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Keys come back home to take on Myrtle Beach

After being swept on the road by Wilmington and falling to six games out of first place in the Carolina League North Division, the Frederick Keys come back to Nymeo Field for a four game series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans hoping to get back in the win column. The orange and black have had some success with the the Pelicans this season as they have won two out of three back on May 19-21. Frederick will send out Chris Lee (1-1, 4.73) in game one of the series. This will be his first appearance against the Pelicans. Lee will be countered by Jonathan Martinez (3-1, 2.86) who won in his last appearance against the Keys back on May 20.

 

Today’s lineup

Tucker Nathans LF

Adrian Marin SS

Drew Dosch 3B

Brenden Webb RF

Chance Sisco C

Josh Hart DH

Anthony Caronia 2B

Logan Uxa 1B

Gregory Lorenzo CF

Game Notes 6/8

BROOMED AWAY: The Frederick Keys made a season-high six errors, while the Wilmington Blue Rocks scored in five of eight innings to defeat the Keys 6-4 on Sunday afternoon at Frawley Stadium. With the victory, the Blue Rocks complete the four game sweep and take a six-game lead in the CL North Division standings, the most games the Keys have been out of first this year. After the orange and black tied the game in the sixth on an RBI base knock by Brenden Webb and a sac-fly by Anthony Caronia, Wilmington grabbed the lead for good in the home half of the inning. A single by Jack Lopez started things off, while a Logan Moon sac-bunt, a steal and a wild pitch brought Lopez home. Later in the inning, Carlos Garcia doubled in Dominique Taylor after the later reached on a single, an error by Drew Dosch at third and a passed ball. The Keys had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, but a controversial call on a play at the plate saw Dosch get doubled up and ejected along with his manager Orlando Gomez. Wilmington added single markers in the seventh and eighth innings, while Estarlin Cordero tossed two scoreless frames to complete the sweep.

 

BROOMED: Entering the 2015 season, the Keys had not been swept in a four-game road series since May 26-29, 2008 at Kinston. In 2015 it has happened twice, as the Blue Rocks wrapped up a four-game sweep on Sunday. Earlier this season, the Carolina Mudcats swept the orange and black in four game at Five County Stadium from May 1-4. This year, the Keys have struggled mightily on the road going 11-21 away from Nymeo Field, and are one of only two CL teams (Winston-Salem is the other) that are 10 games below .500 on the road.

 

WHERE’S THE LEATHER?: On Sunday, the Keys made six errors, eclipsing their previous season-high of five set on April 30 at Salem. Meanwhile, the six defensive miscues are the most the club has made since August 18, 2009. Coincidentally, that game came against the Blue Rocks, though was played in Frederick. Due to the defensive struggles in the series finale, the Keys are now tied for fifth in the league in fielding percentage (.973) and have committed 57 errors on the season, third-most in the league. Frederick trails only Lynchburg (71) and Potomac (58) in that department.

 

DAMAGE CONTROL MODE: Losers of four in a row, the Keys have equaled their longest losing streak of the season (which coincides with the four-game sweep at Carolina in early May) and are now six games out for the first time this year. Frederick is also a season-worst two games below .500, and is now stuck in a tie for second with Lynchburg, after the Hillcats scored nine unanswered runs on Sunday against Winston-Salem to erase a 7-0 deficit.  On Monday, the Keys try and avoid their first five-game losing streak since last July (when the team dropped six straight from July 24-30) though it will not be easy against Myrtle Beach. The Pelicans enter with the top record in the Carolina League (33-22) and hold a league-best 20-8 road record (the only winning road mark in the CL this year).

 

TUCKER TERRIFIC: In spite of Sunday’s outcome, Tucker Nathans equaled his season-high for hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. It was his 15th multi-hit game of the year, the most by any active member of the Keys. With the RBI on Sunday, the former Fairfield start equals his RBI total from 2014 (in just over half the games it took him to reach 26 last year) while he has already hit five homers after finishing with three in 2014. A strong candidate for an all-star selection, Nathans is second in the CL in hitting (.318), trailing only Lynchburg’s Bradley Zimmer. The 26-year-old is also third in on-base percentage (.398) and fifth in slugging percentage (.490).

 

SNAKE BIT BY THE BIG INNING: Dating back to a 12-8 loss against Lynchburg last Saturday, Keys pitching has repeatedly been plagued by the big inning. In the last eight days, an opponent has batted around five times, and has racked up two six-run innings, two five-run innings and two four-run innings. Over that week’s time, the Keys have a 7.05 ERA (60IP/47ER/69H). Frederick is last in the league in ERA (4.85) as well as runs (292), earned runs (261), home runs allowed (36), walks (244), hit-by-pitches (33) and wild pitches (55).

 

GAUSMAN SOLID IN REHAB START: Current Orioles pitcher and former Key, Kevin Gausman was sharp in his first MLB rehab start, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball. He struck out four and did not walk a batter, delivering 32 of his 40 pitches for strikes. It was Gausman’s first appearance in a game since May 6 against the Mets, as he went on the disabled list on May 8 with right shoulder tendinitis.

 

FINDING THE GROOVE: Chance Sisco was one of the few bright spots for the Keys on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored as well as his first Advanced-A home run. Working a nine-pitch at-bat against Rocks lefty Nick Green in the seventh, the 20-year-old won the battle, exiting the yard in right. It was his first homer since August 30, 2014 at Hickory. Sisco has multiple hits in two of his last three games, and has hit safely in five of his last six, batting .389 (7-for-18) during that time with a longball, two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.

 

MANCINI NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Thursday was an exciting day for Trey Mancini, who was promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but things got even better for the Keys former first baseman on Friday. Named the Orioles Minor League “Player of the Month” for May, Mancini becomes the second Frederick player this season to receive a monthly honor, joining Drew Dosch, who received the award in April. In May, Mancini hit .362 with five homers and 19 RBIs. During that time he led the league in batting average, slugging percentage (.578) and OPS (.981). In three games with Double-A Bowie, Mancini is 4-for-12 with a home run, a double, am RBI and three runs scored. His first Eastern league hit came off Red Sox big league rehabber Justin Masterson.

 

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: Right-hander Jonathan Martinez makes his 10th appearance of the year and his ninth start. His most recent outing came last Tuesday at Potomac, where he allowed one run on five hits in a no-decision. He is seventh in the CL in ERA (2.86), second in WHIP (0.93) and third in batting average against (.213) In one game against the Keys Martinez is 1-0, after tossing six innings of three-run baseball on May 20. Just a 20-year-old (he turns 21 on June 27) Martinez was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 31, 2011, but was traded last year as the player to be named later when Darwin Barney was sent to LA in late July. With Great Lakes (LA) and Kane County (CHC) combined last year, he went 11-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 24 starts. In 129.2 innings, he gave up 132 hits, 47 earned runs, struck out 106 and walked just 21. In 2013, he was ranked as the seventh-best Dodgers right-handed starting pitching prospect. Last year, he was the 16th youngest pitcher in the Midwest League and is one of the 30 youngest players at Advanced-A this season. He throws a fastball (89-92, tops at 94), sinker (87-89), slider (82-84), and changeup (81-83).

Keys Try to Avoid Sweep in Wilmington

Good Morning Keys Fans!

The Keys try and avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Crew earned a 9-3 win on Saturday, after batting around in the fourth and fifth.

Mitch Horacek gets the ball for the Keys and will be opposed by Blue Rocks righty Alec Mills. We could see a lot of strikeouts in this game, as Horacek and Mills ranks are the top two in the league in punch outs.

First pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m from Frawley Stadium and you can catch the broadcast on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.

Today’s game notes and lineup are attached below.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

LINEUP

1. CF Josh Hart

2. SS Adrian Marin

3. 3B Drew Dosch

4. DH Tucker Nathans

5. RF Brenden Webb

6. 2B Anthony Caronia

7. LF Johnny Ruettiger

8. 1B Logan Uxa

9. C Phil Llewellyn

LHP Mitch Horacek

Sunday, June 7, 2015 · Game #56 · Road Game #32

Frederick Keys (27-28) vs Wilmington Blue Rocks (32-23)

LHP Mitch Horacek (4-5, 3.73) vs. RHP Alec Mills (4-3, 2.75)

BAT AROUND BLUES: The Wilmington Blue Rocks batted around in the fourth and fifth innings scoring a total of nine times to top the Frederick Keys 9-3 on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium. It was the club’s third straight loss and seventh defeat in its last 10 games. With 15 games to play before the All-Star break, the orange and black are now five games out of first place. The Blue Rocks most productive inning was the fourth, as the home team scored four times off Dariel Delgado. After a one-out double by Frank Schwindel, Jack Lopez singled in the game’s first run, before consecutive walks made it 2-0. With the bases loaded, Logan Moon brought in Lopez on a sac-fly, while a two-run double by Carlos Garcia capped the scoring. Delgado would be tagged with four additional runs in the fifth, with half coming on a Schwindel double and the other two coming off three straight singles. Frederick scored the final three runs, with two coming off a longball by Chance Sisco in the seventh.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME: Saturday’s loss moved Frederick five games out of first in the CL North standings, the farthest the Keys have been out of the top spot this year. Prior to Saturday, the Keys had been no farther than four games out of first. Additionally, the loss drops the orange and black a game under .500 for just the second time in 2015. The only other instance where the team has been below .500 came on opening night, when Winston-Salem earned a 13-0 win.

NOT MY KINDA PLACE: Frawley Stadium has not been kind to the Keys this year. The orange and black have lost six of the seven games they have played on the Riverfront, giving the Blue Crew a 7-4 lead in the season-series. In spite of the results so far in the First State, five of the seven games between the two teams this year have been decided by two runs or less, with three hinging on one run. In general though, the Blue Rocks have been rude hosts to most of the Carolina League. Wilmington is a league-best 13 games over .500 in home games (22-9) and has claimed seven of its nine home sets this year (losing one and splitting the other). A big reason for the home success is pitching, as the Rocks staff has a 2.29 ERA at Frawley Stadium.

SNAKE BIT BY THE BIG INNING: Dating back to a 12-8 loss against Lynchburg last Saturday, Keys pitching has repeatedly been plagued by the big inning. In the last week, an opponent has batted around five times, and has racked up two six-run innings, two five-run innings and two four-run innings. Over that week’s time, the Keys have a 7.00 ERA (52IP/42R/61H). Frederick is last in the league in ERA (4.83) as well as runs (285), earned runs (256), home runs allowed (35), walks (242), hit-by-pitches (30) and wild pitches (54).

GAUSMAN SOLID IN REHAB START: Current Orioles pitcher and former Key, Kevin Gausman was sharp in his first MLB rehab start, tossing three innings of one-hit baseball. He struck out four and did not walk a batter, delivering 32 of his 40 pitches for strikes. It was Gausman’s first appearance in a game since May 6 against the Mets, as he went on the disabled list on May 8 with right shoulder tendinitis.

FINDING THE GROOVE: Chance Sisco was one of the few bright spots for the Keys on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored as well as his first Advanced-A home run. Working a nine-pitch at-bat against Rocks lefty Nick Green in the seventh, the 20-year-old won the battle, exiting the yard in right. It was his first homer since August 30, 2014 at Hickory. Sisco has multiple hits in two of his last three games, and has hit safely in four of his last five, batting .353 (6-for-17) during that time with a longball, two doubles, three RBIs and two runs scored.

HORSES FOR COURSES: Dating back to 2014, Adrian Marin has crushed Wilmington Blue Rocks pitching. Owner of back-to-back multi-hit games against Wilmington, Marin is batting .317 (13-for-41) with six doubles, two RBIs and eight runs scored against the Rocks this year. Last season was the same story, as he hit .318 in 18 games with three homers, 16 RBIs, 12 doubles and six runs scored.

MANCINI NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Thursday was an exciting day for Trey Mancini, who was promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but things got even better for the Keys former first baseman on Friday. Named the Orioles Minor League “Player of the Month” for May, Mancini becomes the second Frederick player this season to receive a monthly honor, joining Drew Dosch, who received the award in April. In May, Mancini hit .362 with five homers and 19 RBIs. During that time he led the league in batting average, slugging percentage (.578) and OPS (.981). In two games with Double-A Bowie, Mancini is 2-for-8 with a double. His first Eastern league hit came off Red Sox big league rehabber Justin Masterson.

FOUR-RUN RULE (ROAD VERSION): Even though there have been some deviations in the last few days, the four-run rule has held true throughout Keys road games this season. When Frederick does not score four or more runs in a road game, the club is 0-16, while the club has not won a road game when scoring fewer than four runs in A YEAR. Frederick’s last road win when scoring under three runs came last June 7 at Myrtle Beach, a game where Frederick topped the Pelicans 1-0 in 10 innings.

LOOKING AHEAD: Following Sunday’s finale, the Keys will play 11 of their final 14 first-half games at Nymeo Field. At home the Keys are 16-8, compared to 11-20 on the road (Winston-Salem is the only other team nine games below .500 at home). However starting on Monday, Frederick will begin a four-game set with the best road team in the Carolina League. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are 20-8 away from the Grand Strand, while no other CL team has a winning road record. From there, the Keys play three games at Potomac to wrap up their first-half road slate, before playing three against Carolina and four with Wilmington to end the first-half.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: Right-hander Alec Mills makes his 11th start on Sunday and his second against the Keys. In his most recent start on Monday at Carolina, the righty tossed a season-high eight innings, giving up a run on six hits, He walked one and struck out four. One of the Carolina League’s top pitchers this season, Mills is sixth in the league in ERA (2.75) and second in strikeouts (59) and SO/9IP ratio (9.54) among starters. The 23-year-old has won back-to-back games (both quality starts) and is coming off an excellent May where he went 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA in five games. In nine of his 10 trips to the mound he has allowed three runs or less, with the lone exception coming against Frederick on April 17 where he allowed five runs (four earned) on a season-high 10 hits. He walked one and struck out five. Strangely, Mills has a lower ERA in four road starts (2.08) than in six home starts (3.34). Mills spent 2014 between the Rookie-Advanced Pioneer League and Low-A Lexington. Making seven appearances at each stop (13 starts) he went a combined 4-3 with a 2.35 ERA over 57.1 innings, he walked 14 and struck out 47. He was a South-Atlantic League All-Star in 2013. Known for solid command, in his career he has only walked 2.1 batters per nine innings. Promoted to Low-A in late-July, he posted a 1.18 ERA in seven starts and did not allow any more than two runs in a start. Originally from Clarksville, TN, Mills was selected by Kansas City in the 22nd round of the 2012 draft out of Tennessee-Martin. He throws a fastball, curveball, slider and changeup.

Kevin Gausman to Make Rehab Start Saturday

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

The Keys will try and avoid falling five games off the CL North pace on Saturday, as the orange and black and the Blue Rocks meet in the second-to-last game of this four-game set. One advantage for the Keys tonight, will come in the former of Kevin Gausman, who will make an MLB rehab start for the Keys. He is expected to go three innings or 45 pitches.

He will be countered by lefty Cody Reed, the CL’s active leader in ERA (1.45). Against the Keys so far, he is 1-0 and has not allowed a run in eight innings. Both of Reed’s appearances have come out of the bullpen though, as he opened the year as a “piggybacker” with Luke Farrell. Once the later was promoted to Double-A though, Reed took over the rotation spot and has been brutal against every opponent he’s encountered.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from the Riverfront and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com. Lineups and notes are below.

Shake your Keys!

Geoff

LINEUP

1. CF Josh Hart

2. SS Adrian Marin

3. 3B Drew Dosch

4. DH Tucker Nathans

5. 2B Jeff Kemp

6. C Chance Sisco

7. LF Anthony Hewitt

8. 1B Logan Uxa

9. RF Gregory Lorenzo

RHP Kevin Gausman

Saturday, June 6, 2015 · Game #55 · Road Game #31

Frederick Keys (27-27) vs Wilmington Blue Rocks (31-23)

RHP Kevin Gausman (0-0, –) vs. LHP Cody Reed (4-3, 1.45)

FIRST STATE STRUGGLES CONTINUE: The Wilmington Blue Rocks utilized one big swing and excellent pitching from Jakob Junis, Robinson Yambati and Ashton Goudeau to top the Frederick Keys 5-1 on Friday night at Frawley Stadium. The loss dropped the club four games back in the CL North Division standings. Held off the board with runners in scoring position in the second and third, Wilmington grabbed the lead in the fourth off Luis Gonzalez. Following a one-out walk to Frank Schwindel, the Keys lefty got Dexter Kjerstad to fly out, but surrendered back-to-back singles to load up the bases. That sent up Santiago Nessy, who drove the first pitch off the leftfield wall for a bases clearing double. Those three runs would be plenty for Junis, who tossed six innings of one-run baseball. Frederick’s lone run came on an RBI single by Tucker Nathans in the sixth. The Blue Crew added two more in the seventh off Jimmy Yacabonis, while Yambati and Goudeau combined on three innings of two-hit baseball to close things out.

RUNNING OUT OF TIME: Friday’s loss moved Frederick four games out of first in the CL North standings, the farthest the Keys have been out of the top spot this year. Prior to Friday, the Keys had been no farther than 3.5 games out of first this year. Now back at .500 for the second time in the last five days (the Keys were 25-25 entering Tuesday’s game), Frederick tries to avoid falling below sea-level for just the second time this year. The Keys have not been a game below .500 since opening day when they were shutout by Winston-Salem 13-0. One positive for the orange and black is that 11 of their last 16 first-half games come at home (where they are 16-8) while 11 of Wilmington’s last 16 games will come on the road (where they are 10-14).

NOT MY KINDA PLACE: Frawley Stadium has not been kind to the Keys this year. The orange and black have lost five of the six games they have played on the Riverfront, giving the Blue Crew a 6-4 lead in the season-series. In spite of the results so far in the First State, five of the six games between the two teams this year have been decided by two runs or less, with three hinging on one run. In general though, the Blue Rocks have been rude hosts to most of the Carolina League. Wilmington is a league-best 12 games over .500 in home games (21-9) and has claimed six of its eight home sets this year (losing one and splitting the other). A big reason for the home success is pitching, as the Rocks staff has a 2.30 ERA at Frawley Stadium.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Keys will play six of their final 16 first-half games against Wilmington, including the last four games at Nymeo Field. So far, the home team has held the upper-hand in the season-set, with the Keys taking three of the four games on Stadium Drive and the Blue Crew taking five of six on the Riverfront. This season, Frederick is hitting .263 off Wilmington pitching, while the Keys pitching staff has a 4.75 ERA. In contrast, the Blue Rocks are batting .282 off Keys arms and own a 3.19 ERA. Individually, Tucker Nathans (9G/.367/11-30) and Drew Dosch (10G/.351/13-37) pace Frederick’s offense, while Frank Schwindel (10G/.368/15-for-41) and Cam Gallagher (9G/.360/9-for-25) lead the Wilmington bats.

GAUSMAN TO START SATURDAY: Current Orioles pitcher and former Key, Kevin Gausman will make a rehab start with the Keys on Saturday as he works his way back from right shoulder tendinitis. This will be Gausman’s first appearance in exactly one month, as he last pitched against the Mets on May 6 in relief (1IP/0R). Not his first time in a Keys uniform, the former LSU star made three starts with the Keys after being drafted by the O’s in 2012. He went 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and never worked more than three innings.

MANCINI NAMED PLAYER OF THE MONTH: Thursday was an exciting day for Trey Mancini, who was promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox, but things got even better for the Keys former first baseman on Friday. Named the Orioles Minor League “Player of the Month” for May, Mancini becomes the second Frederick player this season to receive a monthly honor, joining Drew Dosch, who received the award in April. In May, Mancini hit .362 with five homers and 19 RBIs. During that time he led the league in batting average, slugging percentage (.578) and OPS (.981). In his Double-A debut at Portland on Friday he went 1-for-4 with two runs scored. His first Double-A hit came off Red Sox big league rehabber Justin Masterson.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: This four-game roadtrip to Wilmington will be the second-to-last of the first-half for the Keys. After Sunday, the team will play only three more road games (Frederick visits Potomac from June 12-14). Last time the Keys were on the road, they enjoyed their most successful sojourn of the year, going 4-3 while visiting Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg. In their previous three trips, the team went 3-4, 2-5 and 2-5. Overall, Frederick is 11-19 (.367) in road games, and join Winston-Salem as the only other CL team eight games below .500 on the road.

FOUR-RUN RULE (ROAD VERSION): Even though there have been some deviations in the last few days, the four-run rule has held true throughout Keys road games this season. When Frederick does not score four or more runs in a road game, the club is 0-15, while the club has not won a road game when scoring fewer than four runs in ALMOST A YEAR. Frederick’s last road win when scoring under three runs came last June 7 at Myrtle Beach, a game where Frederick topped the Pelicans 1-0 in 10 innings.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER: Lefty Cody Reed makes his 11th appearance on Saturday and his eighth start. In his most recent start last Sunday at Carolina, the Mississippi native suffered his first loss since May 2 despite turning in a complete game, quality start. Over six innings he allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits to go along with two walks and three strikeouts. Reed enters Saturday second in the Carolina League in ERA (1.45) and ranks as the active leader (since Lynchburg’s Adam Plutko has been promoted to Double-A). He rates third in batting average against (.211) and fourth in strikeouts (51). In all 10 of Reed’s appearances he has allowed three runs or less and has turned in a quality start in three of his last four games. Brutally tough against the Keys this year, the southpaw has tossed eight shutout innings against the orange and black, giving up just four hits and striking out nine. He earned a save the last time he saw the Keys on April 26, but is now in the rotation full-time after he opened the year in a piggyback with Luke Farrell (who has since been promoted to Double-A. Reed spent all of last season at Low-A Lexington, where he went 3-9 with a 5.46 ERA in 19 starts. Things got off to a tough start for Reed, who lost each of his first six decisions before earning his first victory on June 11. His best month of the season came in June, when he went 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in four starts (21IP/6ER). Opponents hit Reed at a high clip, batting .312 against him, while righties were a problem in particular (.338). Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Reed was selected by the Royals in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2013 draft out of Northwest Mississippi Community College. In two seasons, he set school records in strikeouts (161), wins (16) and innings pitched (137.2) to go along with 10 complete games. Committed to attend Ole Miss after his second JUCO season, he was lured away for a reported $1,198,500 signing bonus. A three-pitch pitcher, Reed throws a fastball in the low nineties, a slider and a changeup. Last season, he was rated the No. 28 prospect in the Royals system by Baseball America.

The Keys and the Blue Rocks Tangle Again

Good Afternoon Keys Fans!

The Keys and the Blue Rocks continue their four-game series on Friday night at 7:05 p.m from the Wilmington Riverfront. Hopefully the rain will hold off and give us a nicer night for baseball than we had Thursday. With one out in the seventh inning, the rains came, while after a delay of a little less than an hour, the game was called (remember a game becomes official after five innings).

With the win, the Blue Rocks extended their CL North lead to three, and took a one-game edge in the season series (5-4). Still, there is time to make up ground, as the Keys will play Wilmington seven times in their final 17 first-half games.

Tonight Luis Gonzalez makes the start for the orange and black against Jakob Junis for the Blue Rocks. Some game notes and today’s lineup are below. And as always, you can hear the broadcast on 1450 AM The Source and frederickkeys.com.

Talk soon and shake your keys!

Geoff

LINEUP

1. CF Josh Hart

2. SS Adrian Marin

3. 3B Drew Dosch

4. DH Tucker Nathans

5. C Chance Sisco

6. RF Brenden Webb

7. 2B Anthony Caronia

8. LF Johnny Ruettiger

9. 1B Logan Uxa

LHP Luis Gonzalez

Friday, June 5, 2015 · Game #54 · Road Game #30

Frederick Keys (27-26) vs Wilmington Blue Rocks (30-23)

LHP Luis Gonzalez (3-4, 8.79) vs. RHP Jakob Junis (2-4, 4.05)

BEAT BY THE ROCKS AND THE RAIN: The Wilmington Blue Rocks claimed a 7-5 rain-shortened win on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium after the rains came with one out in the top of the seventh. Ahead 5-0 after the first inning, the Keys saw Wilmington score seven unanswered runs to stretch their lead to three games in the CL North Division standings. In the fourth, the Blue Crew pulled within three on an RBI double by Frank Schwindel, before sending seven men to bat in the fifth. Ramon Torres opened the inning with a single off David Hess, before the Keys starter retired the next two batters. With two outs, Cody Stubbs singled Torres to third, setting up another opportunity for Schwindel. Working the count full, the Rocks cleanup batter doubled in a pair to force Hess out of the game. One batter later, Wilmington took the lead on a two-run homer by Dexter Kjerstad. Wilmington added an insurance run in the sixth, before the tarp went on the field just before nine o’clock.

A TOUGH PILL TO SWALLOW: On Thursday, the Keys suffered their biggest lost lead of the season, as a five-run advantage slipped away in Wilmington. Prior to the series opener, the club’s largest lost advantage was a four-run cushion. A major reason for the setback was a stagnant offense after the first inning. After scoring five times in the first (tied for the team’s second-largest inning of the year), the Keys got just two hits off Eric Skoglund and Estarlin Cordero the rest of the way. Skoglund retired nine in-a-row at one point, while Frederick got only one extra-base hit and one runner into scoring position after the first.

GROUND LOST: Making matters worse, the Keys lost ground in the CL North Division race. Frederick is now three games behind Wilmington for the division lead, with 17 games remaining before the All-Star break. The orange and black have been stuck in second place since May 23 and are trying to avoid falling four games off the pace on Friday. This season, the club has never been more than 3.5 games out of first.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: In spite of the team’s current deficit, the Keys will play seven of their final 17 first-half games against Wilmington, including the last four games at Nymeo Field. So far, the home team has held the upper-hand in the season-set, with the Keys taking three of the four games on Stadium Drive and the Blue Crew taking four of five on the Riverfront. This season, Frederick is hitting .264 off Wilmington pitching, while the Keys pitching staff has a 4.06 ERA. In contrast, the Blue Rocks are batting .278 off Keys arms and own a 3.45 ERA. Individually, Drew Dosch (.364/12-for-33) and Tucker Nathans (.346/9-for-26) pace Frederick’s offense, while Frank Schwindel (.368/14-for-38) and Cam Gallagher (.360/9-for-25) lead the Wilmington bats.

WHAT HARD AND FAST RULES?: Lately, the usual “four-run rule” has not held the same weight, where the Keys win if they score or more runs (and vice-versa). Each of the last three games (and six of the last nine) have gone completely against that tenet. After opening the year 12-0 when scoring more than three times, Frederick has dropped four of its last five games when eclipsing the three-run plateau. Meanwhile, the team has won back-to-back games when posting three or fewer runs. On the road though, the four-run rule holds true, as the Keys are 0-14 when scoring less than four runs (and 11-4 when plating four or more).

FREE RIDING: For the second straight game, Keys pitching walked five batters over seven innings, while the club has now issued 25 free tickets in its last five games (spanning 37 innings). Just less than 40% of that total comes from Sunday, when the Keys walked nine batters for the fourth time this season. On six occasions this year, Frederick has walked nine or more in a game, with the pitching staff issuing 11 walks on two occasions (last on April 22). Keys pitching has walked 236 this year to lead the league (no other team has more than 176), while the Keys have walked more than twice as many as Wilmington pitching (107), the top pitching staff in the CL.

GRAND SALAMI TIME!: Thursday marked the first time in a long while that the Keys had hit a grand slam. Brenden Webb did the honors in the first inning, clearing the bases with a blast off Eric Skoglund. It was the first Frederick grand slam since June 2, 2013, when Jerome Pena did it….in Wilmington. Webb sits just outside the top five in the CL in home runs (five) while he has two homers, a double and six RBIs against the Blue Crew this year (he is batting .267 in nine games against the Rocks).

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: This four-game roadtrip to Wilmington will be the second-to-last of the first-half for the Keys. After Sunday, the team will play only three more road games (Frederick visits Potomac from June 12-14). Last time the Keys were on the road, they enjoyed their most successful sojourn of the year, going 4-3 while visiting Myrtle Beach and Lynchburg. In their previous three trips, the team went 3-4, 2-5 and 2-5. Overall, Frederick is 11-18 (.379) in road games, and are one of one three CL clubs that are seven games below .500 in road games. A trend throughout the Carolina League, only Myrtle Beach (20-8) has a winning record away from its home ballpark while all seven other teams are below .500.

WRAPPING UP MAY: The Keys finished May with a 12-17 record, finishing behind Wilmington (17-13) and Lynchburg (14-16). Offensively, the month was a big success for the orange and black, who hit .276 as a team, 33 points higher than their average in April. Although Frederick led the league in hitting, the pitching staff had the highest May ERA of any CL club. Jumping from 4.07 in April to 5.32 over the season’s second month, Keys pitching walked 133 in 250.1 innings (4.78 BB/9IP ratio). Individually, Trey Mancini led the team in batting average (.362), home runs (five) and RBIs (19) while Anthony Caronia (.354), Jeff Kemp (.311), Johnny Ruettiger (.309) and Tucker Nathans (.302) each performed well offensively. On the mound, relievers Jimmy Yacabonis (2.03 ERA/9G) and Nik Nowottnick (2.25 ERA/8G) and starter Jhonathan Ramos (2.18 ERA/4GS) were bright spots.

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: Jakob Junis makes his 11th start of the season on Friday and his second against the Keys. In his most recent outing last Saturday at Carolina, the righty suffered the loss, giving up a season-high seven runs (six earned) on eight hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out one. His start at Frederick on April 25 was one of his best of the year, as he tossed six shutout innings of four-hit baseball to go along with a walk and six strikeouts. The Illinois native got a no-decision, as the Keys tied the game in the eighth and got a walk-off homer from Austin Wynns in the ninth. An innings eater this season, the righty ranks third in the CL in innings pitched (60.0) and has worked into the sixth inning or later in seven of his 10 starts. He is also one of three Wilmington starters in the top five in lowest BB/9IP ratio (1.05/3rd) and rates fifth in fewest baserunners/9IP (9.60). Like in 2014, Junis’ main bugaboo has been the longball, as he is tied for third in homers allowed (he gave up 16 last year second-most in the South Atlantic League). Junis spent all of 2011 at Low-A Lexington where he went 9-8 with a 4.30 ERA in 26 games (22 starts) over 136 innings. Outstanding in the first-half of the year, Junis went 7-4, before posting a 5.91 ERA after the All-Star break. Some of those struggles can be due to a poor July, where Junis finished with an ERA of 8.68. A 29th round selection by Kansas City in 2011 draft, Junis was an All-State baseball and basketball selection as a senior at Rock Falls (IL) High School. Signed by Kansas City for reported $675,000, Junis turned down a scholarship offer to play at NC State. A three-pitch pitcher, Junis throws a fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Keys look to sweep doubleheader with Lynchburg

Today the Keys will play two as last night’s contest was postponed. Down 0-2 in the series, the team looks to rebound by sweeping the doubleheader to evening up the four-game set before going into an off day Even the rain can’t dampen the spirits of Frederick players and faithful of getting back into the win column. The Keys will send Mitch Horacek (3-5, 3.90) out in hopes of getting a much needed win in game one. Horacek has faced the Hillcats three times this season and has won every one of them. He will be countered by Luis Lugo (3-2, 4.46) as he will be making his second appearance against the orange and black on the year. He last faced them on 4/13 where he received a no-decision. In game two Frederick will be sending out Chris Lee (0-1, 7.56) where he will be countered by Mitch Brown (2-2, 4.54).

Game one starts 11 am as game two will shortly follow

Lineup (Game 1)

Josh Hart CF

Tucker Nathans LF

Trey Mancini 1B

Jeff Kemp 2B

Chance Sisco C

Adrian Marin SS

Brenden Webb DH

Anthony Caronia 3B

Gregory Lorenzo RF

6/2 Game Notes

RAIN, RAIN, GO AWAY: The Frederick Keys and the Lynchburg Hillcats were rained out on Monday night at Nymeo Field. On Tuesday, the two teams will play a doubleheader, with both games going seven innings. This is the second time the Keys and the Hillcats have played a morning doubleheader this year. Frederick pulled the sweep on April 15, winning 7-0 and 4-3 respectively.

 

TAKE A WALK, LEND A HAND: The Lynchburg Hillcats scored five times in the third inning thanks to five walks, while the Frederick Keys walked nine total in a 9-1 setback on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field. With the loss, the Keys suffer their first losing homestand of 2015 and their fifth loss in six games. A Trey Mancini home run in the bottom of the first tied the game at one, but Lynchburg grabbed the lead to stay two innings later. Allowing just one hit in the inning, Jarett Miller walked the leadoff batter Clint Frazier, before putting aboard four of the next six batters in similar fashion. Free rides to Alex Monsalve and James Roberts made it a 3-1 game, while a single to center by Ivan Castillo and an error by Josh Hart in center brought in three more markers. Lynchburg scored three more times, but the third inning would provide more than enough support for D.J. Brown. The Hillcats starter allowed just one run over a career-high 7.2 innings on just 89 pitches.

 

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: For the first time since April 10 (the second day of the season) the Keys are playing .500 baseball, with the team siting at 25-25. Frederick has never been more than a game below sea-level this year, and that has only occurred once, when the orange and black lost to Winston-Salem 13-0 on opening day. Losers of five out of six games, this is the club’s roughest stretch of baseball since April 26-May 4 when the team dropped six of eight against Wilmington, Salem and Carolina.

 

A RAINBOW ATTACHED TO A THUNDERSTORM: Despite the loss on Sunday and Monday’s rainout, the Keys have not lost any ground in the CL North race since Saturday. That is because the division-leading Wilmington Blue Rocks fell in both ends of a doubleheader to the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday. The Keys have an important series against Wilmington starting on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium (four games long) while the Frederick will play eight of its final 20 first-half games against its First State rival.

 

FREE RIDING: On Sunday, the Keys walked nine batters for the fourth time this season. Six of those belonged to Jarett Miller, who tied his career-high in free rides for the third time this season. Frederick’s season-high for walks in a game is 11, something which has occurred twice (most recently on April 22). Keys pitching has walked 224 this year to lead the league, with the next-closest team (Lynchburg) having walked 167.

 

WHERE’S THE HOME COOKING?: After opening this homestand with a 13-4 mark in games at Nymeo Field, the orange and black have dropped four of their last five home tilts. Still, the orange and black have been one of the league’s top home teams. Frederick’s .636 winning percentage (14-8) is second-best in the league, trailing only Wilmington’s .679 mark (19-9).

 

WRAPPING UP MAY: The Keys finished May with a 12-17 record, finishing behind Wilmington (17-13) and Lynchburg (14-16). Offensively, the month was a big success for the orange and black, who hit .276 as a team, 33 points higher than their average in April. Although Frederick led the league in hitting, the pitching staff had the highest May ERA of any CL club. Jumping from 4.07 in April to 5.32 over the season’s second month, Keys pitching walked 133 in 250.1 innings (4.78 BB/9IP ratio). Individually, Trey Mancini led the team in batting average (.362), home runs (five) and RBIs (19) while Anthony Caronia (.354), Jeff Kemp (.311), Johnny Ruettiger (.309) and Tucker Nathans (.302) each performed well offensively. On the mound, relievers Jimmy Yacabonis (2.03 ERA/9G) and Nik Nowottnick (2.25 ERA/8G) and starter Jhonathan Ramos (2.18 ERA/4GS) were bright spots.

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: The Keys success this year has hinged on excellent offense. Entering Tuesday, the Keys have three players in the top 10 in the CL in hitting (Trey Mancini, Tucker Nathans and Drew Dosch). No other team has more than two in that department (Carolina and Lynchburg). As a team, Frederick paces the circuit in hitting (.263), and rate second in RBIs (200), home runs (24), total bases (625) and stolen bases (59).

 

COOLING DOWN A WILDFIRE: Trey Mancini has been on fire at the plate, hitting .429 (18-for-42) with three home runs, six RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last 10 games. After an up-and-down April the former Notre Dame star has seen his average climb 68 points in his last 29 games (.244 to .312). Mancini has multiple hits in 12 of his last 20 contests and ranks second in the league in hitting (.312). He paces the circuit in hits (63), extra-base knocks (23) and total bases (103). He is third in home runs (seven), fourth in RBIs (30) and sits fifth in doubles (13).

 

TODAY’S GAME ONE STARTER: Lefty Luis Lugo makes his eighth start on Monday and his second against the Keys. He is the No. 21 prospect in the Indians system according to Baseball America. Winner of three straight starts, Lugo defeated Winston-Salem last Wednesday, tossing six innings of two-run baseball. He allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out six. Lugo’s lone start against the Keys was his Advanced-A debut on April 13. In that game, he surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits in 4.2 innings. Not factoring into the decision, the game between the Hillcats and Keys went 16 innings, the longest game in the league this year. From May 1-9 Lugo was on the disabled list. Originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the 21-year-old spent all of 2014 at Low-A Lake County. In 27 games (22 starts) Lugo went 10-9 with a 4.92 ERA in 126.1 innings. Finishing third in the Midwest League in strikeouts (146) he racked up 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Ending the year strong, the southpaw registered a 2.14 ERA in August after a disastrous July (9.12 ERA 30R/26ER/25.2 IP). Signed as an international free agent for a reported $415,000, Lugo had a bevy of control issues during his first pro season in 2011 (5.9 BB/9IP) before improving the consistency of his mechanics (according to Baseball America). A four pitch pitcher, Lugo throws a fastball in the low 90s, a curveball, a slider and a changeup, with his changeup receiving high marks. An avid fisherman, Lugo enjoyed bass fishing in the Grand River and Lake Erie while playing for Lake County.

Keys look to get a win back from Lynchburg

Last night Lynchburg came out swinging again as they plated nine runs enroute to a 9-1 win and took an a 2-0 advantage in the series. The Keys will look to gain a game back as they hit the field at 7:00 P.M. tonight. Frederick will send Mitch Horacek (3-5, 3.90) out in hopes of getting a much needed win. Horacek has faced the Hillcats three times this season and has won every one of them. He will be countered by Luis Lugo (3-2, 4.46) as he will be making his second appearance against the orange and black on the year. He last faced them on 4/13 where he received a no-decision.

 

Lineup

Josh Hart CF

Tucker Nathans LF

Trey Mancini 1B

Jeff Kemp 2B

Chance Sisco C

Adrian Marin SS

Brenden Webb DH

Anthony Caronia 3B

Gregory Lorenzo RF

6/1 Game Notes

TAKE A WALK, LEND A HAND: The Lynchburg Hillcats scored five times in the third inning thanks to five walks, while the Frederick Keys walked nine total in a 9-1 setback on Sunday afternoon at Nymeo Field. With the loss, the Keys suffer their first losing homestand of 2015 and their fifth loss in five games. A Trey Mancini home run in the bottom of the first tied the game at one, but Lynchburg grabbed the lead to stay two innings later. Recording just one hit in the inning, Jarett Miller walked the leadoff batter Clint Frazier, before putting aboard four of the next six batters in similar fashion. Free rides to Alex Monsalve and James Roberts made it a 3-1 game, while a single to center by Ivan Castillo and an error by Josh Hart in center brought in three more markers. Lynchburg scored three more times, but the third inning would provide more than enough support for D.J. Brown. The Hillcats starter allowed just one run over a career-high 7.2 innings on just 89 pitches.

 

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: For the first time since April 10 (the second day of the season) the Keys are playing .500 baseball, with the team siting at 25-25. Frederick has never been more than a game below sea-level this year, and that has only occurred once, when the orange and black lost to Winston-Salem 13-0 on opening day. Losers of five out of six games, this is the club’s roughest stretch of baseball since April 26-May 4 when the team dropped six of eight against Wilmington, Salem and Carolina.

 

A RAINBOW ATTACHED TO A THUNDERSTORM: Despite the loss on Sunday, the Keys actually gained ground in the CL North race. Entering Sunday 2.5 games out of first, the division-leading Wilmington Blue Rocks fell in both ends of a doubleheader to the Carolina Mudcats. The Keys have an important series against Wilmington starting on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium (four games long) while the Frederick will play eight of its last 20 first-half games against its First State rival.

 

FREE RIDING: On Sunday, the Keys walked nine batters for the fourth time this season. Six of those belonged to Jarett Miller, who tied his career-high in free rides for the third time this season. Frederick’s season-high for walks in a game is 11, something which has occurred twice (most recently on April 22). Keys pitching has walked 224 this year the lead the league, with the next-closest team (Lynchburg) having walked 167.

 

WHERE’S THE HOME COOKING?: After opening this homestand with a 13-4 mark in games at Nymeo Field, the orange and black have dropped four of their last five home tilts. Still, the orange and black have been one of the league’s top home teams. Frederick’s .636 winning percentage (14-8) is second-best in the league, trailing only Wilmington’s .679 mark (19-9).

 

WRAPPING UP MAY: The Keys finished May with a 12-17 record, finishing behind Wilmington (17-13) and Lynchburg (14-16). Offensively, the month was a big success for the orange and black, who hit .276 as a team, 33 points higher than their average in April. Although Frederick led the league in hitting, the pitching staff had the highest May ERA of any CL club. Jumping from 4.07 in April to 5.32 over the season’s second month, Keys pitching walked 133 in 250.1 innings (4.78 BB/9IP ratio). Individually, Trey Mancini led the team in batting average (.362), home runs (five) and RBIs (19) while Anthony Caronia (.354), Jeff Kemp (.311), Johnny Ruettiger (.309) and Tucker Nathans (.302) each performed well offensively. On the mound, relievers Jimmy Yacabonis (2.03 ERA/9G) and Nik Nowottnick (2.25 ERA/8G) and starter Jhonathan Ramos (2.18 ERA/4GS) were bright spots.

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: The Keys success this year has hinged on excellent offense. Entering Monday, the Keys have three players in the top 10 in the CL in hitting (Trey Mancini, Tucker Nathans and Drew Dosch). No other team has more than two in that department (Carolina and Lynchburg). As a team, Frederick paces the circuit in hitting (.263), and rate second in RBIs (200), home runs (24), total bases (625) and stolen bases (59).

 

COOLING DOWN A WILDFIRE: Trey Mancini has been on fire at the plate, hitting .429 (18-for-42) with three home runs, six RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last 10 games. After an up-and-down April the former Notre Dame star has seen his average climb 68 points in his last 29 games (.244 to .312). Mancini has multiple hits in 12 of his last 20 contests and ranks second in the league in hitting (.312). He paces the circuit in hits (63), extra-base knocks (23) and total bases (103). He is third in home runs (seven), fourth in RBIs (30) and sits fifth in doubles (13).

 

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: Lefty Luis Lugo makes his eighth start on Monday and his second against the Keys. He is the No. 21 prospect in the Indians system according to Baseball America. Winner of three straight starts, Lugo defeated Winston-Salem last Wednesday, tossing six innings of two-run baseball. He allowed just two hits, walked three and struck out six. Lugo’s lone start against the Keys was his Advanced-A debut on April 13. In that game, he surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits in 4.2 innings. Not factoring into the decision, the game between the Hillcats and Keys went 16 innings, the longest game in the league this year. From May 1-9 Lugo was on the disabled list. Originally from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, the 21-year-old spent all of 2014 at Low-A Lake County. In 27 games (22 starts) Lugo went 10-9 with a 4.92 ERA in 126.1 innings. Finishing third in the Midwest League in strikeouts (146) he racked up 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Ending the year strong, the southpaw registered a 2.14 ERA in August after a disastrous July (9.12 ERA 30R/26ER/25.2 IP). Signed as an international free agent for a reported $415,000, Lugo had a bevy of control issues during his first pro season in 2011 (5.9 BB/9IP) before improving the consistency of his mechanics (according to Baseball America). A four pitch pitcher, Lugo throws a fastball in the low 90s, a curveball, a slider and a changeup, with his changeup receiving high marks. An avid fisherman, Lugo enjoyed bass fishing in the Grand River and Lake Erie while playing for Lake County.

Keys look to even series with Lynchburg

Last night was just an old fashioned slugfest between the two teams, but Lynchburg prevailed as they handed Frederick a 12-8 loss in game one of the series. Today the Keys will try to even the series as they will send out Jarrett Miller (2-1, 4.00) to the mound. He will be countered by the Hillcats’ DJ Brown (2-2, 4.54). Today’s contest will begin at 2:00 P.M.

 

Lineup

Josh Hart CF

Tucker Nathans LF

Trey Mancini 1B

Jeff Kemp 2B

Chance Sisco C

Adrian Marin SS

Brenden Webb RF

Anthony Caronia 3B

Johnny Ruettiger DH

5/31 Game Notes

ATTACK OF THE BATS: Frederick Keys pitching allowed a season-high 17 hits and a total of 12 runs, with 10 charged to Luis Gonzalez as the Lynchburg Hillcats earned a 12-8 victory on Saturday night at Nymeo Field. In spite of batting around twice and getting two home runs and four RBIs from Clint Frazier, the game was not a runaway for the visitors. Armed with a 12-2 lead at one stretch, the Hillcats committed four errors, walked eight and needed five different pitchers to close the door on the Keys. Frederick’s big inning came in the fifth, as the orange and black scored five times and sent 11 different men to bat. Helped out by four walks (two of which forced in runs), a home run by Tucker Nathans, an RBI single by Anthony Caronia and a sac-fly by Johnny Ruettiger the Keys were able to pull within five, but could never get closer than four runs down. All 12 Lynchburg runs were scored over two innings, with the Hillcats plating six in the first and six in the fourth. Five Hillcats recorded multiple hit games and seven had at least one RBI.

 

HIT AROUND AND DOWN: The 12 runs allowed by Keys pitching on Saturday ranked as the fourth-most given up by the staff this year. Making matters worse, all 12 runs were earned to raise the club’s ERA from 4.56 to 4.71.  The 12 runs were the second-most earned runs Frederick has given up in a game this year (the team gave up 13 to Winston-Salem on May 7). Most of the damage was saddled on Luis Gonzalez who allowed a career-highs in runs (10) and hits (12). In four starts against the Hillcats this year, Gonzalez’s ERA is 18.00 (13IP/26ER), while the Hillcats as a team are batting .275 off Frederick pitching over 14 games this season.

 

WHERE’S THE HOME COOKING?: With a loss in the series opener, Frederick has dropped three of its last four home games. Entering this homestand, the Keys had claimed five straight home series, and had not lost more than one game in any 2015 set played on Stadium Drive. Still, the orange and black have been one of the league’s top home teams. Frederick’s .667 winning percentage (14-7) is second-best in the league, trailing only Wilmington’s .678 mark (19-9).

 

THE SUNSHINE STATE SLAMMER: Although much of the attention in May has fallen on Trey Mancini, Anthony Caronia has put together an outstanding May. On Saturday that success continued, as he posted a season-high three hits, going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. After batting just .207 in his first 10 games, the Orlando native has hit .371 in 19 May contests to raise his season average by a whopping 112 points to .319. Caronia would rank third in the league in batting average but does not have enough plate appearances to qualify. That can be due in part to a promotion to Triple-A Norfolk on May 16, which saw the 24-year-old miss more than a week of Carolina League action.

 

NO GROUND LOST: Although Saturday’s loss was a tough pill to swallow, Frederick did not lose ground in the CL North playoff race to the Blue Rocks. Wilmington suffered a 7-0 loss at Carolina. The Keys trail the Blue Rocks by 2.5 games entering Sunday, but that margin could potentially grow, as the Blue Crew and the Mudcats play a Sunday doubleheader.

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: The Keys success this year has hinged on excellent offense. Entering Sunday, the Keys have four players in the top 10 in the CL in hitting (Trey Mancini, Tucker Nathans, Jeff Kemp and Drew Dosch). No other team has more than two in that department (Myrtle Beach). As a team, Frederick paces the circuit in hitting (.265), and rate second in RBIs (199), total bases (614) and stolen bases (59). Frederick is also tied for second in home runs (23). In the month of May the Keys are batting .281 as a club, the top mark in the league.

 

KEYS TO THE MAJORS: Former Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez became the latest member of the orange and black to reach the Major Leagues when he made his first big league start with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Outstanding in his debut, the 22-year-old earned the win, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Acquired by Boston for Andrew Miller last July 31, Rodriguez became the 138th former Key to reach the Majors. He joins Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Oliver Drake and Scott Copeland (Toronto) as other Keys alumni to reach the bigs in 2015.

 

COOLING DOWN A WILDFIRE: Trey Mancini has been one of the Carolina League’s toughest outs in May. After hitting .244 in 21 games this April, the former Notre Dame standout is batting .366 (40-for-108) in 28 May contests. Mancini has multiple hits in 12 of his last 19 contests and ranks third in the league in hitting (.313). He paces the circuit in hits (62), extra-base knocks (22) and total bases (99). He is tied for third in home runs (six), fourth in RBIs (29) and sits fifth in doubles (13).

 

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: D.J. Brown makes his 11th appearance of the season and his fifth start. His most recent outing came on Memorial Day against the Keys, where he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits in three innings. He received a no-decision. It was a spot start for Brown, who was filling in for Adam Plutko, as the Hillcats ace was promoted to Double-A. Against the Keys this year, Brown has a 9.00 ERA (6IP/8R/6ER) and no record while he has given up 16 hits and the Keys are batting .485 against him. This is Brown’s second go-around at the Carolina League, spending most of last season with Carolina as a starter. He went 3-8 with a 4.51 ERA in 26 games, 20 starts. He logged 123.2, gave up 144 hits, 62 earned runs, walked 33 and struck out 88. Brown fared much better as a reliever in limited time, as he was 3-7 with a 5.07 ERA as a starter and 0-1 with a 1.42 ERA out of the bullpen. 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. 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.

Keys host Lynchburg in four-game series

Frederick avoided a sweep last night with a 5-4 victory over Salem, but they still had lost the series, their first home series loss of the season. Now the Keys host the Lynchburg Hillcats as they will play a four-game set to finish off the seven-game homestand. In the series opener tonight, the orange and black will trot out southpaw Luis Gonzalez (3-3, 7.15) as the Hillcats will counter with Michael Peoples (3-3, 7.23). The last time Lynchburg visited back in April, Frederick swept the three game set. The Keys lead the season series 5-4.

 

Lineup

Josh Hart CF

Tucker Nathans DH

Trey Mancini 1B

Jeff Kemp 2B

Brenden Webb RF

Adrian Marin SS

Anthony Caronia 3B

Johnny Ruettiger LF

Phil Llewellyn C

 

5/30 Game Notes

KEYS FEND OFF SOX, AVOID SWEEP: The Frederick Keys utilized good situational pitching and a big catch by Josh Hart in the sixth inning to fend off the Salem Red Sox 5-4 on Friday night at Nymeo Field. Thanks to the win, the orange and black avoided tying their longest losing streak of the season (four games) and prevented a three-game sweep. On the game, Keys arms stranded 12 Red Sox on base, while the visitors finished just 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position. In the sixth, a major Salem rally was thwarted. With the bases loaded and one out, Tzu-Wei Lin hit a line drive to centerfield, which Hart dove for and caught, before throwing to second for a double play. Frederick then took the lead for good in the sixth. After a leadoff double by Jeff Kemp, Chance Sisco moved his teammate to third on a groundout, to set up Adrian Marin who singled up the middle to make it 4-3. That advantage would grow by an extra tally on a single by Anthony Caronia and a Red Sox error. Armed with a chance to tie the game in the eighth, Salem scored once, but left runners at the corners, while Cody Wheeler struck out the side in the ninth, keeping the tying and go-ahead runners aboard.

 

KEEP THE BROOMS IN THE CLOSET: Friday’s win helped the Keys avoid their first home brooming since July 27, 2014 against the Lynchburg Hillcats. Additionally, the club had not lost four straight games since May 1-4, when the team dropped four straight to the Carolina Mudcats. Prior to series against the Red Sox, Frederick had not fallen in back-to-back home games all year and had won five consecutive home series.

 

PICKING UP GROUND: The victory in the series finale also helped the Keys gain ground in the CL North playoff race, as the Wilmington Blue Rocks fell to the Potomac Nationals 3-1. With 22 games left in the first-half, the Blue Crew hold the division lead by 2.5 games, though Frederick and Wilmington will see each other eight more times (including the final four games of the first-half). This weekend, the Blue Rocks visit Carolina, a team that just snapped a franchise-worst 12-game losing streak on Friday.

 

WIETERS TO REHAB IN FREDERICK: On Friday night, the Keys received official word that Orioles catcher, and former Key, Matt Wieters, will rehab at Nymeo Field on Monday night. The former seventh overall pick is expected to be behind the plate as he continues his comeback from Tommy John surgery. The game will mark Wieters first appearance in a Frederick uniform since 2008, his first year of professional baseball. Beginning his career on Stadium Drive, he hit .345 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs in 69 games before a call-up to Double-A Bowie in late-June.

 

MORE ONE-RUN BASEBALL: For the third time in four games, the Keys were involved in a one-run contest on Friday. For the season, the orange and black have played 22 one-run games, five-more than the next-closest Carolina League team (Potomac has played 17). In those ballgames, the Keys are 12-10, the fourth-best mark in the CL. Two-third of those wins have come at Nymeo Field, where the Keys are 8-1. Frederick won seven straight one-run home games before a 5-4 setback to Salem on Wednesday.

 

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE: After being one of the Carolina League’s worst home teams from 2013-14, the Keys hold the best home winning percentage in the Carolina League (.700/14-6) and are tied for third in home wins despite playing just 20 home games, tied for the fewest in the league. After spending most of May on the road, 15 of the club’s final 22 games of the first-half will be at home.

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: The Keys success this year has hinged on excellent offense. Entering Saturday, the Keys have four players in the top 10 in the CL in hitting (Trey Mancini, Tucker Nathans, Jeff Kemp and Drew Dosch). No other team has more than two in that department (Myrtle Beach). As a team, Frederick paces the circuit in hitting (266), and rate second in RBIs (191), total bases (601) and stolen bases (59). Frederick is also tied for second in home runs (22). In the month of May the Keys are batting .283 as a club, the top mark in the league.

 

KEYS TO THE MAJORS: Former Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez became the latest member of the orange and black to reach the Major Leagues when he made his first big league start with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Outstanding in his debut, the 22-year-old earned the win, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Acquired by Boston for Andrew Miller last July 31, Rodriguez became the 138th former Key to reach the Majors. He joins Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Oliver Drake and Scott Copeland (Toronto) as other Keys alumni to reach the bigs in 2015.

 

COOLING DOWN A WILDFIRE: Trey Mancini has been one of the Carolina League’s toughest outs in May. After hitting .244 in 21 games this April, the former Notre Dame standout is batting .370 (40-for-108) in 27 May contests. That is the best mark in the CL for any individual who has played in 15 games or more. Mancini has multiple hits in 12 of his last 18 contests and ranks third in the league in hitting (.314). He paces the circuit in hits (61), extra-base knocks (21) and total bases (97), is tied for third in home runs (six) and rates fourth RBIs (29).

 

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: Right-hander Michael Peoples makes his ninth start of the season on Wednesday and his fifth against the Keys. His most recent outing came against the orange and black came last Sunday in the Hill City. Receiving a no-decision, the righty allowed six runs on 10 hits over 4.1 innings. He walked three and struck out one. It marked the second time this year that Peoples had allowed more than 10 hits in a game. This season, opponents are hitting .320 off Peoples, while the Keys are hitting .293 against him. In four starts (all in Lynchburg) against Frederick, Peoples is 1-1 with a 5.49 ERA. Peoples’ elevated ERA can be attributed

to a May 7 start at Carolina, where he allowed 10 runs on 13 hits over three innings, raising his season ERA from 5.68 to 9.00. Entering his second year in the Carolina League, Peoples went 7-8 with a 4.34 over 26 games (17 starts). He fared better as a reliever (3.20 ERA/9G) than as a starter going 6-6 with a 4.61 ERA in 17 outings (82 innings). Last year against the Keys, Peoples struggled going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA (13.1 IP/10ER). Peoples spent the 2013 season at Low-A Lake County and did not give up a run in 13.1 innings (working out of the bullpen) and was called up to Carolina at the end of May. He went 1-4 with a 5.27 ERA in eight starts before going on the disabled list on July 8 and missing the rest of the year with a shoulder injury. Drafted in the 14th round of 2012 out of Western Oklahoma State College, Peoples registered a 3.33 ERA in his college career and had a 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The same alma mater of Andrelton Simmons, WOSC was forced to forfeit all of its baseball games last year after it was found six players on the team did not complete high school. Peoples throws a fastball, slider and a changeup.

Keys look to salvage a game in tonight’s finale

Last night the Salem Red Sox handed Frederick their first home series loss of the season by winning the second game of the three-game set by a score of 7-2. Tonight the orange and black have a chance to salvage a game as they will look to David Hess (2-2, 5.24). Salem looks for the sweep as they will send out southpaw Trey Ball (3-4, 4.75), the first round draft pick for the Boston Red Sox in 2013 (seventh overall) in tonight’s finale. The game will start at 7:00 pm.

 

Lineup

Josh Hart CF

Tucker Nathans DH

Trey Mancini 1B

Jeff Kemp 2B

Chance Sisco C

Adrian Marin SS

Brenden Webb RF

Anthony Caronia 3B

Gregory Lorenzo LF

 

5/29 Game Notes

KEYS SUFFER FIRST HOME SERIES LOSS: The Frederick Keys saw their string of five straight home series wins come to an end on Thursday night, as the Salem Red Sox used 15 hits and strong pitching by Ty Buttrey to earn a 7-2 win at Nymeo Field. Frederick has now lost three in a row, but did not lose any ground in the CL North standings thanks to a Wilmington loss. Like on Wednesday, Salem built its lead quickly, scoring three times off Keys starter Chris Lee in the first. Kevin Heller provided the big blow with a two-run homer, while the Red Sox tacked on two more in the second on a fielder’s choice and a sac-fly. Buttrey did not allow a hit until the fourth and faced the minimum through five innings, but allowed a pair of runs in the sixth. Those came off four straight singles and a wild pitch, but Buttrey and Mike Adams retired 11 of the final 12 Keys hitters to close things out.

 

KEEP THE BROOMS IN THE CLOSET: Frederick tries to avoid equaling its longest losing streak of the year and hopes to avoid being swept for the second time. Both occurred from May 1-4 when the Keys were broomed in four games by the Carolina Mudcats. Frederick has not been swept at home since July 27 of last year, when Lynchburg took three straight.

 

WE MUST PROTECT THIS HOUSE: In addition to being the club’s first home series loss, Thursday marked the first time that the Keys had lost back-to-back home games in 2015. Frederick holds the best winning percentage in the Carolina League (.684/13-6) and is tied for third in home wins despite playing just 19 home games, tied for the fewest in the league. After spending most of May on the road, 16 of the club’s final 23 games of the first-half will be at home, with eight coming against CL North leader Wilmington.

 

THE BATS CAN’T DO IT ALL: Following back-to-back quality starts by Jhonathan Ramos and Mitch Horacek last Thursday and Friday, Frederick pitching has allowed five runs or more in each of the last five games. During that time, the pitching staff has registered a 5.93 ERA (44IP/29ER). Currently, the orange and black are last in the Carolina League in pitching (4.61 ERA), lead the league in runs allowed (238), walks (206), hit-by-pitches (24) and wild pitches (42).

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: Fortunately, the Keys have been able to stay afloat due to excellent offense. Entering Friday, the Keys have three players in the top 10 in the CL in hitting (Trey Mancini, Tucker Nathans and Jeff Kemp). As a team, Frederick paces the circuit in hitting (264), while the club is second in RBIs (187), total bases (585), stolen bases (54) and is tied for second in home runs (21). In the month of May the Keys are batting .281 as a club, the top mark in the league.

 

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END: Adrian Marin saw his nine-game hitting streak conclude on Thursday, going 0-for-3. Over the nine-gamer, Marin hit .270 (10-for-37) with a homer and six RBIs. It is tied for the fifth-longest streak in the league this year and second-longest by a Keys player (Josh Hart hit in 10 straight). The streak also tied a career-high for the Miami native, who hit in nine straight from July 3-13, 2013 while playing for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds.

 

SISCO RETURNS: Keys catcher Chance Sisco was activated from the seven-day disabled list on Thursday, after being out since April 25 with a strained oblique. In his return, he went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. Sisco was also on the DL from April 16-21 (retroactive to April 14) due to a small fracture to his right ring finger. In nine games with Frederick this year, Sisco has hit .167 (4-for-24) with an RBI and two runs scored. He won the South Atlantic as a year-old batting .340 in 114 games.

 

KEYS TO THE MAJORS: Former Keys starter Eduardo Rodriguez became the latest member of the orange and black to reach the Major Leagues when he made his first big league start with the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Outstanding in his debut, the 22-year-old earned the win, tossing 7.2 scoreless innings and allowing only three hits. Acquired by Boston for Andrew Miller last July 31, Rodriguez became the 138th former Key to reach the Majors. He joins Mike Wright, Tyler Wilson, Oliver Drake and Scott Copeland (Toronto) as other Keys alumni to reach the bigs in 2015.

 

COOLING DOWN A WILDFIRE: Trey Mancini also saw his seven-game hitting streak end on Thursday after an 0-for-4 showing. Still, he has been one of the league’s toughest outs in May. After hitting .244 in 21 games this April, the former Notre Dame standout is batting .365 (38-for-104) in 26 May contests. That is the best mark in the CL for any individual who has played in 15 games or more. Mancini has multiple hits in 11 of his last 17 contests and ranks fourth in the league in hitting (.311). He paces the circuit in hits (59) and total bases (92), is tied for the lead in extra-base hits (20) and games played (47) and is tied for fourth in RBIs (27). Although Mancini’s bat has been center stage, the 23-year-old has a perfect fielding percentage and has converted all 415 chances that have come his way.

 

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: Left-hander Trey Ball makes his ninth start of the season and his second against the Keys. In his most recent outing last Sunday against Winston-Salem, Ball earned the winning tossing 5.1 shutout innings. He scattered five hits, walked three and shutout two. The victory ended a two-game losing streak. In his lone outing against Frederick, Ball suffered the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits in five innings. Rated the No. 15 prospect in the Red Sox system according to Baseball America, Ball has occasionally been bitten by the home run ball this year, as he is tied for the CL lead (six) with Keys starter Mitch Horacek. Still, he has fared better in May (3.92 ERA) than April (5.57 ERA).  Ball spent all of 2014 with Low-A Greenville, going 5-10 with a 4.68 ERA over 100 innings (22 starts). He finished tied for fifth in losses. Following a rough first-half of the season where he went 1-6 with a 7.07 ERA, the lefty turned things around after the all-star break, going 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 13 starts. A 2013 first round selection (seventh overall) out of New Castle Chrysler (IN) High School (Boston’s highest draft pick since 1993), Ball was named the Gatorade Indiana Baseball Player of the Year as a senior, going 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA and was named the No. 1 draft eligible prospect according to Baseball America. He hails from the same hometown as former Indiana basketball great and current UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford. He throws a fastball, a curveball and a changeup.

Keys look to tie series against Salem

Last night the Keys rallied to get within a run of Salem’s lead in the ninth inning, but ultimately fell short by a score of 5-4 with a runner stranded on third base. This handed Frederick only their fifth loss at home. Tonight, the orange and black have a chance to tie the series and force a rubber match on Friday as they will send lefty Chris Lee to the mound (0-0, 1.80). He will be countered by the Red Sox’  Ty Buttrey (3-0, 2.25) as the game starts at 7:00 P.M. Also it’s the first game back for Frederick’s catcher Chance Sisco as he comes off the disabled list today. For both starters, it will be their first time facing their opposite teams. In last night’s contest, Keys shortstop, Adrian Marin blasted his first home run of the season.

 

Lineup

Josh Hart CF

Jeff Kemp 2B

Trey Mancini 1B

Brenden Webb RF

Chance Sisco C

Adrian Marin SS

Tucker Nathans DH

Anthony Caronia 3B

Johnny Ruettiger LF

5/28 Game Notes

NINTH INNING RALLY NOT ENOUGH: The Frederick Keys rallied in the ninth inning against Salem closer Austin Maddox, but could not capitalize with runners at second and third and no outs, as the Red Sox earned a 5-4 win on Wednesday night at Nymeo Field. It was just the Keys fifth loss at home this year and snapped a string of six consecutive series opening wins. Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, Anthony Caronia reached on an error to open the inning and scooted to third on a double by Johnny Ruettiger. Gregory Lorenzo plated Caronia via an RBI bounce out, but Maddox struck out pinch-hitter Tucker Nathans and got Josh Hart to fly out to end the game. Salem did most of its damage in the first three innings, scoring four times of Mitch Horacek. Kevin Heller led the way with a two-run homer, while the Red Sox went 4-for-9 on the game with runners in scoring position.

 

MORE ONE-RUN GAMES?: For the sixth time this season, the Keys have played consecutive one-run games. Wednesday’s setback dropped the Keys to 11-10 in those tilts, with the 21 one-run games ranking as the most in the Carolina League (Potomac’s is next with 17). Despite a record of just over .500 in one-run affairs, the loss in the series opener was Frederick’s first one-run home loss this year. Entering last night, the Keys were 7-0 in those games, and had not lost a one-run decision at home since last August 31 to Potomac, the penultimate game of the 2014 campaign.

 

UNCHARTERED TERRITORY: This season the Keys have not lost a home series (5-0) but will need to win each of their next two games to prevent that from happening. The club’s last home series defeat came on September 1, 2014, when Frederick lost its season-finale to Potomac. Currently, the Keys have the top home winning percentage in the circuit (.722/13-5) and have not lost back-to-back home games all year. In 2014, the orange and black won only 29 home games all year (29-38) second-worst in the league.

 

GROUND TO MAKE UP:. Making Wednesday’s loss more frustrating, Wilmington swept both ends of a doubleheader at Potomac. The Blue Rocks have now won six straight and eight of their last nine to open up a 3.5 game lead in the CL North standings. It is the Keys largest gap of the season, with the team never trailing the Rocks by more than two games before Wednesday. Fortunately, 17 of the Keys final 24 first-half games will come at Nymeo Field with one-third coming against Wilmington.

 

LET’S DO 10 ALL OVER AGAIN: Adrian Marin hit a first inning home run off Denny Bautista to extend his hitting streak to nine games. The nine-gamer is the longest-active streak in the Carolina League and ties the longest stretch of Marin’s career. Previously, the Miami native hit in nine straight from July 3-13, 2013 while playing for the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds. Over the current nine-gamer, Marin is hitting .270 (10-for-37) with a homer and six RBIs, to move his average from .250-.255. With a hit in his next game, Marin would tie Josh Hart for the longest streak by a Keys player this year.

 

BAD ENDINGS IGNORE THE BIG PICTURE: Despite losing a four-run lead on Memorial Day, the Keys put together their first winning roadtrip of the year. Going 4-3, the team claimed two of three against Myrtle Beach and took two out of four at Lynchburg. In their three previous seven-game road sets, Frederick had gone 2-5, 2-5 and 3-4 respectively. A big reason for the team’s success was the offense. Over the seven games, the Keys hit .318 as a team and averaged 6.6 runs per contest (due in large part to a 14-run output on Friday and a 10-run push on Sunday). Perhaps most encouraging though, was the team’s success with runners in scoring position. With men at second or third, the orange and black hit .372 (which included a season-best 10-for-17 output on Friday).

 

MILE-HIGH MINDSET: Frederick’s success has been linked to its robust offense, with the bats often helping make up for struggles on the mound. Currently, the Keys lead the league in hitting (.266) and rate second in runs scored (205), RBIs (186) and total bases (579). Unconscious in the month of May, Frederick’s .284 team batting average is 13 points higher than the next-closest team (Myrtle Beach is hitting .271). On the mound it has been a different story, with the orange and black placing last in ERA (4.56), tops in runs allowed (231), home runs (29), wild pitches (41) and hit-by-pitches (22). The most frustrating statistic though has been the walks. Frederick’s 204 free rides give them 53 more than the next-closest team, while the figure is more than double the total of Wilmington who has surrendered the fewest in the circuit (90). As a staff the Keys walk 4.6 per nine frames.

 

A CARWASH CAN’T COOL HIM DOWN: Trey Mancini has hit safely in seven straight games and has been one of the league’s toughest outs in May. After hitting .244 in 21 games this April, the former Notre Dame standout is batting .380 (38-for-100) in 25 May contests. During the recent roadtrip, Mancini hit .482 (14-for-29) with a home run, three RBIs, and nine runs scored. He has multiple hits in 11 of his last 16 contests and has seen his average climb 89 points (.233 to .317) since May 1, the second-highest it has been all year. Although Mancini’s bat has been center stage, the 23-year-old has a perfect fielding percentage and has converted all 403 chances that have come his way.

 

DOSCH’S DREAM DAY: Entering Sunday with just one RBI in his previous 10 games, Drew Dosch broke through in a big way, recording a career-high six RBIs in the third game of the series. Finishing 3-for-5 and coming up just a double short of the cycle, Dosch surpassed his previous career-high of four set on April 20 in Lynchburg. Meanwhile, the six RBIs were the most by a Key since Chris Vinyard had seven RBIs on August 6, 2008 at home against the Salem Avalanche.

 

TODAY’S OPPOSING STARTER: Right-hander Ty Buttrey makes his fifth start with the Red Sox and his first against the Keys. Promoted to Salem on May 1 from Low-A Greenville, the North Carolina native is a combined 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA over eight games between the two stops this year. Buttrey’s most recent outing came last Saturday against Winston-Salem. Tying his career-high with seven innings pitched (third time), the 22-year-old received a no-decision allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits over seven innings.  He walked one and struck out six, while the no-decision ended a three-start winning streak. In four CL outings, Buttrey has not allowed more than three earned runs and is holding opponents to a .247 average, with righties batting at a .216 clip (8-for-37). Thursday will be Buttrey’s first CL road start and just his second road start of 2015. Buttrey split the 2014 campaign between Greenville, Short-Season Lowell and the GCL Red Sox. He went a combined 0-5 with a 5.78 ERA and struggled with command walking 32 in 62.1 innings (46 BB/9IP ratio). After making just four starts with the Drive to open the year, Buttrey landed on the DL from mid-May to early-July dealing with blisters on his pitching hand. When he returned to Greenville in late-July he went 0-2 with a 5.19 ERA in his last seven starts. Selected by Boston in the fourth round of the 2012 draft out of Providence (NC) Senior High School, the righty averaged 13 SO/9IP as a senior and signed for a reported $1.3 million more than $1 million higher than the slot recommendation that year. Buttrey throws a fastball, a knuckle-curve and a changeup.

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