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Monkeying Around At The Grove

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Saying that tonight is a “big” night at Harry Grove Stadium would be somewhat of an understatement.  Despite losing the last five games, the Frederick Keys are back in town for seven games at the Grove.  The Keys face off against the Winston-Salem Dash tonight in the first of four games. The game is set to start at 6pm.

50 Serie Nacional-CAM-AlvarezTonight is jammed packed with more than just baseball.  Dariel Alvarez, the recent Orioles signee, is playing his first game at the Grove tonight.  He made his Carolina League debut in Potomac on Thursday, slapping a single through the middle in his first at-bat and finishing 2-for-5 with an RBI in Frederick’s 5-4 loss.  In last night’s game, he went 3-for-5 but the Keys lost 7-3.  To read more about Alvarez’s trip to Frederick, click here.

Alvarez will bat third in tonight’s lineup.  Travis Adair, who has been nothing but hot lately will bat second. He has played in eleven games in the second half of the season and he is batting .366 (15-for-41).  He is gotten just one hit in eleven at-bats batting second this season.

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Trent Howard will start for the Keys tonight. He is 3-0 as a reliever this season with a 0.62 ERA.  In eleven starts, he has yet to factor into the decision. He faced the Myrtle Beach Pelicans last week and gave up just one run and five hits in five innings.

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For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*In addition to an awesome match-up between the Dash and the Keys, tonight is also the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo.  Confused as what that means exactly? I understand. Check out this video! There will be a full show after tonight’s 6pm game.

One of the monkeys, Megan, paid a visit to the press box earlier today.

*Tonight is also the Rubber Ducky Giveaway Night.  The first 1,000 fans to come to tonight’s game get a special Rubber Duck unlike any other.

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*The Taco Bell Sauce Race became a huge hit on our blog last week.  Two of our interns wiped out making for one of the more interesting/hilarious races we have ever had here at the Grove.  Tonight, in front of a sellout crowd, the sauce packets are at it again.  The rematch race will take place at the end of the seventh inning, so be sure to come out and check it out.  If you missed the first race, check out this article.

*Tonight is also a firework night here at the Grove! After the game and following the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, the Keys will light up the sky beyond our centerfield fence.

Keys Try To Bounce Back From Tough Loss

After getting shutout 6-0 in the first game against the Pelicans of this three game series, last night seemed a little more promising.  the Keys lead 3-1 after seven innings and the Pelicans managed to string together three runs in the eighth and two runs in the ninth to pull ahead and win 6-4.  Frederick compiled 14 hits in the last two games, none of which were extra base hits.

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Wilson Betemit played his first rehab game in Frederick last night and went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.   You can check out his single on Vine below. To see all of his at-bats in last night’s game, click here.

The Keys take on the Pelicans for one more game before they head to Woodbridge, VA to play three games against the Potomac Nationals.  Tonight’s game is set to start at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.

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Tucker Nathans will be making his leadoff debut for the Keys tonight.  He batted first for Delmarva in one game earlier this year and went 0-for-5.  Travis Adair went 3-for-4 in last night’s game with a run scored.  In July and August, he has played in 15 games with Frederick and is batting .389.  He is batting in the fifth spot tonight.

He is 8-6 this season with a 3.87 ERA.  He gave up five runs in 4.1 innings pitched in his last start at home against the Carolina Mudcats. He has not factored into the decision in his last three starts.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

Tim Berry makes the start for the Keys tonight.

For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*New York Times writer, Hillel Kuttler, recently published an article about knuckleball pitchers and the struggles of making the switch from power to pitcher to knuckleballer. Our very own Zach Clark was highlighted in the article as an up and coming knuckleball pitcher.  You can read the entire article here.

These Orioles and Red Sox players are dedicated to mastering the pitch, although Clark acknowledged that he was not comfortable with relying on his knuckleball. He throws it about half the time, he said, and feels he has to “protect it with my conventional stuff”: a sinker, a two-seam fastball and a curveball.

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Zach Clark, Keys starting pitcher
Photo Courtesy of the New York Times

*Every minor league ball park prides themselves on their fun promotions in between the action.  At Harry Grove Stadium, our Taco Bell Sauce Race is a tradition however last night, it did not go quite as planned.  Let’s just say, the packets were spilling every where. That was just the first slip up of the race, check out the whole thing here.

*This Saturday night is Cowboy Monkey Rodeo Night here at Harry Grove Stadium at 6pm. Be sure to be here. To read up more about the night, click here.

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Not A Good Night To Be A Sauce Packet

At Harry Grove Stadium, we have the running of the sauce packets brought to you by Taco Bell.  In Monday night’s game against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, it is safe to say that the packets were… not on their game.

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Our intern Jeff Kurkjian, needless to say, jinxed the entire operation when he tweeted out the following:

He was joined by our other interns, Kevin and Kyler, who shared in the excitement but no could have guess what happened next. The packets first start off in the wonderful city of Frederick and race to Harry Grove Stadium.

That is when things began to go south. The hot sauce, was taken out of the race early with a little bit of an altercation with the fence…

*Video courtesy of Thomas Walker.

So with just two packets left in the race it, it was tied till the very end.  The mild and the fire sauce got down to a few feet when the unexpected happened.

The mild sauce ended up on top in one of the strangest Taco Bell Sauce races in the history of Harry Grove Stadium.

Tuesday, the Keys went into extra innings and the sauces ran again.  Our interns, Jeff and Kyler, got redemption by NOT falling on their faces.  Jeff, dressed in the hot sauce ended up on top, redeeming his pathetic performance from the night before.

Come on out to the Grove to this Saturday to see the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo at  7p.m. Odds are it will be even better than Monday’s ill-fated sauce debacle.

Betemit returns for second rehab stint

*MONDAY UPDATE: Betemit will return to Harry Grove Stadium to continue his rehab tonight at 7 p.m. Get your tickets here.

From the press release:

“Betemit hit .261 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles and 40 RBIs for the Orioles last season, his first with club, while primarily playing third base. He went 3-for-9 with three RBIs playing for the Keys on Aug. 12 and 13 against Myrtle Beach. He then played five games with Double-A Bowie and batted .353 (6-for-17) with three RBIs and four walks. Betemit began his rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on August 6, playing in five games and batting .375 (6-for-16) with two doubles and three RBIs.”

Wilson Betemit, who suffered a pretty severe knee sprain on March 25, rehabbed in Frederick against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Monday, Aug. 12 and Tuesday, Aug. 13 and went 3-for-9 with three RBIs. If you want to see the injury, Watch it here, but be warned, it’s a little bit ugly. More on Betemit here.

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You can check him out taking BP before Monday’s game below:

Monday’s game – -1-for-5, two strikeouts

In his first two at-bats, Betemit went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

With runners on first and second base with no outs, Betemit strikes out on a check swing in his third at-bat of the game.

After the seventh inning stretch, Betemit comes to the plate with two outs and singles to left on the first pitch.

In the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Keys down 6-4, Betemit grounds out to the second baseman.

Tuesday’s game — 2-for-4, three RBIs

Betemit grounds out in his first at-bat against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans:

And if you didn’t see it the first time, check out this angle from the press box.

In his second at-bat, Betemit singled in two runs in the bottom of the second inning, increasing Frederick’s lead to four runs.

Once again, here’s another angle of the at-bat:

Similar to his first at-bat, his third plate appearance resulted in a ground ball to the second baseman.

In his fourth at-bat, Betemit singles to right driving in another Keys run. He has three RBIs on the night:

Betemit Rehabs, Keys Look For Win Against Pelicans

Wilson Betemit will DH and bat second for the Frederick Keys tonight against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  To read more about his rehab trip to Frederick, check out this article on our blog.

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The Keys got just three hits in a 6-0 loss to the Pelicans last night.  Zach Clark pitched five innings and gave up five earned runs and walked seven batters.  Matt Hobgood pitched four scoreless innings in relief and struck out three batters.

The Keys are hoping to have a little more success in tonight’s 7pm game against the Pelicans.  Frederick is just 6-12 against Myrtle Beach and has lost seven of their last eight games at home.

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Michael Ohlman will bat third in tonight’s lineup.  He is batting .313 with five doubles in the month of August.  Check out some his swings during batting practice before tonight’s game.

Trent Howard will be doing the pitching for the Keys tonight. He has yet to factor into a decision this year as a starter in ten starts.  He is 3-0 as a reliever with a 0.62 ERA.

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For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

*MASN’s Steve Melewski has reported that Cuban outfielder, Dariel Alvarez, will make his pro debut tonight. Alvarez played for Camaguey of the Cuban League for five years before signing with the Orioles.  He batted .297 with 37 homers and 180 RBIs for Camaguey.

*Got any plans on Saturday? Come on out to Harry Grove Stadium at 6pm for the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo.  Confused as to what exactly that may be? That’s okay. Watch this video!

Sunday Funday At The Grove

The Frederick Keys ended their six-game home losing streak last night with an impressive twelve run performance against the Carolina Mudcats. Frederick scored in five different innings and ended up on top 12-4.  Jerome Pena drove in three runs and hit a triple in last night’s game.

Zach Davies pitched a solid game giving up just two hits and one run in seven innings pitched.  Michael Ohlman went 2-for-4 with double and two runs scored.

The Keys will take on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at 4pm today.  The Pelicans are coming in hot after winning their last three games against the Potomac Nationals.  The Keys have won just eight of 23 games played at home.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for today’s game.

The knuckle-baller, Zach Clark, will start tonight for the Keys. He is winless this season in five starts.

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*For everything you need to know about today’s game, check out the game notes below.

*Steve Pearce just recently rehabbed here in Frederick and, according to Brittany Ghiroli, Wilson Betemit will be rehabbing here soon!

*Check out this awesome video recapping the Keys championship season!

Keys Hope To Roll Over Mudcats

Tonight is “Take Me Out To The Brawl Game” Night at the Frederick Keys.  The Key City Roller Derby faced off against the Black Eyed Suzies in the Keys lower parking lot behind right field.  Sadly, the hometown Key City Roller Derby did not pull off the win.

The Keys dropped the last two games at home to the Mudcats including last night’s 12-1 blowout.  Frederick has lost their last six home games but is hoping to turn that around with a win at the Grove tonight.  The game is set to start at 6pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Michael Ohlman, batting third tonight, is 8-for-25 with four doubles in the month of August.  He went 2-for-4 last night with a double and a RBI.

Also, Jerome Pena will be at shortstop again tonight in place of the injured Sammie Starr who suffered a concussion last week.  He is 3-for-11 with a home run while playing the shortstop position for the Keys.

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Zach Davies will get the start for Frederick tonight.  In the second half of the season, he has posted an impressive 3.38 ERA in eight starts for the Keys.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below.

The Frederick’s manager, Ryan Minor, is like any other manager; committed to his team.  The last series against the Mudcats, Minor was thrown out of the game but could not stay away from the field for long.

*You can also check out this interview with Minor from last month.

*Be sure to come out to tonight’s game against the Mudcats, gates open at 5pm and the game starts at 6pm. We have very special on-field emcee’s for tonight’s game.

*Tonight is a FIREWORKS NIGHT at Harry Grove Stadium so be sure to make it out the game!

Vote Keyote! Keys At Home Tonight

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Keyote is without a doubt the best mascot in the Carolina League and possibly the greatest mascot ever. He would go to the end of earth for his all-time favorite team, the Frederick Keys.

But now, Keyote needs YOUR help! It takes all but a few seconds to vote for Keyote as the best mascot in the Carolina League!

Speaking of Keyote, the Keys have a game tonight at 7pm against the Lynchburg Hillcats at Harry Grove Stadium. Last night’s  game ended with the Hillcats on top, 6-1.  Michael Ohlman came up with the Keys only RBI of the game in the bottom of the eighth inning.

*Check out Greg Swatek’s story on the Frederick News-Post here.

Frederick is hoping to bounce back from last night’s lost and tie this series up at one.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Steve Pearce, who is rehabbing here in Frederick for this home stand, will be batting in the two spot as the designated hitter.  He went 1-for-2 last night with a single, HBP and a walk.

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Zach Davies will take to the mound tonight for Frederick. He is 5-4 this season with a 3.66 ERA.  In 48 innings pitched at home, Davies has given up just 14 earned runs.

*For everything you need to know about tonight’s game, check out the game notes below!

*Tonight is Guaranteed Win Night at the Keys so be sure to come out to Harry Grove Stadium tonight.  Gates open at 6pm and the game is set to being at 7pm.

*Manager Ryan Minor sat down for his “Monday With Minor” segment with our broadcaster Adam Pohl.

Be sure to vote on this week’s poll.

Steve Pearce Rehabs In Frederick

Steve Pearce is the first Baltimore to rehab with the Frederick Keys this season. He has been out since June 21 with sore wrists. He plans to play all three games of this home stand against the Lynchburg Hillcats and will bat second and play first base in tonight’s lineup. Check out the official press release on Pearce’s visit to Frederick here.

*Fun facts about Pearce at Harry Grove Stadium from out broadcaster, Tim Murray.

In other transactions news, Keys catcher, Zane Chavez, has been activated from the disabled list and will bat fourth as the designated hitter in tonight’s lineup. He was placed on the DL on June 14 due to an oblique strain.

*The Keys went 16 innings against the Salem Red Sox on Friday night.  Thanks to Michael Ohlman, the Keys finished their road trip with a win.

On their last road trip, the Keys went .500 winning three of their six games.  The final game against Salem was postponed due to rain. The Keys face the Hillcats at home tonight at 7pm.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonight’s game

Jason Esposito has been a silent killer for the Keys in the month of July. He is batting .312 this month with four doubles and 17 RBIs in addition playing both corners of the diamond. He will bat in the sixth position tonight where is hitting .299 with two home runs and 16 RBIs this season.

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Brady Wager is set to start in tonight’s game against the Lynchburg Hillcats.  Wager is 2-4 this season with a 4.86 ERA.  He has lost all four of his home starts this season.

*Speaking of Keys starters, Tim Murray sat down Zach Clark last week to talk some Keys baseball.

*Tim Murray also sat down with Lex Rutledge on July 25, just a day after he was promoted from Class-A Delmarva.

*Have you voted for Keyote yet as the best mascot in the Carolina League? Do it now!

*Don’t forget to take out poll and follow us on Twitter.

Orioles Draft Review (All Four Parts)

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The O’s picked 41 players in this year’s first-year player draft, 14 high schoolers and 27 college players, a lot of whom will don the Keys jersey in the next several seasons. A look at Baltimore’s 2013 MLB Draft picks:

Hunter Harvey, RHP (Rd. 1, 22nd Overall)- The first pick chosen by the Orioles was ranked 33rd according to Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects.  The son of former major league closer, Bryan Harvey, this six-foot-three pitcher from Catawba, NC, has a quick fastball (90-94 mph) but a breaking ball that needs improving.

Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field.  Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter.  The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.

Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him.  Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.

For more on the O’s second-round selection, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun spoke with Sisco about his signing.

Stephen Tapley, LHP (Rd. 3, 98th Overall)- Ranked 123rd in Baseball America’s Top 500, Tarpley was drafted in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians last year but decided to attend Southern Carolina instead.  This lefty has a fastball that tops at 92 mph (usually 88-90 mph) and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.

Jonah Heim, C (Rd. 4, 129th Overall)- Ranked 170th in Baseball America’s Top 500, this six-foot-five catcher Amherst Central High School in New York is a switch hitting power hitter.  He has to work on the quickness of his feet and his approach from the right side of the plate.  He is currently committed to Michigan State.

Travis Seabrooke, LHP (Rd. 5, 159th Overall)- This six-foot-five lefty is one of the youngest players in the draft this year; he will be eighteen in September.  His fastball is in the high eighties but needs to work on his secondary pitches. He is committed to Boston College.

Alex Murphy, C (Rd. 6, 189th Overall)- Murphy graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland this year and is committed to Wake Forest. He was born in Monrovia, MD and has grown up a Baltimore Orioles fan. Murphy was drafted as a catcher, but it does not seem like he will stay there for long. He is an experienced third baseman and his speed allows to play anywhere in the outfield as well.

Drew Dosch, 3B (Rd. 7, 219th Overall)- Ranked 131st in Baseball America’s Top 500, Dosch played for Youngstown State but shined in the Cape Cod League batting .326 with 21 extra-base hits in 44 games.  He does not seem fit to be able to play third base in majors because he is unable throw from multiple angles. If he moves to LF or 1B, he will need to produce more power from those positions.

Trey Mancini, 1B (Rd. 8, 249th Overall)- He simply has raw power in the batter’s box. Mancini, a left-handed first baseman but right-handed batter, has improved his strike zone discipline at Notre Dame but still has below-average speed.  The Orioles are really investing in his bat but and his size, standing set six-foot-five inches and weighing in at 205 pounds. He was ranked 230th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Mitch Horacek, LHP (Rd. 9, 279th Overall)- Unranked in Baseball America’s Top 500, this Dartmouth starter went 6-2, 2.20 with 42 strikeouts and only ten walks in 45 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90’s topping out at 92 with pretty good secondary pitches and has a lot of durability on the mound.

Austin Wynns, C (Rd. 10, 309th Overall)- He has been known as a blocking machine behind the plate and keeps the runners in check with his arm.  He is a below average hitter but solidly built at 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds.

Steven Brault, LHP (Rd. 11, 339th Overall)- Ranked 419th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Brault went 8-3, 2.63 with 103 strikeouts and 18 walks in just 79 innings while playing at Division II, Regis in Colorado.  His fastball sits around 88-90 MPH topping around 92. He also has a nice slider but needs to work on his change-up. Little known fact, Brault is also a vocal performance major so he can not only start a professional baseball game but he can sing the National Anthem before it.

Jake Bray, RHP (Rd. 12, 369th Overall)- At Feather River JC, Bray was the first baseman and closer for the team but the scouts see him more as a pitcher. His fastball sits around 92-94 MPH, topping out around 96 MPH. He also has a good change-up and a decent slider. He has always been a bullpen boy but the Orioles system will most likely get him a starting position and see how he does. Bray was ranked 288th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP (Rd. 13, 399th Overall)- A junior from St. Joseph’s University, this 6-foot-3 relief pitcher originally from New Jersey broke the school record for saves with ten in one season.  He posted a 1-2 record with a 2.02 ERA in 35.2 innings and 26 appearances.

Mike Yastrzemski, OF (Rd. 14, 429th Overall)- Ranked 251st in Baseball America’s Top 500, the grandson of Hall of Famer, Carl Yastrzemski, Mike batted .402 in his senior year at Vanderbilt.  Yastrzemski  is one of the SEC’s top base runners and a very skilled an outfielder.

Tyler Walsh, SS (Rd. 15, 459th Overall)- The shortstop from Mater Dei HS in Evansville, Indiana is the first middle infielder the Orioles selected. He has committed to Belmont University in Nashville in November. The 6-foot-5 infielder had played all positions on the diamond and is very versatile.

Randolph Gassaway, 1B (Rd.16, 489th Overall)- The 6-foot-four first baseman just graduated from Riverwood High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He was chosen for the Rawlings All Americans and All Regions 2013 Southeast All Region 1st Team. He is a born power hitter and compliments it with his 6.65 time in the sixty.

 Caleb Kellogg, RHP (Rd. 17, 519th Overall)- This Kentucky native standing at six-feet tall, both pitched and played in the outfield in high school. He then attended University of Louisiana in Lafayette and served as the team’s closers for two years. Opposing batters hit only .202 against him his sophomore year. He pitched 35.2 innings, struck out 41 batters and posted a 2.52 ERA.

Reed Reilly, RHP (Rd. 18, 549th Overall)- Ranked 191st in Baseball America’s Top 500, scouts have reported Reilly throwing as high as 95 MPH however he usually throws around 89-93 MPH. His secondary stuff is not that great according to scouts but his size and durability should allow him to learn and improve.

Dylan Rheault, RHP (Rd. 19, 579th Overall)- The Central Michigan sophomore broke out after his redshirt freshman year finishing with a 2-2 record with 44 strikeouts.  The 6-foot-9, 245-pound right-hander appeared in 15 games in 2013, starting in four, and was 1-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 40 innings of work.

Nicky Cunningham, RHP (Rd. 20, 609th Overall)- This 6-foot-2 righty from Arizona has a fastball that is consistent in the high 80s. He compliments it with a very nice slider has well and a decent change-up.  His freshman year he posted a 4.29 ERA in 35 appearances but only made 29 appearances in the following three seasons. He had a 5.72 ERA in 28 innings his senior year.

Levi Scott, 1B (Rd. 21, 639th Overall)- This past season at Howard College, Scott posted a .359 average, hit four homers, drove in 27 runs and scored 27 runs as well. The 6-foot-3 first baseman also did some pitching in high school and college, but his stuff is not good enough for the majors so the Orioles are looking to mold him into an infielder.

Jon Keller, RHP (Rd. 22, 669th Overall)- Keller helped the Tampa Spartans reach the D-II College World Series his junior season. That year he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA.  He did not give up a home run in 54 innings.  His 6-foot-5 stature allows him to create heat off of the mound pitching consistently between 90-94 MPH.  His secondary stuff needs work. He was ranked 295th in Baseball America’s Top 500.

Stefan Crichton, RHP (Rd. 23, 699th Overall)- In 2012, Crichton pitched 95 innings for Texas Christian and finished 9-2, struck out 53 and only gave up 36 earned runs. In his three years at TCU, he finished 19-8 with a 3.73 ERA. His fastball sits in the high eighties topping out at 89 MPH.

Jared Breen, SS (Rd. 24, 729th Overall)- He started in 63 of 64 games at Belmont his sophomore year. Breen hit .280 with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs.  In 63 games he had 15 multi-hit games and nine multi RB games.  He the perfect leadoff guy and always finding a way to get on base.

Danny Ayers, LHP (Rd. 25, 759th Overall)- Ranked 177th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Ayers has a fast ball that consistently hits 94 MPH and it is paired with an excellent curveball that is in the upper 70s. His fastball has slowed down a little since the scouts first saw him play because he is working on his control and feel for the mound. He is committed to Western Michigan.

Layne Bruner, LHP (Rd. 26, 789th Overall)- His fast sits in the mid-80s but scouts are hoping his 6-foot-2, 170 pound build allows some run for growing and strength as he gets older and improves.  This Washington State commit like his composure on the mound and his above average curveball.

Donnie Hart, LHP (Rd. 27, 819th Overall)- In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, all out of the bullpen. He had scoreless outings in his first five appearances and eight of his first nine. He finished the year allowing batters to hit only .138 against him. His fastball sits around 86 MPH and throws a very good slider.

Robert Tyler, RHP (Rd. 28, 849th Overall)- He consistently throws between 90-93 MPH topping out at 95 MPH from time to time.  His curveball is not the best but he is still a raw player and needs a lot of improvement. Standing at 6-foot-5, he weighs in just under 200 pounds so there is room for improvement. The Georgia commit  has been one called one of the best pitchers in Georgia this past season leading his high school to their deepest playoff run in fifty years.

Conor Bierfeldt, OF (Rd. 29, 879th Overall)- Senior Co Captain Conor Biereldt was named 3rd Team All American while playing at Western Connecticut State University.  He batted .396 that season with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.

Fredrico Castagnini, SS (Rd. 30, 909th Overall)- Castagnini started all 59 games in 2012 for Barton Community College  and led the team in home runs (6), doubles (16) and RBI (67) as a sophomore.  He finished the season with a .361 average stealing twelve bases in twelve attempts. In Creighton,  he finished his junior year with a .320 with 54 hits and 27 RBIs. He played third in Creighton and is versatile enough to play pretty much any position in the infielder.

Dustin Hagy, RHP (Rd. 31, 939th Overall)- The 6-foot-6 right-hander fresh out of high school (Trinity Christian Academy, FL) impressed scouts with the speed of his fastball, topping out around 94 MPH. He also shows a pretty solid 11-5 curveball that can be thrown anywhere between 70-78 MPH.  He needs to improve his change-up more as a reliable alternative however.

Max Homick, LHP (Rd. 32, 969th Overall)- The southpaw from University of San Diego appeared in 11 games, making five starts his freshman year (2012).  He pitched 27.1 innings, posting a 1-0 record with a 7.24 ERA and 19 strikeouts.  According to Baseball America, he has improved a lot in this past fall assign deception and downward angle on his fastball.

Jeff Kemp, SS (Rd. 33, 999th Overall)- Originally from Bowie, Maryland and former student at Archbishop Spalding High School, Kemp played at Radford University and also got drafted last year in the 31st round by the Los Angeles Angels. He was an All-Big South first-team selection for the past two seasons and the 2013 Co-Big South Preseason Player of the Year. Kemp batted .284 on the season and led the conference with ten home runs and a .588 slugging percentage despite missing 12 games with a rib injury.

Parker Bugg, RHP (Rd. 34, 1029th Overall)- This 6-foot-6 righty graduated from Rancho Bernardo High School this year and has a solid fastball around 90 MPH topping out at 92. He has a strange delivery that may need fixing if he intends to start in the majors but scouts say it can be adjusted.

D.J. McKnight, OF (Rd. 35, 1059th Overall)- A high school senior from Madison County, Florida, this lefty batter hit .358 in 29 games this spring. He knocked in 34 RBIs while also posting an on-base percentage of .486. McKnight also played quarterback in high school.

Eric Green, LHP (Rd. 36, 1089th Overall)- Green, a senior at Embry-Riddle, went 1-2 with a 4.89 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched in 2012. He recorded two saves in 21 appearances. He spent his sophomore year at St. Petersburg where he posted his best season in college.  He threw 48.0 innings, allowing 25 earned runs while striking out 50 batter.  He finished 6-0 with a 4.68 ERA that year.

Justin Viele, SS (Rd. 37, 1119th Overall)- This four-year Santa Clara starting shortstop started all 53 games his senior year and finished his career with 158 consecutive starts dating back to his freshman year.  Viele batted .248 (52-210) but led the team in walks (28) and hit-by-pitch (11) to put his OBP at .364.

Conor Harber, OF (Rd. 38, 1149th Overall)- This Western Nevada College freshman outfielder put together a huge year his first season in the Scenic West Athletic Conference.  He batted .411 with 56 hits including 14 doubles, a school-record 11 triples and four homers. He also compiled 42 RBIs that season as well.

Augey Bill, LHP (Rd. 39, 1179th Overall)- Standing at 6-foot-9, this lefty hurler from Arizona was awarded 2012 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention.  In 2012, this bullpen gem pitched 6.2 innings and did not allow a run while registering seven strikeouts and issuing just one walk.

Garrett Cortright, RHP (Rd. 40, 1209th Overall)- His junior year at Canisius, Cortright posted an 11-4 record in 16 starts.  He ended the year with 2.41 ERA, 76 strikeouts and 115.2 innings pitched (a conference record). He finished with five complete games.

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