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Time to wake up the bats in Winston-Salem

Before we get started talking current Keys, let’s take a moment to watch former Key Nick Markakis’ incredible home-run robbing catch. Because I just figured out how to embed MLB.com videos here, Markakis’ grab becomes the first in a new segment: Former Keys Highlight of the Day.

No homer for you, Adrian Beltre.

Moving on to the current Frederick squad, the Keys lost 3-2 last night, only able to muster five hits. One of them was Allan de San Miguel’s RBI double, which sounded like this:

*The Keys’ catcher was also featured in this week’s edition of Five Questions in the Frederick News-Post. Read it here

Read more on last night’s loss on FrederickKeys.com.

*In today’s Keys notebook in the FNP, Greg Swatek takes a look at Matt Hobgood’s 4.1 inning, one-run debut on Saturday.

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Tonight’s Keys starter Brady Wager surely hopes his teammates break out of their recent offensive funk.

*Frederick’s offense has been lacking for all but one game in the last five.

The Keys have had five or fewer hits in four of their last five games and have scored two or fewer runs in those four. On Friday, Frederick had 14 hits, 13 of them singles, and scored nine runs, an anomaly during their recent offensive woes. Since being no-hit by Salem on Wednesday, Frederick has had just four extra-base hits and is batting .176 (6-for-34) with runners in scoring position.

Here’s to hoping their bats reawaken tonight, with the Keys just 1.5 games behind Wilmington for a second-half playoff berth.

Brady Wager starts for the Keys against Chris Beck, who, incredibly, is yet to register a no-decision through 17 starts. He’s 9-8, leading the league in wins and has the second-most losses. More on Wager, Beck and tonight’s game in the game notes:

*O’s legend Boog Powell was Frederick’s guest Saturday on Salute to the Orioles Night at The Grove. Tim Murray sat down and talked with the man best known for hitting homers, going sleeveless and making some excellent barbeque:

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Who Killed Frank Key?!

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That’s right folks, there has been a murder at Harry Grove Stadium.  Our very own Frank Key has been killed and it is up to you to find out whodunit.

Let’s take a look at the suspects in a little more detail…

Was it the ex-military soldier, Colonel Mustard?

Or did the smartest man in the room, Prof. Plum, commit the murder?

Or was it the money man himself, Mr. Green?

Or would Mrs. Peacock, the wife of a senator, risk it all to murder Frank Key?

Could it have been the seductive yet secretive Miss Scarlet?

You can never count out the maid. Could Mrs. White have killed our beloved Frank Key?

And the man trying to figure it all out, Detective Apter.

Detective Apter needs YOUR help.  Be sure to chime into the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #WhoKilledFrankKey.

*In other news, the Keys have a game tonight against the Salem Red Sox at 7pm, gates open at 6pm.  This is the first of a four game series at home against the Red Sox. The Keys will then go on the road for seven games so be sure to catch them this weekend.

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Tucker Nathans has been nothing but hot lately. In his last seven games, he is batting .440 (11-25) with two doubles. He was called up from Class-A Delmarva on July 7.

*Keys outfielder and tonight’s leadoff hitter, Johnny Ruettiger got some love from MiLB. Check out the story below.

Brady Wager to start tonight for the Keys. Since his first two starts that we rather rough, Wager is 2-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 25 innings pitched, allowing 20 hits, 11 runs, seven earned, and nine walks.

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

*If you missed yesterday’s edition of Unlocking They Keys, then you probably missed Ryan Minor’s interview. But don’t fret, you can check it out right here.

*There have been a lot of transactions being made in Frederick and the entire Baltimore Orioles system.  Righty, Matt Hobgood has been promoted from Delmarva along with infielder Michael Mosby.  Also, Zach Petersime and Delvi Cid have been released.

It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, No, It’s Superhero Night!

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Frank Key is ready for Superhero Night, are you?

You Kent ask for a better finish than last night’s game against the Mudcats. Trust me, we aren’t Jokering! The Keys ended up Robin the win from Carolina with a walk-off sacrifice fly from Christian Walker in the bottom of the ninth inning. The Keys scored the only run of the game and finished on top, 1-0.

*Christian Walker hopped on a train this morning to head to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, for the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday. Walker spoke with Frederick News-Post’s writer, Greg Swatek after last night’s walk-off win.

“I am looking forward to everything, just being in the atmosphere of being in a big league park and all those guys. They are great players. They are there for a reason. It should be a good experience.”

*Click here to read Swatek’s entire story on the Frederick News-Post’s website.

*Former Keys starter, Eduardo Rodriguez, will join Walker in representing the Baltimore Orioles Organization along with Henry Urrutia.

Trent Howard pitched five great innings giving up just one hit and no runs. He struck out five in his best start of the season, however, he did not factor into the decision. Miguel Chalas and Gene Escat pitched a combined four scoreless inning and only gave up three hits. Escat was credited with the win.

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Ryan Minor’s lineup for tonights game against Carolina

Keep your X-Ray vision on Michael Ohlman in tonight’s game. He is batting .364 with four homers and nine RBIs in the month of July.  Tucker Nathans has been flying under the radar since he came up from Delmarva last week.  In four games, Nathans is batting .357 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base.

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Zach Clark, who was just transferred from Double-A Bowie, will start tonight for the Keys. He is currently 1-4 with the Baysox in five starts this season.

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

*Speaking of Keys pitchers, Zach Davies sat down with Keys broadcaster Tim Murray before yesterday’s game.

*Dust off your spandex tights and tighty whities and head over to Harry Grove Stadium tonight for Superhero Night!!

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*It is also Dylan Bundy Bobblehead giveaway night and the line has already started forming in front of the stadium for gates to open at 5pm for our 6pm game!

For more information, you can check out our other blog post about the bobble head giveaway

The fashion show and the skunk incident

Ah, Lynchburg.

The Keys took two of three from the Hillcats over the July 4 weekend, but things got a little weird in Southern Virginia Saturday. First came the thrift shop fashion show, then came the skunk in right field.

And thanks to Twitter, we can easily chronicle both of them on this blog.

The Lyncburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold - Michael Ohlman (center), Silver - Jerome Pena (right), Bronze - Sammie Starr (left)

The Lynchburg Thrift Shop Fashion Show podium: Gold – Michael Ohlman (center), Silver – Jerome Pena (right), Bronze – Sammie Starr (left)

Look above. This is apparently what happens when you mix the Frederick Keys, a little per diem and a thrift shop. Hitting coach Torre Tyson was the judge of the contest. I’ll let his tweets speak for themselves now.

Contestant #1: P Zach Petersime

Contestant #2: P David Walters (who was released Sunday. We wish him the best.)

Contestant #3: C Allan de San Miguel

Contestant #4: P Gene Escat

Contestant #5:  OF Glynn Davis

Contestant #6:  Bullpen catcher Jason Stifler

Contestant #7: OF Brenden Webb

Contestant #8 and third runner-up: P Jesse Beal

Contestant #9: 1B Christian Walker

Contestant #10: Trainer Pat Wesley

Contestant #11: Coach Kyle Moore

Contestant #12 and first runner-up:

Contestant #13 and second runner-up: SS Sammie Starr

Contestant #14 and winner: C Michael Ohlman

Who’s your thrift shop fashion show winner? Vote below. And Leave a comment stating your case, if you’d like.

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*As for the skunk, it wandered into right field in the eighth inning and stopped the game for four minutes before one brave man, Keys pitcher Miguel Chalas, gloved it. We have video in this blog post.

Rumor has it Chalas escaped unscathed, but his glove did not.

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The skunk apparently made an appearance in center field last night and has garnered the hashtag #rallyskunk

Keys release break camp roster

The Keys have their initial roster for the 2013 season. Players and coaches will be arriving today, with media day tomorrow and a few days of practice before Friday’s night’s 7 p.m. home opener against Salem.

The roster release and the roster is below:

Frederick Keys News Release

For Immediate Release: April 1, 2013

KEYS RELEASE INITIAL ROSTER FOR 2013 SEASON

Frederick’s break camp roster includes several highly-rated prospects, 16 Keys from 2012

FREDERICK, Md. –  The Frederick Keys have released their initial roster for the 2013 season, which includes 16 returning players from the 2012 team that nearly made the postseason with a late-season surge. Led by new manager Ryan Minor, The Keys’ break camp roster also features two of Baltimore’s top-five prospects and eight of the Orioles’ top-30, as rated by Baseball America.

Nick Delmonico and Eduardo Rodriguez, rated fourth and fifth, respectively, in the Orioles’ system, highlight a roster laden with young, talented players. The Keys open their 25th season Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium against the Salem Red Sox.

A left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, Rodriguez, who will turn 20 on April 7, started 22 games for class-A Delmarva last season, going 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched. Delmonico, 20, also spent 2012 with the Shorebirds, hitting .249 with 11 home runs and 54 RBIs in 95 games as a first and second baseman.

Returning Keys Devin Jones, Tyler Wilson and Tim Berry join Rodriguez, Zach Davies and Zach Petersime in Frederick’s starting rotation. Baltimore’s No. 18 prospect Jones, a 22-year-old right-hander, proved dominant in the Carolina League after joining the Keys last July, going 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA in nine starts and throwing two complete games. He’ll be the Keys’ opening-night starter.

The Orioles’ 26th-ranked prospect, Wilson, 23, struck out 114 batters and walked just 19 in 111 innings with the Keys last season, recording a 7-7 record and a 3.49 ERA, and Berry, a 22-year-old southpaw rated as the 11th-best O’s prospect, went 5-5 with a 4.32 ERA for Frederick. Davies, rated as Baltimore’s 20th-best prospect, started his professional career as a 19-year-old with the Shorebirds, going 5-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 114.1 innings, and Petersime, 24, was promoted from Delmarva to triple-A Norfolk for three starts in August after posting a 2.78 ERA in the Shorebirds’ bullpen. Davies and Petersime are both right-handed.

All five outfielders on the Keys’ roster are returning players from last season. Orioles’ No. 14 prospect and Baltimore native Glynn Davis (22 games, .256 batting average, 8 stolen bases with 2012 Keys), No. 27 prospect Brenden Webb (23 games, .270, three homers, 13 RBIs) and John Ruettiger (64 games, .274, 16 SB, .373 on-base percentage) were all important pieces in August and September, when Frederick posted a 19-14 record. Mike Planeta started the season with the Keys but was sent to Delmarva in May where he would hit .272. Injuries limited Trent Mummey in 2012, but he hit four home runs, drove in 22 RBIs and stole fifteen bases in 72 games with the Keys last season.

In the bullpen, lefties Zach Fowler and Trent Howard – all Keys in 2012 – join right-handers Eric Beaulac, Gene Escat, Marcel Prado, Jesse Beal and Matt Bischoff, who posted a 2.89 ERA in 16 games as a 2012 Key. Howard (4-10, with a 4.83 ERA with the Keys in 2012) moves from the rotation to the bullpen this season while Beal (4.70 ERA, 6.8 strikeouts per-nine-innings in 2012) and Escat (3.58 ERA) are slated to make their advanced class-A ball debuts.

Prado, a 25-year-old righty, is one of two independent league players, both of whom played for the El Paso Diablos, to make Frederick’s break camp roster. Prado, a former Dodgers farmhand, saved 15 games for the Diablos, throwing to catcher Zane Chavez, who joins him in Frederick this season. A four-year independent player, Chavez, 26, hit .339 with four homers and 51 RBIs between El Paso and Grand Prairie.

Michael Ohlman, 22, hit .304 in 51 games as a catcher and first baseman with Delmarva in 2012 and Allan de San Miguel, 25, spent the final month of the year with Keys and hit .260 while guiding Frederick’s pitching staff to their most successful stretch of the season.

Joining Delmonico in the infield are 2012 Keys Travis Adair, Jerome Pena and Sammie Starr and former Shorebirds Connor Narron and Jason Esposito. Adair hit .285 playing primarily third and second base while second baseman Pena, who was promoted twice in 2012 to reach Frederick, finished the season with the Keys and hit .308 in 20 games. Starr, a middle infielder, played just two games with the Keys last season and hit .238 in 106 games in Delmarva. Esposito drove in 51 runs as the Shorebirds’ everyday third baseman in his first professional season and Narron, son of the Keys’ first manager Jerry Narron, slugged 10 homers and drove in 55 runs while serving as Delmarva’s utility player.

Keys players and coaches will be made available to the media for interviews and photographs during the Keys’ Media Day on Tuesday, April 2, from 4-5:30 p.m.at Harry Grove Stadium. All credentialed media are invited to attend. To obtain a press pass, please contact Mike Mueller at mmueller@frederickkeys.com.

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The Frederick Keys, advanced-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, open their 2013 season against the Salem Red Sox Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Ticket plans and single-game tickets are on sale now at the Keys’ box office and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at 301-815-9939 or online at FrederickKeys.com.

Contact: Mike Mueller, 301-815-9915

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Tracking former Keys in the WBC

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Former Key Jonathan Schoop gets congratulated by his Dutch teammates after a going deep against Cuba.

With the first round of the World Baseball Classic complete and the second round underway, let’s revisit the list of former Keys playing in the international tournament.

The former Key with the most impressive line so far belongs to Netherlands second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The Orioles’ top positional prospect and a Curacao native, Schoop, a Key in 2010 and 2011, started slow but has helped power the Dutch to a WBC semifinal berth. The Netherlands stunned Cuba for the second time in the second round this morning, winning 7-6 on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth and eliminating Cuba.

Schoop went 1-for-3 in the Dutch victory today — he singled and then was caught stealing second base– but went 3-for-6 with a homer, a double and 4 RBIs in the Netherlands’ 6-2 defeat of the Cubans earlier in the second round.

Entering today’s game, Schoop was hitting .235 with two home runs, six RBIs and a slugging percentage of .647. He started the competition 0-for-6 in the Dutch’s first two games, but then went on a power surge against Australia and Cuba. Schoop and the Netherlands will play Japan (which beat the Dutch 16-4 over the weekend) tomorrow at 6 a.m. to determine the winner of their four-team pool and their semifinal seeding.

The rest of the former Keys:

Allan de San Miguel, C (AUS) – The Australians went winless and were eliminated in the first round and de San Miguel, a 2012 Key, went 0-for-4 in two games. He was also reassigned to minor league spring training last week.

Paco Figueroa, 2B (ESP) – Spain’s second baseman went 1-for-12 with a walk in Spain’s three games, all losses. Now in the Philadelphia organization, Figueroa played 90 games in Frederick in 2006. The Spanish have been eliminated.

Danny Figueroa, OF (ESP) – Paco’s twin brother went 1-for-5 for Spain with a walk and a run. He patrolled center field for the Keys in 2008.

Richard Salazar, P (ESP) – Spain’s southpaw pitched once during Spain’s WBC run, throwing five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two. Salazar pitched in 100 games with the Keys over the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons.

John Mariotti, P (ITA) –Mariotti got throttled in his start against Mexico, but bounced back to pitch a scoreless inning of relief against the U.S. on Saturday. Against the Mexicans on Thursday, a game the Italians won 6-5, Mariotti lasted 1.2 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks. Of the five outs he recorded, three came via strikeout. Italy advanced to the second round and plays the Dominican Republic tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Adam Loewen, OF (CAN) – The Canadians were eliminated by the U.S. Sunday, ending Loewen’s WBC experience. Now an outfielder in the Blue Jays’ organization, Canada’s left fielder went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Sunday. Loewen went hitless in Canada’s previous games and finished with a .200 average and three RBIs. A former Keys pitcher in 2004, 2005 and 2008, a stress fracture in his left (pitching) elbow ended his career on the mound.

David Hernandez, P (USA) – A 2007 Frederick Key, Hernandez made his lone WBC appearance for the U.S. so far against Canada, pitching two-thirds of an inning while allowing three hits and a run. The U.S. opens second-round play against Puerto Rico tomorrow at 8 p.m.

*Since we’ve started updating this blog more frequently in mid-February, we’ve noticed quite the uptick in readership. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding: after being unranked among the top 50 MLB pro blogs, Unlocking the Keys finished 31st in page views for February. More proof we have arrived: we beat out a blog devoted to the Philadelphia Phillies’ ball girls by three spots.

Thank you guys for reading!

*Former Key Xavier Avery was optioned to triple-A Norfolk along with two others, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. X-man was a Key in 2010 and will move from big league camp to the minor league side for the remainder of spring training.

*More love for Schoop, courtesy of MASN’s Steve Melewski.

*25 days until opening night at the Grove.

Shake your Keys.

Mahoney mashing for Marlins

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Currently in Miami Marlins spring training, Joe Mahoney played in parts of three season for the Keys.

In a perfect world, every Frederick Key that makes it to the major leagues would make it as an Oriole. Homegrown talent, from Harry Grove Stadium to Camden Yards.

But, an imperfect game by nature, baseball does not work that way.

A former Key now outside the organization, Joe Mahoney is making his case for an everyday job with the Marlins.

Mahoney, a Key for parts of three seasons, was claimed off waivers by Miami in November, and the former sixth-round pick of the O’s is already justifying that move. In five spring training games, Mahoney is 5-for-14 — that’s a .357 batting average — with two homers, a double and 5 RBIs.

Mahoney did most of his damage Saturday against the Mets, going deep twice and driving in four runs. Here’s video of his second home run, a three-run dinger:

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Mahoney spent parts of three seasons with the Keys, playing 72 of his 82 games with Frederick in 2010. He hit nine home runs with the Keys that season, batted .299 and drove in 49 runs. Add his numbers with Double-A Bowie that season to those with the Keys and Mahoney slugged 18 homers, batted .307 and drove in 82 runs in 124 games.

That’s the type of power the Marlins hope Mahoney can rediscover after hitting just 21 home runs over the last two seasons with double-A Bowie and triple-A Norfolk. With Miami’s few options at first base, Mahoney could win himself a big-league job if he shows enough pop.

In fact, here’s a Miami Herald story saying just that. From the story by Manny Navarro:

Now 26, Mahoney feels like he’s starting to mature as a hitter. He said he learned a lot from former Orioles teammates Derrek Lee, Nick Johnson and Chris Davis in his three previous springs with Baltimore and has learned quite a bit now working with new Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez.

“I’ve always kind of had it,” Mahoney said of the power. “But now is when I’m really starting to learn pitch selection and letting it translate into games. I’m trying to be an all-around player, be a good hitter who hits for average, drive runners in.”

A 2007 draft pick, Mahoney was called up to the Orioles briefly in 2012, going 0-for-4 in two games. Whether he gets a chance to improve on his major-league numbers to start this season will likely depend on how he finishes spring training following his hot start.

A sign that Mahoney’s opportunity is real — the fantasy baseball community is talking about him.

*2010 and 2011 Key Jonathan Schoop has one hit in the World Baseball Classic — a line-drive home run that almost ended the life of a woman knitting in the left-field stands. He recorded it yesterday against Australia. Watch:

*That bomb helped eliminate Australia and former Key Allan de San Miguel from the WBC in a 4-1 Netherlands victory.

*Richard Salazar, a four-season former Key, will start for Spain in tomorrow’s exhibition against the Orioles, according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko.

*Read about all of the former Keys in the WBC in yesterday’s blog post.

*Some notes from Roch Kubatko on O’s minor laegue camp.

*A nice gesture to the troops by the BayBears.

*Looks like we’re going to get snowquestered tonight and tomorrow.

*Just one month before opening night at the Grove.

Shake your Keys.

Five for Monday: Keys in the World Baseball Classic (Updated)

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Former Key Jonathan Schoop is one of six former Frederick players currently playing in the World Baseball Classic.

For those who check this space regularly, you probably noticed I didn’t end last week with the usual Five for Friday post. So, let’s do it now, leading off with what was posted Friday, the day the 2013 World Baseball Classic began.

1. Bumbry’s British baseball experience

Steve Bumbry, a Key in 2011 and 2012, spent the end of last September in Germany playing with Great Britain the World Baseball Classic qualifying round. I talked to Bumbry and his mother, who was born in Wales, about a week and a half ago about their experiences overseas. An excerpt from the story is below:

Steve Bumbry had never even been to Europe before.

But there he was last September in Regensburg, Germany, he and a few others on the steps of the Bavarian town’s historic cathedral, belting out Britain’s national anthem “God Save the Queen.”

“Oh, God. Yeah, that happened,” said Bumbry, recalling his rookie initiation with Great Britain’s World Baseball Classic team the night before the Brits’ first WBC qualifier. “We were in the Cathedral square, and we’re (singing) on the steps of this cathedral and people are sitting outside cafes eating, drinking and whatever.”

A Frederick Key in 2011 and 2012, Bumbry batted third and played right field for Great Britain in its three qualifying games at Regensburg’s Armin-Wolf Stadium. The Brits blew out the Czech Republic in their second game, but fell to Canada and Germany and were eliminated from the tournament.

While Bumbry’s on-field performance – he tallied just one hit in nine at-bats ­– wasn’t very memorable, he said his entire experience overseas, from playing baseball on that stage to connecting with a part of his heritage, was unforgettable.

If you want to keep reading, the full story is here.

2. Former Keys in the WBC

(Correction: An earlier version of this post stated there were six former Keys in the WBC. My apologies to Richard Salazar and Danny Figueroa.)

By my count and that of a few more veteran Keys employees, there are right former Frederick Keys playing in the World Baseball Classic this month, representing the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Italy, Canada and the United States. They are:

Jonathan Schoop, 2B (NED) – The Orioles’ top positional prospect is a native of Curacao and batted second while playing second base for the Dutch (1-1) in their first two games. Schoop played 83 games for the Keys in 2010 and 2011 and is hitless with one walk in WBC play. He hit .271 with 37 RBIs in 77 games with the Keys in 2011.

*Here’s an MiLB article on Schoop and the Netherlands.

Allan de San Miguel, C (AUS) – This 2012 Key is a native of Bentley, Australia. He caught the Aussies’ (0-2) second game against Korea (a 6-0 loss), batted ninth and went 0-for-3. As a Key, San Miguel hit .260 with two home runs and 17 RBIs in 30 games.

*Schoop and San Miguel’s countries square off at 11:30 this morning.

Paco Figueroa, 2B (ESP) – Now in the Philadelphia organization, Figueroa played 90 games in Frederick in 2006, hitting .284 and stealing 20 bases (though he was caught stealing 13 times). Figueroa’s twin brother, Danny, played center field for the Keys in 2008. Spain’s first game is Friday against Puerto Rico.

Danny Figueroa, OF (ESP) – The other Figueroa brother patrolled center field for the Keys in 2008, stealing 33 bases in 104 games while batting .239. Selected by the Orioles in the 2005 MLB draft, he was released in 2011 after two seasons in double-A Bowie.

Richard Salazar, P (ESP) – A member of the Keys for parts of four seasons, Salazar has been playing independent baseball since 2008. He pitched in 100 games with the Keys over the 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 seasons, finishing with a 7-6 record and a 4.09 ERA. He threw 171.2 innings and struck out 141 batters in his Keys career.

John Mariotti, P (ITA) – No longer in affiliated baseball, Mariotti played for the Keys briefly in 2008 and for all of the 2010 season. In 2010, his last season in the Orioles’ organization, he finished with a 3-6 record, three saves and a 4.08 ERA in 21 games. He played for independent team Les Capitales de Quebec the last two seasons. Italy’s first game is Thursday against Mexico.

*For those of you who read French, here’s an article from Les Capitales announcing Mariotti making the Italian roster.

Adam Loewen, OF (CAN) – A left-handed pitcher drafted by the Orioles with the fourth overall pick of the 2002 MLB draft, Loewen spent all of 2005 with the Keys. He started 27 games and made one relief appearance that year, finishing 10-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 146 strikeouts in 142 innings. The following March, Loewen started Canada’s 8-6 victory over the U.S. in the first World Baseball Classic. A stress fracture in his left elbow ended his pitching career in 2008 after reaching the majors the prior two seasons and Loewen made the transition to the outfield. He made his major league debut as an outfielder in 2011 with Toronto. Canada’s first game is Friday against Italy.

*I wrote about Loewen’s recent encounter with O’s prospect and former Key Kevin Gausman a week ago.

David Hernandez, P (USA) – Originally on the Mexican roster before he was ruled a generation too far removed from a native-born ancestor to play for Mexico, the 2007 Frederick Key was added to the American roster to replace Cleveland Indians reliever Chris Perez. Now a key cog in the back-end of Arizona’s bullpen, Hernandez started 27 games and made one relief appearance for the Keys, going 7-11 with a 4.95 ERA while striking out 168 batters in 145.1 innings pitched. The U.S. plays its first game Friday against Mexico.

3. Shaking past 1,000 views

Are you tired of Harlem Shake videos? Good, I didn’t think so.

In honor of passing 1,000 views on YouTube, here is our Harlem Shake video once again. Harlem Shake your Keys.

4. Newsletter

Last week’s Keys newsletter is here.

5. On the links

*2012 Key and baseball’s top-pitching prospect Dylan Bundy was scheduled to pitch Sunday, but was held back because of groin spasms, according to Britt Ghiroli.

*2000 Key Brian Roberts is on fire. Another big spring training game Sunday for the O’s second baseman.

*Steve Melewski has 10 questions for O’s fans, three of which directly involve former Keys.

*Also, here are Melewski’s top 10 current O’s. How many do you think are former Keys?

*Just like at Harry Grove Stadium, no smoking at Camden Yards.

*31 days until opening night at the Grove.

Shake your Keys.

Hot Keys Down Under

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While big-league spring training is just getting under away and minor-league camp is right around the corner, three Orioles prospects just finished a championship-series run on the other side of the world.

Former Keys Allan de San Miguel and Brenden Webb and 2012 Delmarva Shorebird Michael Ohlman played in last weekend’s Australian Baseball League Championship Series as members of the Perth Heat. The Heat lost in the ABL’s world series two games to none, falling to the Canberra Calvary 6-4 on Friday and 7-6 on Saturday.

Ohlman, who will likely don a Keys uniform this season, had the best campaign down under of the three Baltimore farmhands who had hoped to lead Perth to its third-straight ABLCS crown. In 43 regular season games, Ohlman, 22, hit .317 with six home runs and 27 RBI. In the postseason, he hit .467.

Ohlman’s name was in the news for all the wrong reasons just under a year ago. He injured his shoulder in a car accident during spring training and soon after received a 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug policy. But Ohlman rebounded nicely after those setbacks, hitting .304 in 51 games with Delmarva, doubling 16 times, homering twice and driving in 28 runs while serving as the Shorebirds catcher. He and San Miguel split time at first base and behind the plate with Perth.

Webb, A 6-3, left-handed outfielder with good speed, played in Frederick at the end of 2012. He hit .270 in 23 games with the Keys after hitting .251 in Delmarva before being called up. Webb also stole a career-high 19 bases in 2012 and had a personal-best on-base percentage over .400 despite striking out 138 times in 124 games.

Webb joined Perth in early January and hit .190 with five home runs in 18 games during the regular season. He struggled in the playoffs as well, hitting just .091. The 27th-best prospect in the Orioles’ system according to Baseball America, Webb will likely start 2013 with the Keys.

San Miguel, a native of Bentley, Australia, has played for the Heat in the last three ABL seasons and played 30 games for Frederick in 2012. The right-handed Aussie hit .294 during the ABL regular season, slugging five homers and driving in 30 runs, and hit .286 in the playoffs. Barring a setback, odds are San Miguel has already played his final game as a Key.

Steve Bumbry, a Key in ’11 and ’12, started the ABL season with Perth but left the team in early December.

In other news:

*Webb and Ohlman will report early to spring training for a minor league mini-camp on Monday (Feb. 18). Minor league pitchers and catchers don’t report until March 2 and position players don’t report until March 7. A full list of the 29 O’s farmhands heading to Sarasota for the mini-camp can be found here on Orioles beat writer Britt Ghiroli’s blog.

*The Keys annual job fair will be held Feb. 26-27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The team will be interviewing for its gameday positions at the event, which will be held in the Mattress Warehouse Club on the suite level in Harry Grove Stadium. The full release on the job fair is here on the Keys’ website.

*We’re 51 days away from opening night at the Grove. Single-game tickets will go on sale March 30 at KeysFest (click to see release). Ticket plans, however, are on sale right now. All the info regarding Keys ticket plans, which range from a 10-ticket flex-pack that can be used when and however the buyer chooses to a full-season package, is at this link on FrederickKeys.com.

Shake your Keys.

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