Frederick Keys Game Notes 7-11-14

Good Evening Keys Fans!

The Keys try for their first seven-game winning streak since 2011 when the team begins a four-game homestand tonight against Potomac.

Catch me and Doug Raftery on the radio tonight at 6:45 before first pitch at 7:00! All the action can be heard on 1450 AM The Source. Some game notes are below!

shake your keys!

Geoff

Friday, July 11, 2014 · Game #89 · Home Game #41

Frederick Keys (42-46/10-11) vs Potomac Nationals (47-40/9-9)

RHP Branden Kline (5-3, 3.83) vs. RHP Austin Voth (1-0, 0.47)

DON’T STOP NOW BOYS!: The Frederick Keys completed a four-game road sweep of the Salem Red Sox on Thursday night, with a 5-4 win at LewisGale Field. It was the Keys sixth straight win, and put a capper on the best roadtrip of the season. Over the seven-game swing, Frederick went 6-1, while the club jumped up to second place in the CL Northern Division second-half standings (10-11) from fourth (4-10). Making his second rehab start with the Keys since undergoing “Tommy John” surgery last June, Dylan Bundy allowed two runs in the second on RBI singles by Kendrick Perkins and Jordan Weems, while an RBI single by Mario Martinez knocked him out in the fourth. From there, the Keys scored the next three runs. A double by Michael Burgess and a sac-fly by Brenden Webb got the orange and black on the board, while a two-run single by Trey Mancini leveled the count in the seventh. In the ninth, the Keys took the lead for good. After a one-out single by Jerome Pena, Mike Yastrzemski drove his teammate home with a double to right-center. Two batters later, Mancini went back to work, with a double to right-center. Dennis Torres gave up one run in the ninth, but held on to pick up his first Carolina League win.

IT’S CALLED A WINNING STREAK: The Keys have won six straight games for the first time since June 1-8, 2011, when the club took eight straight against Myrtle Beach, Salem and Potomac. Prior to the recent roadtrip, the club’s longest winning streak (stretching from April 16-18 against Winston-Salem and Carolina). In 2012 and 2013 Frederick’s longest winning streak was just four games.

BULL MARKET: Frederick’s offense carried the club during its seven-game roadtrip. Over the trip to Virginia, the club scored 56 runs on 87 hits.  The club finished with 10 or more hits in six of the seven contests, while the Keys finished with 19 knocks in last Saturday’s 17-3 dismantling of the Lynchburg Hillcats at Calvin Falwell Field. Thanks to that impressive display, Frederick is batting .320 as a team over nine July games, the best mark in the Carolina League. Mike Yastrzemski has led the way during that time, batting .405 in nine road tilts with 12 RBIs. A team that has gotten great production from top to bottom during that time, the Keys currently have five players riding hitting streaks of five games or better. That list includes Michael Burgess (seven games), Zane Chavez (six games), Glynn Davis (five games), Jason Esposito (eight games), and Yastrzemski (seven games)

RBI GUY: Trey Mancini finished out his roadtrip on a high note,going 2-for-5 on Thursday with three RBIs. It was his second three RBI game in four contests, while the Floridian has driven in 20 over his first 21 games in the Carolina League. Owner of a four-game hitting streak, Mancini is 6 for his last 19 with two doubles, three runs scored, and seven RBIs. Despite being known as a power threat, Mancini’s strikeout numbers are low, whiffing only 11 times in 86 at-bats.

BURGESS NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: On Thursday, Michael Burgess received word that he had been named the Carolina League Player of the Month for June. The announcement was made on Thursday afternoon by Minor League Baseball. The award was voted on by all eight of the league’s managers. Burgess enjoyed a monster June, hitting .371 with nine homers, three triples, seven doubles and 22 RBIs. The nine longballs were the most by a CL player and tied for the fourth-most by a minor leaguer during that month. Burgess also led the CL in total bases (73), extra-base hits (19), and slugging percentage (.820). He placed second in the circuit in batting average and triples, while his 22 RBIs were third-most by a CL player during the season’s third month. Entering Friday’s action, the Tampa native is tops in the circuit in RBIs (66), extra-base hits (47), and total bases (172) while he is tied for the lead in doubles (28). Additionally, he rates second in homers (15), slugging percentage (.599), home run to at-bat ratio (1/19.13), is third in hits (91) and is fifth in batting average (.315).

YASTRZEMSKI NAMED PLAYER OF WEEK:On Monday morning, Mike Yastrzemski was named the Carolina League “Player of the Week” for June 30-July 6. The first weekly honor of his professional career, the 23-year-old hit .400 (12-for-22) over six games with a home run, a triple, four doubles, eight RBIs and nine runs scored. The nine runs scored were the most by a Carolina League player over the last week, while only Michael Burgess (12) ended with more RBIs. The majority of Yastrzemski’s damage came on Saturday night, when he became the 12th minor leaguer to hit for the cycle in 2014. In total, four Keys players have now earned weekly honors this season. Burgess and Adrian Marin also received player of the week recognition, while Parker Bridwell was named the CL’s pitcher of the week for May 12-19. The four weekly winners eclipses last year’s total of three, when Michael Ohlman (twice) and Christian Walker took home player of the week honors three weeks in-a-row.

TYSON FINALIST FOR HALL OF FAME: Keys hitting coach Torre Tyson has been named a finalist for the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by the organization’s advisory committee. The winningest manager in Charleston Riverdogs history (Yankees Low-A), Tyson put together a 232-186 record during his tenure with the Riverdogs from 2007-09. Currently, Tyson is in his second year with the Keys as hitting coach, after serving as the Yankees minor league defensive coordinator from 2011-12. Three individuals will be selected for enshrinement, with two being voted on by the fans and one being voted on by the committee. The three individuals will be inducted on August 15, prior to Charleston Riverdogs’ game against the Rome Braves. Notable members of the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame include Roberto Alomar, David Cone and Willie Randolph.

BUNDY BLURBS: Dylan Bundy made his second rehab start with the Keys on Thursday and fifth overall. Limited to 75 pitches, the righty last only three-plus innings and surrendered three runs on five hits. The second inning was problematic, as Bundy allowed a pair of runs and needed 32 pitches to escape. He received a no-decision. Bundy’s first outing came on July 4, when he gave up three runs on four hits in 4.2 stanzas. In two starts with the Keys, he has posted a 7.04 ERA (7.2 IP/6R). Prior to joining Frederick, the righty made three rehab starts with Short-Season Aberdeen. Working five innings in each outing, Bundy went 0-1 with a 0.60 ERA. In 15 innings, he allowed only one run on 10 hits while he walked three and struck out 22. Opponents were hitting just .189 against him.

LONELY ISLAND: Since the start of the second-half, the Keys pitching staff has taken its lumps. Over the first 21 games of the second-half, Keys arms have posted a 6.01 ERA (181.1 IP/121ER) and allowed 222 hits during that time as well as 19 home runs. This year, Frederick arms have given up 59 home runs, the second-most longballs allowed by a CL pitching staff.

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: Austin Voth will toe the slab for the fourth time this year at Advanced-A with Potomac. In his last outing on Saturday, the righty tossed six shutout innings of three-hit baseball and struck out seven, but received a no-decision. Over his first 19 Carolina League innings he has given up one run on seven hits. A 5th round pick last year by the Washington Nationals, Voth dominated at Low-A Hagerstown, recording a 4-3, 2.45 line in 13 starts. In 69.2 IP, he gave up 51 hits, 19 earned runs, and struck out 74 to just 22 walks (opponents his .206 against him). He had the third-best ERA in the South Atlantic League, second-lowest BAA (Harvey: .200), and third-best strikeout per nine inning ratio (9.56). Taken out of the University of Washington, the former Huskie had a solid but unspectacular three-year career. His best season was his junior year, when he went 7-6 with a 2.99 ERA. He spent two summers in the ever-popular Cape Cod League, where he ditched his “bendy” curveball, as he called it, for a slider in 2012, which has developed into a promising pitch. The righty’s bread and butter is his fastball, which tends to sit in the 89-92 mph range for the first five innings, then bumps to 95 in the middle innings. He also has an average changeup with late sinking action.

 

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