California native supplied the game-winning double, to give the Keys a 5-4 walk-off win. It was only the second home win of the season for the Keys, who had gone 1-7 in their previous eight games at Harry Grove Stadium. On Friday, Frederick goes for its second series win of the year, and its first at home since September 2, 2013, when the team claimed two of three against Potomac.

A BULLDOG, JUST NOT A BRITISH ONE: Not only did Wynston Sawyer’s double give the Keys the win, it gave the 22-year-old his second multi-hit game in as many nights. In his last two contests, Sawyer is a combined 4-for-7 with a double and three RBIs. He has also recorded seven RBIs in his last eight games, after picking up only two in his first seven tilts. Sawyer is currently batting .255, the highest his average been as a member of the Keys (his previous high-water mark was .243).

SEVEN THINGS I LIKE ABOUT YOU: Local product Branden Kline turned in his second straight seven-inning outing on Thursday. Against Myrtle Beach, he allowed one unearned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out three. The seven innings equals a career-high for the former Governor Thomas Johnson alum, who previously tossed that amount on April 18 at Carolina. In his last 14 innings, the right-hander has handed out only two runs (one earned) on seven hits. That has helped cut his ERA from 4.20 to 2.48. Unfortunately, both outings have resulted in no-decisions. The first Carolina League pitcher to make five starts this season, Kline leads the loop in innings pitched (29IP)

I WANNA BE LIKE MIKE: After getting off to a slow start, Michael Burgess has found his groove over the last week. The Keys outfielder has hit safely in six of his last seven games, to jolt his average from .209 to .271 (the highest it has been since April 6). On Thursday, Burgess went 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, his first three-hit game since June 21, 2013, when the Floridian was playing for the Corpus Christi Hooks, the Houston Astros Double-A affiliate. Over the last two nights, Burgess has hit .625 (5-for-8) with a homer, two doubles, three runs scored and two RBIs. He is currently tied for fifth in the CL in homers, while he leads the club in RBIs (11).

FORE!: Harry Grove Stadium turned into a launching pad on Wednesday, with the Keys and the Pelicans collaborating on seven longballs. On the Frederick side, Jason Esposito, Michael Burgess and Creede Simpson all went yard. It was the most home runs the team has hit in a game this year. However, Myrtle Beach cleanup hitter Joey Gallo equaled the Keys total himself, becoming the first player to hit three home runs off Keys pitching since June 13, 2013, when Jason Martinson clubbed three for Potomac. Gallo is currently second in all of minor league baseball in home runs (nine), trailing only Toledo’s J.D. Martinez. The other Pelicans homer on Wednesday was by Nick Williams.

WEBB TO THE DL: On Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles. He did not play in Monday’s doubleheader. Taking the outfielder’s spot on the roster is Sam Kimmel. Selected by Baltimore in the 18th round of the 2012 draft out of Stetson University, Kimmel has spent each of the last two seasons at Short-Season Aberdeen. In 39 games last season, he hit .277 with one homer, 16 RBIs, three triples and six doubles. Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Kimmel has played both catcher and leftfield.

CLOSE CALLS: Over the recent roadtrip, the Keys played a number of tight games. Five of the seven ballgames were decided by two runs or less, and three contests hinged on just one run. This season, Frederick has been excellent in games decided by two runs (3-0), but has struggled in one-run tilts (2-6). Only Wilmington (1-7) has a worse record in such games. The team’s second one-run victory of the year came on Thursday night thanks to Wynston Sawyer’s walk-off double.

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last nine games, raising his batting average from .194-.265. Esposito has also played dazzling defense. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 47 chances that have come his way.

TOP DOG:  For only the third time all season, Glynn Davis finished without a hit on Thursday.  On the game, he went 0-for-4, to drop his batting average below the .400 mark for the first time since April 5 (the third game of the season). Despite falling to .387 on the year, the Baltimore native still leads the Carolina League in hitting.Additionally, he is tied for the CL lead in hits (29) is second in runs scored (16) and third in on-base percentage (.457). He is also tied for fourth in total bases (37) and fifth in on-base percentage (.425).

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Victor Payano makeshis fifth start of the season on Friday night and his first against Frederick in 2014. Pitching the second game of a doubleheader against Wilmington last Saturday, the lefty received a no-decision. Over 3.2 innings, he allowed one run on three hits despite walking five batters. The Carolina League leader in free passes, Payano has given out 22 free tickets in 12 stanzas this season, and has walked at least five in every start he has made this season (the longest lasting four innings). A problem throughout his entire career, Payano has walked 189 over 297.2 innings as a professional, or roughly six per nine innings. The lefty spent all of 2013 with Myrtle Beach, going 5-7 with a 6.67 ERA over 21 games (20 starts). In 82.1 innings, he allowed 82 hits, walked 54 and surrendered a career-high 11 home runs. Payano’s best season came with Low-A Hickory in 2012. As a 19-year-old that season, he went 6-8 with a 4.63 ERA over 25 games (20 starts). The Pelicans opening day starter this season, Payano was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent by Texas in February 2010. Clocked in the upper 80s as a 16-year-old, the Dominican originally agreed to terms with Boston for $900,000, but failed his physical. That allowed Texas to swoop in and sign him for a reported $75,000. Payano throws a low-mid 90s fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-24-14

Good Evening Keys Fans!

Frederick gets set for game two of its three-game series against Myrtle Beach on Thursday night. Below, I’ve attached some game notes.

Talk soon!

Geoff

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 · Game #20 · Home Game #9

Frederick Keys (8-11) vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans (13-6)

     RHP Branden Kline (2-1, 2.65) vs. LHP Luis Parra (3-0, 4.41)

MAMA SAID THERE WOULD BE DAYS LIKE THIS: After a successful roadtrip, the Frederick Keys pitching staff was tagged for 21 runs and 23 hits, as the club fell to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 21-6 on Wednesday night at Harry Grove Stadium. The visitors pulled away in the second inning, scoring eight two-out runs off Brady Wager. Myrtle Beach also put together a pair of four-run innings, and strung together two-run frames in the third and fourth. It was the Keys worst loss since June 11, 2006, when Frederick fell to Potomac 22-6. Additionally, it marked the first time that club pitching had allowed 20 or more runs since August 6, 2008.

WILD THINGS: On the game, Frederick pitchers walked a season-high 11 batters. Coming into Wednesday, the team’s previous high for walks in a game was seven (on April 10 vs Carolina). Five of the 11 walks were issued by Lex Rutledge, a career-worst for the Mississippi native. He handed out only four total walks in his previous four games. Of the five Frederick pitchers utilized in the game, only position player-turned pitcher,  Sammie Starr, did not walk a batter.

FORE: Harry Grove Stadium turned into a launching pad on Wednesday, with the Keys and the Pelicans collaborating on seven longballs. On the Frederick side, Jason Esposito, Michael Burgess and Creede Simpson all went yard. It was the most home runs the team has hit in a game this year. However, Myrtle Beach cleanup hitter Joey Gallo equaled the Keys total himself, becoming the first player to hit three home runs off Keys pitching since June 13, 2013, when Jason Martinson clubbed three for Potomac. Gallo is currently second in all of minor league baseball in home runs (nine), trailing only Toledo’s J.D. Martinez. The other Pelicans homer on Wednesday was by Nick Williams.

MACHADO TO REHAB IN FREDERICK:Orioles third baseman Manny Machado will begin a rehab assignment with the Keys on Friday night. He is expected to spend the entire weekend at Harry Grove Stadium, and will play nine innings at third base on Friday. He is currently recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. An American League All-Star with Baltimore in 2013, the Florida native hit .283 with 14 home runs and 71 RBIs over 156 games with the O’s last season. Selected by Baltimore with the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, Machado was part of the 2011 Keys team that won the Mills Cup. The fourth title in team history, he was named series MVP after posting four RBIs in the series-clinching win.

WEBB TO THE DL: On Tuesday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right shoulder sprain. The move is retroactive to April 21. Over 15 games, Webb is batting .283 with one home run, eight RBIs and four doubles. He did not play in Monday’s doubleheader. Taking the outfielder’s spot on the roster is Sam Kimmel. Selected by Baltimore in the 18th round of the 2012 draft out of Stetson University, Kimmel has spent each of the last two seasons at Short-Season Aberdeen. In 39 games last season, he hit .277 with one homer, 16 RBIs, three triples and six doubles. Born in West Palm Beach, FL, Kimmel has played both catcher and leftfield.

ROAD NOTES: Frederick’s second roadtrip of the season proved to be a successful one. The team earned a win in five of its seven games, while the Keys equaled their longest winning streak of the 2013 season (four). The southern sojourn also included a three-game sweep of the Winston-Salem Dash. It marked the first time the Keys had broomed an opponent on the road since May 5, 2013. In road games this year, the Keys are 7-4, while the seven victories is tied for the second-most wins away from home in the CL (along with Potomac who is 7-4 and Myrtle Beach who is     8-0). Salem leads the loop with eight wins as a visiting club.

CLOSE CALLS: Over the recent roadtrip, the Keys played a number of tight games. Five of the seven ballgames were decided by two runs or less, and three contests hinged on just one run. This season, Frederick has been excellent in games decided by two runs (3-0), but has struggled in one-run tilts (1-6). Only Wilmington (0-7) has a worse record in such games. Luis Pujols’ club finally cracked the goose egg on Monday, when the Keys defeated Carolina 4-3 in game one of the doubleheader.

JASON, JASON, HE’S OUR MAN!: Jason Esposito has been swinging a hot bat over the last week. The former Vanderbilt Commodore has hit safely in his last eight games, raising his batting average from .194-.250. Esposito has also played dazzling defense. He currently leads all Carolina League third baseman in fielding percentage (1.000), and has successfully executed all 47 chances that have come his way.

TOP DOG:  Glynn Davis recorded his 10th multi-hit game of the season on Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a run scored. The Baltimore native currently leads Advanced-A in hitting (.414) and is the only player in the Carolina, California or Florida State Leagues with an average north of .400.Additionally, Davis leads the CL in hits (29) while he places second in runs scored (16) and third in on-base percentage (.457). He also rates fourth in total bases (37) and fifth in slugging percentage (.529). Last Wednesday, Davis wrapped up an 11-game hitting streak, where he hit .458 (22-48) with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis played at the Advanced-A level prior to 2014.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Left-hander Luis Parra makes his fifth appearance of the year, his third start of the season on Thursday. His previous outing came against Wilmington last Saturday. Earning the start, Para picked up his third straight victory. In 5.1 innings, the Dominican allowed three runs on six hits, walking two, striking out one and hitting a batter. He is currently tied for the Carolina League lead in wins. Until recently, Parra was serving in a piggybacking role with fellow lefty Andrew Faulkner. As a starter, Para is 2-0 with a 5.23 ERA (10IP/6ER) and is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA as a reliever (6IP/2ER). Walks have occasionally been an issue at times, as Parra has handed out nine free passes in 16.1 innings. The 22-year-old split 2013 between Myrtle Beach and Low-A Hickory. In 20 games (all starts) Parra went a combined 5-6 with a 2.68 ERA, while he went 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA as a member of the Pelicans and delivered a quality start in three of his five outings with the Birds. Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2008, Para hails from Altamira, Dominican Republic, the same hometown as Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.

 

Upcoming Homestand Promotions 4-22-14

Hey Keys Fans,

I hope all of you are enjoying your Tuesday, and are all excited for the start of another SEVEN GAME HOMESTAND beginning tomorrow night! It will be the Keys first look at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who are red-hot entering Wednesday night’s action. The Birds pace the Carolina League with 12 victories, and have taken five in a row.

The good news, is that the Keys are coming off an excellent roadtrip. Frederick claimed five of seven against Winston-Salem and Carolina, which included a three-game sweep of the Dash at BB&T Ballpark. It marked the first time the Keys had broomed an opponent on the road since May 5, 2013 (when they accomplished the feat at Carolina).

Other news and notes from the Trip:

  • Glynn Davis saw his hitting streak end at 11 games, after being held hitless in game one of last Wednesday’s doubleheader at Carolina. Over the streak, he hit .458 with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. It is the second-longest streak in the CL this season (Carolina’s Erik Gonzalez leads the way with an active 14-game hitting streak)
  • After a tough start, the bullpen found its footing. From game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Dash until Sunday afternoon, Keys bullpen arms went 13 straight innings without allowing a run
  • Brady Wager became the first member of the Keys to reach two wins on the season. On Monday, Matt Taylor followed suit, tossing five innings of three-run baseball against the Mudcats
  • This season Frederick has done very well on the road. The club has won 7 of the 11 games it has played away from Harry Grove Stadium (tied for the second-most road wins in the CL)
  • Newcomer Lucas Herbst has gotten off to a strong start. Since being promoted from Low-A Delmarva, the California native is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with an RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

Lastly one injury note concerning the Keys. On Monday, Brenden Webb was placed on the seven-day disabled with a right-shoulder sprain. The Orioles have not made a corresponding move yet, so at the moment Frederick’s roster is one short of the league limit (24).

Outside of baseball, the upcoming homestand will feature a ton of terrific promotions.

Things get kicked off on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. with a Flying Dog Beer Pairing Dinner in the Mattress Warehouse Club. For only $41 dollars you’ll get a terrific choice of Flying Dog Beer, as well as food items such as Pork BBQ Sliders, Curry Chicken Sate and Oysters (to name just a few).

Flying Dog Beer Pairing 4-23

 

Friday’s game als0 gets underway at 7 p.m. and will feature a fireworks extravaganza presented by Magic Mountain Chimney Sweeps, while on Saturday dress up as Yoda, Luke Skywalker or even…Darth Vader for Star Wars Day!

Star Wars

 

Fans will have an opportunity to meet their favorite characters from the George Lucas brainchild, while throughout the game there will be light saber battles on the field. Should be a blast.

Then on Tuesday morning, come out and enjoy an early lunch with the Keys. First pitch is scheduled for 11 a.m., while it will be STEM Day, presented by AstraZeneca.  There will be a pre-game STEM presentation, as well as in-game videos which will highlight the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Industries.

Finally this homestand will feature a Keys for Reading Weekend! So if you are from Howard and Montgomery Counties, bring your signed bookmark, and come take in a Keys game! Given the way Frederick is playing, coupled with the talent on the Myrtle Beach and Carolina rosters, the timing couldn’t be better.

Two closing items regarding food options at the ballpark. Starting tomorrow, fans can try out the brand new Keyote Dog. This chunk of all-beef goodness is loaded with homemade crab mac and cheese and topped with candied bacon. All for just seven bucks. Needless to say, I may be trying it out a time or two…..

The other culinary note is in regards to the Key City Eating Challenge! If you dare, head on over to Guest Services and see if you can eat this massive sandwich:

 

Key City Eating Challenge

As Harry Caray might say, Holy Cow….The ingredients: 10 third lb burgers, 2 lbs of pulled pork and 1 lb of onion rings, complete with barbecue sauce.

Now the rules: You have 1.5 hours to eat this monster. However once you start the challenge, you CANNOT get up. If you manage to corral this thing, then you’ll get your picture on our Wall of Fame and the sandwich is on the house. If you don’t, then you’ll be shoved onto the Wall of Shame, and you’ll have to pony up 40 bucks. Amateur and professional eaters alike are encouraged to participate…

Alright folks, that’s all for now. Look forward to seeing some of you at the ballpark over the next week!

Talk soon!

Geoff

 

 

 

 

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-21-14

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

Frederick and Carolina wrap up their four-game series on a beautiful day in Zebulon, NC. Matt Taylor goes for his second win in game one, and will be matched up by Michael Peoples. In the nightcap, Jesse Beal toes the hill against lefty Ryan Merritt, who paces the Carolina league with a 0.52 ERA.

Broadcast starts at 4:45, with first pitch slated for 5 p.m.

Some game notes are below.

Chat in a few hours!

Geoff

Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 · Game #17/18 · Road Game #10/11

Frederick Keys (7-9) vs Carolina Mudcats (9-7)

      G1: LHP Matt Taylor (1-0, 1.13) vs. RHP Michael Peoples (0-0, 4.91)

                 G2: RHP Jesse Beal (0-0, 4.35) vs. LHP Ryan Merritt (2-0, 0.52)     

FUN WHILE IT LASTED: The Frederick Keys four-game winning streak came to a close on Sunday afternoon, as the Carolina Mudcats earned a 6-1 triumph at Five County Stadium. In the game, the home team used a pair of two-run innings as well as excellent starting pitching from Shawn Morimando to hand the Keys their first loss in nearly a week. Frederick’s only run came on a solo homer to left by Creede Simpson in the top of the fourth.

STREAK NOTES: The Keys four-game winning streak was the team’s longest of the season, and equaled the team’s longest swing since May 3-6, 2013. During that streak, Frederick won also four in a row against, Winston-Salem and Carolina (though three of the four victories came against the Mudcats). A fifth straight victory would have given the team its longest streak since July 2011. The recent four-game stretch often contained close games, with the Keys taking three of the four by two runs. To keep leads safe, manager Luis Pujols leaned on his bullpen and got excellent results. Over 13 innings, Keys relievers gave up only one run on four hits and struck out 13.

ROAD WARRIORS: Through 16 games, the Keys have preferred the road rather than the friendly confines. In nine road road tilts this season, Frederick is 6-3, and has won five of its last six away from Harry Grove Stadium. Currently, the club is tied with Lynchburg for the third-best road mark in the Carolina League (behind only Myrtle Beach who is 7-0 and Salem who is 7-3). Nonetheless, road success has been the norm so far throughout the league. Entering Monday’s action, only Carolina (5-4) and Potomac (4-3) have winning records in home contests. In games at Harry Grove this season, Frederick is league-worst 1-6, while in 2013, the Keys went 29-40 at home and 32-38 on the road.

OUT OF BLANKS:The bullpen’s scoreless inning streak came to a close on Sunday, when Carolina’s Alex Monsalve doubled home two in the seventh off Miguel Chalas. That ended a string of 11 frames where Keys relievers did not allow a run. During that stretch, club bullpen-hands allowed only four hits and struck out 14. Prior to Monsalve’s RBI double, the bullpen had not allowed a run since game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Winston-Salem.

LET’S PLAY LONGBALL!:For the third straight game, Frederick picked up a home run. It is the only time all season the club has gone deep in back-to-back-to-back games On Sunday, Creede Simpson did the trick, with a solo shot to left off Shawn Morimando. All three dingers have come without runners on base, as Michael Burgess struck for a solo shot on Thursday night and Adrian Marin took Mudcats starter D.J. Brown deep on Friday. Burgess currently leads all Keys with a pair of dingers, one-third of the club’s total (six). That total is tied for the second-fewest by a CL team (along with Salem and Winston-Salem). Wilmington (three) has hit the fewest, while Potomac (14) paces the loop.

SLICK WITH THE LEATHER: Since making two errors on April 12 against Lynchburg, the Keys have played error-free baseball over the last seven games. The team currently ranks second in the Carolina League in team-defense (.978 fielding percentage), trailing only Wilmington (.979). Meanwhile, Jason Esposito (1.000) leads all third baseman in fielding percentage.  During the recent series at Winston-Salem, the Keys saw first-hand how poor defensive play can hurt a team. Over three games, the Dash committed eight errors, resulting in seven unearned runs.

TOP DOG:  For only the second time all season, Glynn Davis was held without a hit on Sunday, going 0-for-4. Even without a base-hit in two of his last three games, the Baltimore native still leads the Carolina League in hitting (.414) and remains one of only two players in Advanced-A with an average north of .400 (Kyle Waldrop of Bakersfield is the other at .419).Additionally, Davis leads the CL in hits (24) while he places second in on-base percentage (.460) and runs scored (13). Last Wednesday, he wrapped up an 11-game hitting streak, where he hit .458 (22-48) with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs.

FREDERICK VS CAROLINA 2014: Sunday’s loss dropped Frederick to 1-4 against Carolina this season, with the Keys only victory coming in 11 innings on Friday. In the first game between the two clubs in 2014, Dylan Baker tossed six perfect innings, as the Keys were shutout 7-0. In game two, it was Shawn Morimando’s turn to shine. Over six strong innings, the southpaw allowed only three hits and one unearned run, while the Mudcats exploded for five runs in the fifth to win 8-1. In the final game, the Keys held a 3-1 lead going into the eighth, but Miguel Chalas could not protect it, as Carolina posted three runs and batted around to complete the sweep, 5-4. The early results represent a departure from 2013, when the Keys went 12-8 record against the Mudcats, the most wins Frederick earned against a CL opponent last year.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis have played at the Advanced-A level.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander Michael Peoples makes his third start of the season and his second against the Keys. The Texan’s last start came against Frederick on April 10, when he tossed six innings and allowed three runs. This is Peoples’ second year in the Carolina League, after splitting 2013 between Low-A and Advanced-A. In eight games with the Mudcats, he went 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA over 41.0 innings. Prior to joining Carolina in late-May, Peoples spent the majority of the first two months as a bullpen-hand for Low-A Lake County. In nine relief appearances with the Captains, he was 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA. The Texan also made a pair of starts, allowing five runs in eight innings. Selected by Cleveland in the 14th round of the 2012 draft, Peoples played his college baseball at Western Oklahoma State College. As a freshman, he was part of a ballclub that won the NJCAA Division II National Championship. Some of WSOC’s alumni include Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and Giants outfielder Juan Perez. Peoples throws a fastball, curveball and a changeup. Originally from Weatherford, Texas, Peoples hails from the same hometown as current Orioles reliever and ex-Frederick Key Zach Britton. Former Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn was also born in Weatherford. Pitching for Chicago in the 1910s, the left-hander won over 20 games in five seasons (that includes a National League-leading 22 in 1918.

 

 

 

Keys Game Notes 4-20-14

Good Morning Keys Fans!

And a Happy Easter to everybody. I hope the Easter Bunny was extra-kind to you this year. Here in Zebulon, Mother Nature provided the Keys with pseudo off-day on Saturday, after the rains rendered Five County Stadium unplayable. That allowed the team to relax, while we all took a late-afternoon trip to the mall to stretch our legs, do some shopping, and get something to eat. For all of you wondering (and I doubt you’d care, but I’m telling you anyways), I spent the majority of my time at the Barnes and Noble (decent size, multiple floors and not a bad selection either). Everyone seemed to have a good time.

However today it is back to work. Frederick goes for its fifth straight win and sixth straight on the road, when the team plays the second game of four against the Mudcats. Saturday’s rainout will be made up as part of a Monday doubleheader starting at 5 p.m. Some notes and nuggets are attached below. I’d pay special attention to #2, which discusses the last time the Keys posted five straight victories (hint: it was a VERY good year to be a Keys fan).

Talk to you on the radio!

Geoff

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2014 · Game #16 · Road Game #9

Frederick Keys (7-8) vs Carolina Mudcats (8-7)

RHP Parker Bridwell (0-1, 7.53) vs. LHP Shawn Morimando (1-0, 2.81)

 

RAIN DROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD: On Saturday night, the Frederick Keys and the Carolina Mudcats were rained out. It marks the second time that Mother Nature has reared her ugly head this season, and on this roadtrip. The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday night starting at 5 p.m. Frederick has swept the only twinbill it has played in 2014.

WALK THIS WAY:Tied 1-1 in the top of the 11th inning, the Frederick Keys made use of two walks and a wild pitch by Mudcats reliever Elvis Araujo, as well as two sacrifice flies from Michael Burgess and Wynston Sawyer, to defeat Carolina 3-1 in 11 innings on Friday night at Five County Stadium. It was the club’s first extra-inning win of 2014, and first against the Mudcats, who swept the Keys in three games at Harry Grove Stadium from April 8-10. With a win on Saturday, Frederick can get back to .500 on the year for the first time since April 6, when the Keys defeated Lynchburg 6-2.

LET’S GO STREAKING!: With Friday’s victory the Keys have now won four straight games, the team’s longest string of success this season. That four-game streak, equals Frederick’s longest winning streak of the 2013 campaign, when Ryan Minor’s club took four in-a-row from May 3-May 6 against, go-figure, Carolina and Winston-Salem. Frederick has not won five straight since the 2011 season, when the team rattled off that amount against Myrtle Beach and Salem from July 22-26. Under manager Orlando Gomez that season, the Keys won the Mills Cup Championship, three games to one, defeating the Kinston Indians (the precursor to the Carolina Mudcats).

ROAD WARRIORS: Through 15 games, the Keys have preferred the road rather than the friendly confines. In eight road road tilts this season, Frederick is 6-2, and has won each of its last five games away from Harry Grove Stadium. That road mark is third-best in the Carolina League (trailing only Myrtle Beach who is 7-0 and Salem who is 7-2). Nonetheless, road success has been the norm so far throughout the league. Entering Sunday’s action, only the Potomac Nationals (4-3) have a winning record in home contests. In games at Harry Grove this season, Frederick is 1-6, while in 2013, the Keys went 29-40 at home and 32-38 on the road.

LOCAL FLAVOR: Branden Kline made one mistake on Friday night, but was excellent otherwise. In his fourth Carolina League start, the right-hander tossed a career-high seven innings, allowing one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out four. Saddled with a no-decision, Kline surrendered a game-tying home run to Erik Gonzalez in the seventh inning, while the Keys did not score again until the 11th. A former standout at Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Kline has posted two quality starts (both against Carolina) to go along with a 1-1 record and a 3.27 ERA. He has tossed a league-high 22.0 IP. An early strength of the ballclub, Frederick starters have posted a collective 3.35 ERA, and put together six quality starts (half of which have come this week).

ROLAIDS RELIEF:Things may have gotten off to a shaky start, but the Keys bullpen has been lights out of the current roadtrip. Frederick bullpen-hands have not allowed a run over their last 11 innings, while they’ve allowed only three hits and struck out 13. The last run given up by a Keys reliever was by Mychal Givens in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Winston-Salem.

LET’S PLAY LONGBALL!:For the first time all season, the Keys recorded home runs in back-to-back nights. After Michael Burgess struck for a solo shot on Thursday night, Adrian Marin added his first Carolina League home run off D.J. Brown on Friday. Burgess currently leads all Keys with a pair of dingers, a little less than half of the team’s total (five). Only Winston-Salem (four) and Wilmington (three) have hit fewer home runs as a team.

SLICK WITH THE LEATHER: Since making two errors last Saturday at Lynchburg, the Keys have played error-free baseball over the last six games. The team currently ranks second in the Carolina League in team-defense (.977 fielding percentage), trailing only Wilmington (.980). Meanwhile, Creede Simpson (.992) leads all first baseman in fielding and Jason Esposito (1.000) is tied for the lead at third base.  During the recent series at Winston-Salem, the Keys saw first-hand how poor defensive play can hurt a team. Over three games, the Dash committed eight errors, resulting in seven unearned runs.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END:  Glynn Davis’s 11-gamehitting streak came to an end in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, as he finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Tied for the longest streak in the Carolina League this season, the Baltimore native hit .458 (22-48) during the 11-game swing with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. Quickly putting the 0-for-3 game behind him, Davis finished 2-for-3 in the second contest, to bump his average back up to .444. That mark paces all Advanced-A hitters. Additionally, Davis leads the CL in hits (24) and on-base percentage (.492) while he is second in runs scored (13). He also rates fifth in slugging percentage (.556) and is tied for fifth in total bases (30).

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN: On Tuesday, the Keys roster received a bit of a shakeup. Outfielder Trent Mummey and infielder Michael Mosby were both released, while infielder Jerome Pena was activated from the seven-day disabled list and outfielder Lucas Herbst was promoted from Low-A Delmarva. In seven games with Frederick this season, Mummey hit .182 (4-for-22) with a run scored. Mosby was 0-for-12 at the plate in three games. As for Herbst, he was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with two RBIs over four games with the Shorebirds. Starting the second game of the doubleheader in right field, he finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

FREDERICK VS CAROLINA 2014: Despite an extra-inning victory, the Keys still trail Carolina in the season series 3-1. In the first game between the two clubs in 2014, Dylan Baker tossed six perfect innings, as the Keys were shutout 7-0. In game two, it was Shawn Morimando’s turn to shine. Over six strong innings, the southpaw allowed only three hits and one unearned run, while the Mudcats exploded for five runs in the fifth to win 8-1. In the final game, the Keys held a 3-1 lead going into the eighth, but Miguel Chalas could not protect it, as Carolina posted three runs and batted around to complete the sweep, 5-4. The early results represent a departure from 2013, when the Keys went 12-8 record against the Mudcats, the most wins Frederick earned against a CL opponent last year.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis have played at the Advanced-A level.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Lefty Shawn Morimando makes the start for the Carolina Mudcats and is the No. 22 prospect in the Cleveland farm system according to Baseball America. In his last start at Potomac this past Monday, Morimando surrendered three runs on five hits over five innings. He walked one, struck out three and gave up two home runs. In his lone start against Frederick this season, Morimando earned the win, going six innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits. The Virginian spent all of 2013 with the Mudcats, going 8-13 with a 3.73 ERA over 27 starts. The 13 defeats were the most in the Carolina League, while he finished second in walks (76). Still, the lefty enjoyed his share of success last season. The high point was a 23.2 innings scoreless streak which spanned five starts (May 17-June 8). During that time, he was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (May 27-June 3). Additionally, he finished with second lowest batting average against (.231).  In his fourth professional season, Morimando spent 2012 at Low-A Lake County (22 games, 7-6, 3.59 ERA) and made three starts for the AZL Indians in 2011. Selected by Cleveland in the 19th round of the 2011 draft, the southpaw was committed to East Carolina, but was lured away by the Indians with a $350,000 signing bonus. According to Baseball America, Morimando’s fastball sat between 87-91 mph as a high school pitcher. However the organization’s strength and conditioning programs have allowed him to sit between 90-92 mph as a professional. He also throws a curveball, a slider and a changeup.

Frederick Keys Game Notes 4-18-14

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

The Keys have arrived at Five County Stadium, and are set to begin a four-game series with the Carolina Mudcats tonight. Frederick goes for its fourth straight win and also looks for some payback after the Muddies pulled a three-game sweep at Harry Grove Stadium.

I’ll have the broadcast starting at 6:45. First pitch gets thrown at 7.

I’ve tossed in some notes below.

Chat soon.

Geoff

Friday, Apr. 18, 2014 · Game #15 · Road Game #8

Frederick Keys (6-8) vs Carolina Mudcats (8-6)

RHP Branden Kline (1-1, 4.20) vs. RHP D.J. Brown (1-0, 3.38)

SWEEP COMPLETE!:Frederick earned a three-game sweep of the Winston-Salem Dash on Thursday night, as the team used a three-run sixth to take down their Southern Division foe, 7-3. It was the Keys first sweep of the season, and marked the first time that Frederick had earned a three-game road sweep since May 5, 2013, when the club broomed Carolina.  Down 3-2 to start the sixth, Michael Burgess evened the count with a deep home run to right, while Adrian Marin put the Keys on top for good on a two-run single to left. On the mound, Brady Wager tossed six innings of three-hit baseball, and Mark Blackmar slammed the door, tossing three scoreless innings to earn the save.

ATTACK OF THE BATS:On Thursday night, the Keys pounded out 12 hits in the ballgame. The bulk of those came between the fifth and seventh innings, where Frederick recorded nine hits and tallied six runs. This season, when Luis Pujols’ club ends with 10 or more hits in a game, Frederick is 4-0. In the series finale, eight out of the nine starters recorded at least one hit in the game, while Lucas Herbst, Wynston Sawyer, Adrian Marin and Jason Esposito each finished with two knocks apiece.

SLICK WITH THE LEATHER: Since making two errors last Saturday at Lynchburg, the Keys have played error-free baseball over the last five games. The team currently ranks third in the Carolina League in team-defense (.975 fielding percentage), trailing only Wilmington (.984) and Lynchburg (.977). Meanwhile, Jason Esposito has been perfect on all his chances at the hot corner, and leads all CL third baseman in defense.  During the recent series at Winston-Salem, the Keys saw first-hand how poor defensive play can hurt a team. Over three games, the Dash committed eight errors, resulting in seven unearned runs.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END:  Glynn Davis’s 11-gamehitting streak came to an end in game one of Wednesday’s doubleheader, as he finished 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. The longest streak of its kind in the Carolina League this season, the Baltimore native hit .458 (22-48) during the 11-game swing with four doubles, a triple and eight RBIs. Quickly putting the 0-for-3 game behind him, Davis finished 2-for-3 in the second contest, to bump his average back up to .444. That mark paces all Advanced-A hitters. Additionally, Davis leads the CL in hits (24) while he is second in runs scored (13) and on-base percentage (.492). He also rates fourth in total bases (30) and fifth in slugging percentage (.556).

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO WAGER?: Brady Wager became the first Keys pitcher to two wins on Thursday night. Picking up his second quality start of the season, the right-hander tossed six innings of three-run baseball. One more triumph would equal Wager’s total from last season with the Keys, where he went 3-10 over 15 games. Over six strong innings in the series finale, the 23-year-old scattered seven hits, walked one and struck out three. Wager also earned a quality start the outing before, surrendering just one run over six innings to Lynchburg. Currently, the Arizona native is tied for second in the Carolina League in victories, trailing only Jonathan Dziedzic of Wilmington.

ROAD WARRIORS: Through 14 games, the Keys have preferred the road rather than the friendly confines. In seven road tilts this season, Frederick is 5-2, and has won each of its last four games away from Harry Grove Stadium. In contrast, the Keys are 1-6 in home games. That includes being swept in three games by the Carolina Mudcats. This reverse home-road trend was the norm in 2013, with the Keys going 29-40 in home games and 32-38 in road games.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN: On Tuesday, the Keys roster received a bit of a shakeup. Outfielder Trent Mummey and infielder Michael Mosby were both released, while infielder Jerome Pena was activated from the seven-day disabled list and outfielder Lucas Herbst was promoted from Low-A Delmarva. In seven games with Frederick this season, Mummey hit .182 (4-for-22) with a run scored. Mosby was 0-for-12 at the plate in three games. As for Herbst, he was hitting .250 (3-for-12) with two RBIs over four games with the Shorebirds. Starting the second game of the doubleheader in rightfield, he finished 1-for-3 with a run scored.

FREDERICK VS CAROLINA 2014: The Keys try for their first win over Carolina on Friday night, after the Muddies pulled a three-game sweep in the first head-to-head matchup of the year. In the first game between the two clubs in 2014, Dylan Baker tossed six perfect innings, as the Keys were shutout 7-0. In game two, it was Shawn Morimando’s turn to shine. Over six strong innings, the southpaw allowed only three hits and one unearned run, while the Mudcats exploded for five runs in the fifth to win 8-1. In the final game, the Keys held a 3-1 lead going into the eighth, but Miguel Chalas could not protect it, as Carolina posted three runs and batted around to complete the sweep, 5-4. The early results represent a departure from 2013, when the Keys went 12-8 record against the Mudcats, the most wins Frederick earned against a CL opponent last year.

NAME THAT PUJOLS!: Luis Pujols becomes the 20th manager in Keys history, after spending 2013 as the skipper at Low-A Delmarva. He takes the reins from Ryan Minor, who went 61-78 in his lone season as Frederick’s head man. The cousin of Angels star, Albert Pujols, the 58-year-old has considerable experience as a player, manager and coach in the majors and minors. Since spending nine years as a big league catcher with Houston, Kansas City and Texas, Pujols has worked as a bench/first base coach for Montreal (1993-00) and San Francisco (2003-06), while he served as interim manager for the Detroit Tigers in 2002, after Phil Garner was fired six games into the season. He has also managed for Double-A affiliates in the Detroit and Houston systems.

PROSPECTING: This year’s Keys team does not lack for talent. Frederick’s Opening Day roster features five of Baltimore’s Top 30 prospects according to Baseball America. Shortstop Adrian Marin (12) highlights the list and is joined by right-handed pitchers Parker Bridwell (19), Branden Kline (20) and Mychal Givens (23). Glynn Davis (29) rounds out the group. Of the five players, only Givens (one game in 2010) and Davis have played at the Advanced-A level.

TODAY’S OPPOSING PITCHER: Right-hander D.J. Brown makes his fourth appearance of the season and his second start of the year. His first one came last Sunday at Potomac, when he tossed five innings and allowed two runs on two hits to earn his first Carolina League win. Opening the season in the bullpen, Brown takes the rotation spot of Dylan Baker, who suffered a fractured right ankle last weekend. Prior to joining the rotation, Brown allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits over three innings of work as a relief pitcher. That includes one game against the Keys on April 9, when he allowed one unearned run over two innings. Primarily a reliever in 2013, the Virginian spent his first season at Low-A Lake County. Named by MLB.com as the Indians A-Ball “Pitcher of the Year”, Brown went 3-4 with a 2.71 ERA and earned one save over 27 games (two starts). With the Captains, he held opponents to a measly .238 average, and was brutal against lefties, limiting them to a .200 clip. In two late-August starts, he was 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA (10IP/2ER). Selected by Cleveland in the 39th round of the 2012 draft out of James Madison University, Brown missed his entire junior season due to a right labrum injury. However he thrived as a sophomore, going 9-1 with a 4.00 ERA and over team-high 96.2 innings. Starting the season as a starter, he finished the year as the Dukes closer, striking out 92 and holding opponents to a .245 batting average, as JMU claimed the 2011 CAA Championship. Standing at 6-6, Brown throws a low-90s fastball, a curveball, slider and a changeup.

 

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