Keys to Watch 2014

That day is almost upon us Keys Fans!

Opening Day for the Frederick Keys is only one day away! The Keys will take on the Lynchburg Hillcats with the first pitch from Calvin Falwell Field at 6:05pm. You can listen to the game on 1450 AM The Source with Geoff Arnold and Doug Raftery on the call, coverage will begin at 5:45pm.

For the Keys it will be Frederick native Branden Kline on the mound against the Atlanta Braves No.1 prospect RHP Lucas Sims. Kline, who was drafted out of Virginia in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Orioles, is coming off a shortened 2013 season with Delmarva where he was injured during conditioning drills last May having to undergo surgery to repair a broken right ankle. Kline’s numbers at the end of the year were 1-2 in seven starts with a 5.86 ERA in 35.1 innings striking out 32 batters.

courtesy: masnsports.com

courtesy: masnsports.com

Yesterday at the Grove the Keys had their media day with reporters on hand to see this years 2014 squad. It was a successful day with the sun shining and the players getting a look at the stadium before practice and getting their pictures taken for the season. In this years squad there are some notable names for fans to look out for who are not named Branden Kline.

Keys to Watch 2014:

Adrian Marin SS:

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

First on the list is the Orioles No. 12 prospect according to Baseball America. Marin, a shortstop from Miami, shows an advanced feel for the game and had a solid 2013 season at the age of 19. He was the everyday shortstop for Delmarva and batted .265 with 19 doubles and 48 RBIs. His defense is well ahead of his offense, but his bat should continue to develop. Marin also possesses a strong baseball IQ and shows solid fundamentals and the ability to carry out bat-handling tasks such as bunting, serving the ball to the opposite field and executing hit-and-runs. As the shortstop for the Keys this year Marin is a top player for fans to keep an eye on in Frederick and in the future in the majors.

Mychal Givens RHP:

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

Mychal Givens makes the list with the fact that this is only his second season as a professional pitcher. Givens was drafted in the second round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles with the potential to develop into a strong, athletic shortstop who could grow into some power. However he was unable to develop as a hitter batting just .247 in three seasons, mostly in low Class-A Delmarva. In high school Givens had experience as a pitcher so the O’s moved him to the mound in 2013. After some minor problems early on in the season the former shortstop threw 42.2 innings with a 4.22 ERA and a record of 2-3 from the bullpen. The righty throws from the low three-quarters slot using an upper-80s fastball that reached 92 later in the year with heavy sink. He also throws a slider hard in the 84-86 mph range and a change up that is progressing well. Entering only his second full season as a pitcher Givens could move quickly now that he’s made the conversion.

Glynn Davis OF:

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

courtesy: Tim Jacobsen

Davis a nondrafted free agent in August 2010, was a member of the 2013 Keys team. A clear plus-plus runner, Davis was troubled by a hamstring injury that limited his stolen base numbers last year. Playing in only 97 games in 2013 the outfielder hit .234 with 17 doubles, and only stole 19 bases. It was 18 seals short of his total in 2012 where he split time between Delmarva and Frederick stealing a total of 37 bases (29 in Delmarva and 8 in Frederick). Davis, looking to stay healthy, could be the speedster that the Keys need this year to on the base paths to score runs in 2014.

There are plenty more Keys players to keep an eye on this year, but its better left for you the fans to come out and see for yourself. It will be interesting to see what the 2014 season will have in store for Frederick. As for now the season begins tomorrow in Lynchburg so tune in and listen to Geoff and Doug on 1450 AM The Source.

It’s time of the year fans to Shake your Keys!

Chris

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