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At long last, here it is:
Keyote, Frank Key and the Frederick Keys front office do the Harlem Shake.
Meanwhile, down in spring training:
– Like I menitoned in yesterday’s post about the Orioles’ intrasquad games, Eduardo Rodriguez, who’s in part one of our countdown of potential 2013 Frederick Keys, is slated to pitch during today’s intrasquad game.
*I’ll update on Rodriguez’s outing as information becomes available.
-MASN’s Roch Kubatko’s notes from the intrasquad game list Rodriguez’s outing as striking out Manny Machado, walking Nate McLouth and hitting Steve Pearce.
-2012 Key Kevin Gausman retired all four batters he faced, showing good velocity, Kubatko writes in his intrasquad game story.
Harlem Shake your Keys.
The Orioles played their first intrasquad games of spring training this morning, a pair three-inning contests that began around 10 a.m. To fill out the lineups, six minor leaguers were called up from their minicamp to fill out the starting lineups, four of whom were Keys last season.
Outfielders Glynn Davis, Brenden Webb and Johnny Ruettiger and infielder Ty Kelly started today’s contests after spending time in Frederick in 2012, along with O’s farmhands Buck Britton, a 2011 Key, and 18-year-old Adrian Marin, who finished 2012 in Delmarva and has yet to reach Frederick. Another 2012 Key, catcher Allen de San Miguel, also played in today’s games.
*I’ll update with any Keys-related info from the intrasquad games as it becomes available.
–Davis was the only 2012 Key to make it into MASN writer Rock Kubatko’s notes from the intrasquad game. Kubatko noted that Davis struck out against Baltimore free-agent acquisition Jair Jurrjens. His article is here.
–Marin, who could potentially see time in Frederick this year, caught O’s manager Buck Showalter’s eye today. Here’s his quote about the Orioles’ 2012 third-round pick in another Kubatko story:
“You can see why everybody’s so high on him. He’s got nice actions, real calm,” Showalter said. “He’s got a little Bordy (Mike Bordick) look to him.”
–Eduardo Rodriguez, one of our 40 potential Keys for 2013, is slated to pitch in Thursday’s six-inning intrasquad game, according to MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli.
–Ruettiger reached base and nearly scored, but was gunned down by fellow minor leaguer and 2010 Key L.J. Hoes. San Miguel made a nice scoop and applied the tag, according to Baltimore Sun reporter Ed Encina and columnist Peter Shmuck. Shmuck’s take is here.
A few more bits and pieces on this Wednesday:
*2012 Key Dylan Bundy, baseball’s top pitching prospect, got some more media love today. Read Steve Melewski’s story here.
*Britt Ghiroli wrote a good, lengthy piece on Nolan Reimold (Frederick Key in 2005 and 2006) working back from the career-threatening neck injury that ended his season in 2012. Read it here.
*The No. 10 promotion in our countdown of 2013′s top 10 promotions at Harry Grove Stadium was unveiled yesterday. No. 9 will be released on the blog this afternoon.
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A two-sport star at Oklahoma, Ryan Minor had two obvious career options during the summer of 1996 — move to Philadelphia and try to make it in the NBA or join the Orioles’ minor league system and pursue the majors.
Eventually, Minor settled on baseball and had a brief major league career. But in ’96, the 2013 Frederick Keys manager actually gave both pro sports a try.
Minor, named the Keys manager in January, was a basketball star at Oklahoma. He started for three years as a Sooner and averaged 14 minutes per game coming off the bench as a freshman. Listed as a 6-7, 220-pound forward, Minor was named an All-American as a junior after he averaged 23 points and eight rebounds. Led by their big man, the ’95 Sooners went 23-9, 15-0 at home and earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament, though they were upset in the first round by Manhattan College.
Had Minor, a forward with a soft touch from 3-point land, left for the NBA after his junior year, speculation suggested he’d have been a lottery pick. But Minor chose stay in Norman for his senior year.
Obscured by the basketball hype surrounding Minor was his ability on the baseball field. A member of the OU team that won the 1994 College World Series, the Mets selected Minor in the seventh round of the 1995 MLB draft. Again, he chose to stay in school.
In 1996, Minor became the first player in Oklahoma history to score 1,800 points, grab 700 rebounds and total 150 steals in his career. His draft stock, however, fell and he was taken in the second round by the 76ers. The Orioles, who also drafted Minor as a shortstop out of high school, also drafted him that summer, in the 33rd round.
Minor played 25 games with the O’s rookie league team in Bluefield, W. Va., — missing workouts with Philadelphia to do so — and hit .253. Then, he decided to give basketball a try. He signed a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Sixers, played in seven preseason games and was cut.
He averaged 2.4 points in less than eight minutes per game and shot just 18.5 percent from the field in his brief, preseason NBA career.
News of Minor’s release led to speculation that he might return to Oklahoma to play in the Continental Basketball Association, which is exactly what happened. Saying he was “focused completely on basketball,” Minor spent the end of ’96 with the Oklahoma City Cavalry (rocking a fantastic 90s practice jersey) but didn’t stick.
In February of ’97, he re-signed with Baltimore.
*In 45 days, Minor will begin his Keys managerial career (barring rain, of course). He also played for the Keys for two games, both on the road, in 2000.
*You may have read the former Key and current Oriole Manny Machado missed workouts yesterday at spring training. No worries, folks, it was apparently just acid reflux. Thank goodness.
*No. 10 in our countdown of the Keys’ Top 10 Promotions for 2013 will be on the blog this afternoon. Make sure to click over to that.
*For all you longtime O’s (and Keys) fans, you’ll enjoy this column from MASN’s Steve Melewski. Check it out: What defines a great Orioles fan?
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Buried beneath yesterday’s bosom-filled blog broadcast was a link to the second installment of The Frederick 40 Countdown, a series that takes look at 40 prospects who have the potential to wear a Keys uniform this season.
If you missed it, I understand, given the distracting photo directly above it.
The good news is part two of our countdown is the first of this week’s Five for Friday, a quintuplet of Keys-related information to carry you through the weekend.
1. Frederick 40 Countdown: Part II – Nowak back for more hacks in 2013?
Among this week’s five potential Keys is Frederick’s 2012 leader in batting average and doubles, Jeremy Nowak (pictured above). Among the highlights of Nowak’s baseball career is his one season at Mount Olive College in North Carolina. Nowak was a one-year D-II monster, hitting .446, racking up 99 hits — including 17 homers — and driving in 81 runs for the Trojans. He started the season with a 35-game hitting streak and left his mark on the Mount Olive record book.
As for the rest of the bunch in part two:
Matt Bywater – A lefty who led the NCAA in complete games in 2010. Also had a strong mustache on picture day last season.
Devin Jones - One of two Mississippi State athletes with his name during his time in Starkville. The potential 2013 Key played baseball, the other football. The baseball Jones was probably the better Bulldog as far as on-field performance goes.
Joe Oliveira – Named to the Johnny Bench Award Watch list three years while at the University of the Pacific.
By the way, part one of the countdown is here.
2. Some Keys-related reading
*MASN’s Steve Melewski has been all over the former-Keys beat in the last week. Three links to his stories are below, two on Kevin Gausman — O’s first-round pick last year and major pitching prospect — and one on Bobby Bundy — also a pitcher. Gausman had a brief stint with the Keys late in the season. He also came to the O’s Caravan event in Frederick in January. Here are the two Melewski stories on Gausman:
Bundy, the brother of top-pitching prospect and 2012 Key Dylan Bundy, spent a large chunk of 2011 dominating hitters with the Keys. He’s coming off elbow surgery after a disappointing 2012. Here’s Melewski’s story:
3. Meet Frank Key all over again
4. Newsletter time
The newest Keys newsletter has been published. It is here.
5. Former Frederick Friday Contest
Head over to the Keys Facebook page this afternoon for another edition of our weekly Former Frederick Friday Contest. We post the picture, you guess who it is, if you’re the first to name that Key, your name will be entered into a drawing to win skybox tickets at Harry Grove Stadium this season. We’ll post a brief feature on the this week’s former Key on the blog on Monday.
As always, shake your Keys.
Pictured above is former Key Randy Berlin, about to receive a wet one from Morganna the Kissing Bandit.
Morganna Roberts, described in a 2003 Sports Illustrated article as a woman with “measurements like a first-place hockey record, 60-24-39,” is from Louisville, Ky., and by all accounts now — or lackthereof — lives a normal life. But for three decades, the busty Kentuckian became famous for running onto fields, courts and rinks to smooch lucky athletes.
Her first on-field caper came in 1971 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, when she went for a jaunt across the infield to plant a kiss on all-time hits leader Pete Rose. She became a traveling sideshow at major league parks across the country, soon expanding her repertoire to include NBA and NHL arenas and minor league venues. In doing so, she compiled an impressive list of smooch-ees that includes George Brett (1979 All-Star game at the Kingdome in Seattle) Cal Ripken, Jr. (1988 at Camden Yards) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1989 before a Lakers-Rockets game).
So, 20 years after Morganna made her debut with Pete Rose, Sr., she came to Frederick to add Pete Rose, Jr. to her list. She got him, and Berlin’s kiss was just a bonus cherry on top of that romantic evening at the Grove.
The Kissing Bandit, who worked as an exotic dancer when she wasn’t storming fields and rushing athletes lips-first, hung up her kissing lipstick in 2000, according to this Seattle Post-Intelligencer article.
Here’s a Morganna highlight video, which opens with her Baltimore encounter with The Iron Man. A signed Morganna photo dug out of the Keys archives is below. Happy Valentines Day.
In non-kissing news:
*Part two of our Frederick 40 Countdown is up on FrederickKeys.com. This week’s five include the 2012 Keys’ leader in batting average and doubles and two highly-touted pitching prospects. Check it out by clicking here or on the link above.
*We’re going to start counting down the top 10 promotions of the upcoming season shortly. Stay tuned for that. What would you like to see at the Grove?
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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.
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As a college student, you are just trying to figure out what fits you best as a career. When you move along to the junior and senior years of school, the studies focus more on specifics in your major and possible job avenues that are out there after graduation. Being a Sport Management, Marketing, Communications or Business major normally has an internship involved in the course requirements. That is where the Frederick Keys come into the picture.
The Keys are seeking outgoing and driven college juniors and seniors that want to pursue a career in sports for our Marketing & Business Internship. Meant for students who are seeking an internship for credit, the Keys offer a great program to those looking to get their foot in the door in the industry. Along with experiencing the marketing side of the organization, you get to take place in community relations/appearances and more.
The complete job description is up on the Job Opportunites link under the Harry Grove Stadium tab on www.frederickkeys.com but to help you better understand some facets of the program, here are some highlights of the responsibilities you will have.
Promote the Keys and its various events and promotions in the community through the distribution of marketing materials & pocket schedules. This a very important aspect of sporting organizations. Whether it is going downtown to handout fliers for specific theme nights or delivering pocket schedules throughout Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, the Keys are always on the prowl to get out there and market ourselves. In 2012, the interns helped distribute over 275,000 pocket schedules to different areas, which was a big reason for our increase in attendance. A new addition this year is being a part of the Keys Street Team. During game days in the early afternoon, interns will go out to parks, playgrounds and pools in the area to get kids and families and excited about Keys baseball.
Execute pre-game, in-game and post-game promotions. This is one of the unique parts of the job. As a part of the Krunch Bunch, you will have the opportunity to not only sign up fans for our on-field contests, but set them up on the field as well. Although a lot of the games seem easy and fun, this is one of the responsibilities that demands full attention. With just two minutes to get on and off the field during the half inning, you need to show hussle to get the promotional props in the right spots before the game begins as well as picking them up afterwards. It is a crucial part of the game presentation that needs to be sharp for it to be effective. Other parts of this include helping out with kids run the bases post-game, signing up contestants throughout the game and grabbing the props a half inning beforehand to get everything in place. The picture above is two of our 2011 Marketing & Business interns shaking their Keys. After the 7th inning stretch inning every game, all marketing staff gets up on the dugout and shakes their keys to the traditional song.
Develop theme nights and decorate the stadium and prepare for the various theme nights throughout the season. Wearing costumes during theme nights really adds a lot of atmosphere to the fan experience and that is why we are here. To make the experience the best we can every night for the fans. In the minors, it is all about the people that attend, not the team. Fans will still come to game even if they don’t like baseball for the atmosphere that we offer. It is imperative that you have no issues dressing in costume and being a little goofy because there are plenty of theme nights that involve costumes (Superhero Night, Disney Night, Christmas in July, etc). Helping make a theme night grow makes it more enjoyable for the fans and can be very rewarding for you. We take a lot of pride in our wacky theme nights. Shown above are costumes from our Six Months ’til the End of the World Night, which was up for a couple of promotional awards in 2012.
Assist in the advertising and execution of two sessions of the Keys Youth Baseball Camp. Another enjoyable opportunity of this program is Keys Baseball Camps. Twice during the season, we hold two youth camps for kids ages 5-10 that need to be staffed by the interns. Keys players are at different stations around the stadium, teaching kids the basics of hitting, baserunning and fielding. Helping assist the players at their stations along with making sure the kids get from station to station without losing someone is a big part of the job. Before the camps begin, you will go out to different little league games to hand out information on the camps.
Operate the Keys Group Services signing up fans for new Frank Key’s Army Program and help raise money for Keys charity – Frederick Keys Care at games via the Wheel of Fun and 50/50 raffle. On the days that you are not helping out with on-field promotions or signing up contestants, you will be working one of two stations. Our new Frank Key’s Army Program is named after our mascot Frank Key and Francis Scott Key. When signing up, fans will receive a Keys rally towel and other perks that come along with joining. Also, as seen above, there is the Wheel of Fun. For a $1 donation to our charity, Frederick Keys Care, you can spin the wheel and win a prize anywhere from a baseball rubber ducky to a bobblehead doll. Getting people to spin the wheel by being outgoing and inviting is something that we look for rather than someone on their phone behind the table.
Lastly, this experience gives you the chance to meet some great people and work with friends you may keep in touch with for a long time. Networking is an integral part to the sports industry and you never know who you might meet. The 2012 intern class briefly touched on their experience.
Caitlin Fox (Virginia Tech) – “This internship opportunity with the Keys gave me a great chance to get my feet wet in the world of sports marketing. I gained invaluable experience, not only in marketing, but all aspects of running an operation such as the Keys. This internship made for a great summer, spending days watching and working in baseball with great people!”
Michael Anders (Northwestern) – “Working for the Keys was one of my favorite internships I’ve done so far. Everyone was very friendly and I learned a lot about sports marketing and business. When I requested to enhance my experience by shadowing the radio broadcasters, I was given the opportunity with no questions asked. It was a very worthwhile experience and I had fun every time I went to Harry Grove Stadium.”
Sean Weddell (University of South Carolina) – “My experience interning for the Frederick Keys this past summer was a wonderful one. I was able to learn many aspects surrounding minor league baseball including promotions, marketing and community appearances. I thoroughly enjoyed coming to work everyday for the Keys!”
Blake Maraoui (Virginia Tech) – “Interning with the Frederick Keys helped me develop the people skills to understand how to relate with fans and improve their game experience. A positive attitude and emphasis on treating fans with respect and courtesy is reciprocated, and that is a lesson that applies in all arenas of life.”
Dan Hollister (Towson University) – “The Frederick Keys Marketing Internship was one of the best experiences I’ve had. If you love sports, you will love Interning for this great organization. The entire staff does a great job and will help prepare you for a career in the sports world.”
Lauren Peck (Elizabethtown College) – “My summer internship experience with The Keys was truly a great one. As the summer progressed, I found myself getting comfortable in multiple aspects of minor league baseball, from delivering promotional material, to interacting with fans. Frederick is a special community and as the summer went on, I found myself developing relationships with our season ticket holders. It was great to meet the fans and see so many of them who dedicate their time to supporting the Keys. The staff at Harry Grove Stadium made me feel like I was part of the family from day one, and I never felt like I was “just another intern”. If I ever had questions about the jobs that needed to be completed or about what else minor league baseball had to offer, I always found other employees who were willing to help and share their knowledge. I found the job to be the perfect balance of professional work experience and fun. I loved going into work every day and as a result would like to further investigate the world of minor league baseball as a future career.”
Tara Smeak (Edinboro University of PA) – “While working this past summer as an intern with the Frederick Keys I had the opportunity to get my foot in the door in the sports world. I learned many different aspects of marketing and promotions, while having fun and enjoying the company of my fellow interns. This internship helped me realize what I wanted to do in my future and made me even more excited to get there.”
As you can see, this internship program can be a great opportunity for anyone looking to start a career in sports. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me, Brandon Apter, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For any perspective interns out there, I hope to hear from you soon!
Opening Day is an exciting time for everyone. Not just the fans, but for the staff as well. Ready or not, all of the preparation done during six and a half months of offseason is put to the test. The months leading up to Opening Day are some of the busiest as staff members are selling group packages, sponsorships, creating material for the website and videoboard and ironing out what promotions will take place. What goes into game day preparation you ask? Let’s take a look at what needs to get done for the fan experience to be at its best all day, every day for the Keys marketing team.
Everything begins with presentation. The first thing people do when they sit in their seats is to check out what is happeining on the videoboard. Two days after media day, Keys Creative Production Manager Matt Houston is busy making headshot slates for the team coming to town and for the Keys. Last year, media day and Opening Day took place over a week apart. Once headshots are done, making images for all of the sponsored inning promotions takes place. Each sponsor gets their logo on the board for their in-game to promote their business. These images are created for each and every promotion that happens throughout the season. Finishing touches on the Keys Open Video and Welcome to Harry Grove Stadium are made and ready to go for the night.
While everything is getting worked on graphically, the rest of the marketing staff is making sure that all of the promotional props, public-address reads and game scripts are taken care of before gates open. Each game, the PA announcer has a binder filled with all of his reads for the upcoming game. Each part of the binder, put together by Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant Bridget McCabe, is separated by inning so it is organized and not confusing once game time hits.
In-game & on-field promotions run either for full season (70 games) or half season (35 games). Each night, Promotions Manager Brandon Apter, makes sure that every sponsored in-game is accounted for and that full season games are always included. Apter plans out what will go on pre-game and in-between each and every inning for all 70 games of the season.
Now that everything is taken care of promotionally, there are still the broadcasters. Assistant GM Adam Pohl and Public Relations assistant, Derek LeComte, spend most of their game days getting stat packages, game notes, lineups and transactions together so that all of the media that attends has the appropriate material that they need. They both partake in on-field emcee duty, so getting stats together is an integral part to how their night goes.
As you can tell, there are plenty of aspects that go into game day preparation and it takes an entire staff to execute it well. We hope to give you some more insight on how things work behind the scenes here at the Keys, so stay tuned!
By: Derek LeComte
The days are getting longer, the temperature is getting (somewhat) warmer and you know baseball season is close – but not close enough! As winter transitions to spring and our April 6th home opener draws closer, we’re going to do our best to give you your baseball fix.
Leading up to our April 6th start, everyday at 11:30 AM, we’re going to countdown the 40 players we feel have a chance to play for Frederick this season. Super-stud top-prospect Dylan Bundy seems destined for Frederick, but will Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop be back in town this year? How about other top-ten prospects Parker Bridwell, Jason Esposito and Nicky Delmonico? Do they have what it takes to make the jump up to Frederick?
The Keys had the best team ERA of any full-season minor league team, posting a 3.22 ERA as they were the key (pun intended) ingredient in helping the Keys take home the 2011 Mills Cup. But, how many of those players will be back in 2012? Will there be a severe drop-off in pitching talent? Or, assuming Bundy comes along, will the pitching prospects be even better?
To start our countdown off, we’re going to take a look at those pitchers first and try and analyze who will likely appear at Harry Grove Stadium. From there we’ll look at the catchers, corner infielders, middle infielders and then outfielders we think will be a part of the 2012 Keys.
2. Trent Mummey, OF (4th Round Pick in 2010 Draft)
We’d love to see what Mummey can do without the injuries. He only played in 29 games in 2011, but he’s another guy that has put up solid numbers every step of the way. To give you an indication of his work ethic, one of his injuries occurred when he dove head-first into the wall diving for a ball. He suffered a concussion on the play, but it’s an example of Mummey’s all-0ut effort on the field. Barring another injury, he’s certain to land in Frederick at some point this season.
Ranked as the #27 prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America entering the 2012 season, Mummey had an injury-filled 2011, limiting him to just 29 games played between Delmarva and Frederick. Mummey’s first injury was a scary one as his head collided with the wall while diving for a ball at Harry Grove Stadium. Taken off the field in an ambulance, Mummey missed a month with a concussion, then in five games after his return, he tore his hamstring. Yet in Mummey’s limited action, he posted excellent numbers, hitting .292 / .373 / .478 in 2011 between both Frederick and Delmarva. In his first game with the Keys, Mummey went 4-for-6 and was a homerun shy of hitting for the cycle as he drove in five runs.
Mummey was a First-Team All-SEC selection for Auburn despite missing 28 games with an ankle sprain in 2010. Hitting .366 with an alarming .797 slugging percentage, Mummey finished with 15 doubles, 17 homeruns and 54 RBI as he guided Auburn to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. Selected twice to the SEC All-Defensive team, Mummey committed just two errors in his collegiate career.
Drafted by the Orioles in the 4th round of the 2010 draft, the Pinson, AL native began his professional career with Aberdeen on June 26. In his 14th career game, Mummey had a night to remember. Facing the Auburn Doubledays, he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and finished the evening with a walk-off grand slam. Promoted to Delmarva on August 22, Mummey finished his 62-game rookie campaign with 16 doubles, five triples, three homers, and 29 RBI. His 16 doubles were tops of any Aberdeen player in 2010.
3. Kipp Schutz, OF (19th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Until getting to Frederick, Schutz has had a ton of success everywhere he’s gone. He put up great numbers with Aberdeen and then Delmarva, but really hit a road block when he got to Frederick. He went from a .381 / .429 / .568 line in 38 games with Delmarva to a .212 / .266 / .346 line with Frederick. All players, however, seem to need time so they can adjust to a higher level of play. For Schutz, it’s the same thing. So expect him back in Frederick to start the year where he’ll work on his strikeout numbers, which ballooned to a 22.3% rate with the Keys.
Schutz rolled through Delmarva after hitting .381 / .429 / .568 in 38 games, and earned a promotion to Frederick in late May. Schutz was unable to find the same level of success, however, as his numbers dropped to .212 / .266 / .346 and had a strikeout rate of 22.3% with the Keys.
Schutz had an excellent year in 2010 with Aberdeen, finishing ninth in the New York-Penn League with his team-leading .313 batting average and his 83 hits were fourth-most in the league. Schutz saw more success at pitcher-friendly Ripken Stadium, hitting .360 at home as opposed to .262 on the road.
Drafted by the Orioles in the 26th round in 2006, Schutz attended Indiana University instead, but was drafted by the Orioles again, this time in the 19th round in 2009. Schutz missed his freshman year due to a shoulder injury, but the next year hit .317 with six home runs—tops among Big 10 freshmen. A First-Team All-Big Ten selection in 2009, he finished third in the conference with a .392 average. In 2008-09, Schutz walked-on to the IU basketball team, appearing in six games and scoring six points.
4. Steve Bumbry, OF (12th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Bumbry led the Keys in almost every offensive category, and we’re pretty confident he’ll start the year in Frederick for 2012. While he has a superb 14.8% walk rate, he strikes out way, way too much. With a 27.4% strikeout rate, he’s entering Mark Reynolds territory and that’s never a good thing. Already with a high on-base percentage (.364), his numbers could really take off if he just cuts down his strikeout rate to below 20%. Yet other than his strikeout numbers, Bumbry will serve as a great asset to the Keys to start the year.
5. Johnny Ruettiger, OF (8th Round Pick in 2011 Draft)
Is the last name familiar? If you’ve seen one of the best sports movies ever, then it should be. The nephew to Dan ‘Rudy’ Ruettiger, who inspired the movie Rudy, Johnny, unlike his uncle, has a lot of natural ability. He crushed the ball at Arizona State, hitting .341 / .446 / .455 and has even spent time in big league camp this spring. He’s been praised for his speed and while he hasn’t had a lot of professional at-bats, with his talent level, we’re certain Ruettiger will land with the Keys at some point this season.
6. Glynn Davis, OF (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2010)
The story behind Davis is great. No scouts really knew about Davis or his ability except the Orioles. After he torched the junior college ranks and in the summer bat leagues, the Orioles took notice of him in part because he was playing for Catonsville, which is right in the Orioles’ backyard. What they saw was a player with top-ten round talent – and they stated as much publicly. They signed him as an undrafted free agent, and Davis made good on the O’s bold claim. In his first pro year, he hit .284 / .351 / .362 and Baseball America lists him as the O’s 19th-best prospect and the organization’s fastest baserunner. These are the types of hidden gems the O’s would love to find more of, and it would be an incredible boost if he pans out to be a major league regular.
Davis is considered a hidden gem inside the Baltimore Orioles organization. Ranked as the 19th-best prospect in the O’s system by Baseball America, Davis wasn’t even drafted. Signed out of Catonsville Community College after putting up stellar numbers in the junior college ranks, Davis, who was draft eligible, wasn’t taken by anyone despite a big year at Catonsville. Yet after hitting over .400 in the All-American Amateur Baseball Association, a wooden bat summer league featuring college players, the Orioles decided to sign the promising 18-year old. Before shining over the summer in the AAABA, Davis hit .430 with ten homeruns and 35 stolen bases with Catonsville as he was a 3rd Rank Region XX All-American Nominee and the Catonsville Community College Male Athlete of the Year.
After signing, Davis was considered to have top ten round talent by Orioles scouts and he proved them right after an incredible first year. Blowing through the GCL after hitting .435, Davis continued his great play in Aberdeen, hitting .271 with a .337 on-base percentage. His 23 stolen bases were also a team high and is ranked by Baseball America as the organization’s fastest baserunner. Defensively, Davis was responsible for four double plays from the outfield.
7. Mychal Givens, SS (2nd Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Showing a lot of promise in 2010, Givens had a very disappointing 2011. Hitting just .243 / .318 / .290 in what was his first full professional season, there’s already a lot of worry and fear among Orioles fans that Givens – who was taken very high in the draft – won’t pan out. Now, he showed a lot in an injury-filled 2010, hitting .286 / .402 / .452 in 23 games, so there’s hope that he regains form and develops into a solid player. If he does bounce back, there’s no doubt he’ll get a look at Frederick in the second half of the year.
8. Manny Machado, SS (1st Round Pick and 3rd Overall in 2010 Draft)
Rated the 11th-best prospect in baseball, Machado projects to be an all-star MLB shortstop. Keys fans were able to see this future star help the Keys win the Mills Cup as he hit .344 / .447 / .563 with nine RBIs in nine playoff games. The question, though, is will we get to see him in 2012? That all depends if the Orioles feel he’s ready for Double-A ball. Keep in mind he put up rather pedestrian numbers during the regular season, holding a line of .245 / .308 / .384 with Frederick, and he battled a knee injury that kept him out a month. So there is a great chance he starts out back in Frederick for this season. He’ll be battling fellow super prospect Jonathan Schoop for that shortstop position in Bowie, so even if Machado gets the call to Double-A, Keys fans will still be treated to seeing Schoop.
9. Michael Rooney, SS/2B (30th Round Pick in 2010 Draft)
With the announcement of Machado and Schoop both playing shortstop, this is one player that will be greatly affected. Rooney will now get much more of a look at second base, where he excels defensively. The CAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2010, his defensive skills translated nicely over to the professional ranks where he put up a .979 fielding percentage with Frederick last year. He needs to show more offensively, as he holds a career .230 / .324 / .282 slash line. But everywhere Rooney has been – from Short-Season A ball to college – his on-base percentage is generally 100 points higher than his batting average. If he can generate more offense and power with the bat, he will then start to hold a lot more value. Expect Rooney back in Frederick for 2012 competing at second base.
10. Jonathan Schoop, SS/2B (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2008)
This is one of the brightest prospects in the game. Recognized by Baseball America as the 82nd-best prospect in all of baseball, Schoop has the chance to become a future star. After torching the Low-A level with a .316 / .376 / .514 line at just 19 years old, he was bumped up to Frederick and put up a respectable .271 / .329 / .375 slash line at the Advanced-A level. At a young age, he’s proven he can hit and hit for power, but his work with the glove is also spectacular. Despite never playing second base in his career, he put up a .975 fielding percentage to go along with a 4.34 range factor per game. As a double play combo with fellow top prospect Manny Machado, they were superb. However, new general manager Dan Duquette has recently stated Schoop will be placed back at shortstop where he has a career 4.77 RF/G. That breaks up the pairing of Machado and Schoop and also means that Frederick will see either Schoop or Machado – not both. So, it’ll be either Schoop or Machado in Bowie and then the other in Frederick.
11. Garabez Rosa, SS (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2006)
Rosa at one point was a highly-touted prospect out of the Dominican Republic, but he has regressed. His lack of plate discipline (1.6% walk rate with Frederick in 2011) prevents him from getting on base and being an impact player offensively. Defensively, his glove has also regressed, accumulating a .934 fielding percentage in 2011. However, he had a respectable 4.36 RF/G last year, so it shows he is athletic and can cover plenty of ground defensively. The Orioles organization is hoping Rosa can bounce back in a strong way and show why he was signed as a 16-year old in the Dominican Republic. Getting back to Frederick in 2012 would mean Rosa is on the right track and starting to develop his potential.
12. Bobby Stevens, UTILITY (16th Round Pick in 2008 Draft)
Stevens has spent a lot of time in Frederick in his career and we could see him back again for 2012. Being a super utility player, he’s able to play a whole host of positions, which adds a lot to his value. His ability to get on-base also helps his cause. For all four years in his minor league career, he’s generally had an OBP 100 points higher than his batting average, hovering right around the .350 range. He may lack power (career .356 slugging percentage), but because he’s able to play anywhere on the field and keep that OBP around .350, he’ll stick around.
13. Tyler Kelly, 3B/OF (13th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Kelly is an on-base machine. He’s considered by Baseball America as having the best strike zone discipline in the entire Orioles organization, and last year acquired the rare feat of having more walks than strikeouts. His 12.5% walk percentage in 2011 was Moneyball-esque as was his low 11.8% strikeout rate. Seeing as new Orioles Dan Duquette highly values players like Kelly, he might move through the organizational ladder a lot quicker and we’re confident he’ll get a look in Frederick this year. His power numbers for a third basemen are low, having just a .055 ISO last year, but his career .360 OBP — which incredibly is 94 points higher than his career average — will keep him around.
14. Jason Esposito, 3B (2nd Round Pick in 2011 Draft)
This very well could be one of the best hitting prospects to come through Frederick in 2012. Despite just getting drafted out of Vanderbilt, Esposito has enough talent to start the year in Advanced-A. He shattered the baseball at Vanderbilt, putting up a line of .330 / .405 / .514 in his three-year career, with his best year coming as a sophomore when he posted an incredible .599 slugging percentage. He was taken in the second round of the draft for a reason, and with him being a plus defender at the hot corner, this is a very valuable asset to the Orioles organization.
15. Tyler Kolodny, 1B/DH (16th Round Pick in 2007 Draft)
An injury last year will all but likely put the 24-year old Kolodny back in Frederick. After starting 2011 with the Keys, he put up decent numbers, which included a .402 on-base percentage. Then an injury caused his numbers to plummet and he was eventually put on the DL. Kolodny has shown decent power numbers in the past, getting a .552 slugging percentage and .292 ISO in Delmarva. His fielding has held him back a bit and relegated him more as a DH, but when healthy, he can be an asset with the bat.
16. Tyler Townsend, 1B (3rd Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
In a perfect world, Townsend at this point would be competing for a spot at AAA Norfolk. Yet, the world is never perfect. Townsend, who has put up monster numbers throughout his pro career, has been bogged down by injuries. In 67 games with Frederick last year, he hit .317 / .358 / .583 with a spectacular .412 wOBA and .266 ISO. However, a hamstring injury put him on the DL twice in 2011 and has stunted his growth as a player. He’s had injuries in 2010 and 2009, making the injury bug a frustrating one for a player with this much talent. He could very well start the year in Bowie and never be in Frederick again, but if he’s not fully recovered from his hamstring, he may very well be back in Frederick to start.
17. Aaron Baker, 1B (Traded from Pirates in exchange for Derrek Lee)
Traded for at the deadline in exchange for big league veteran Derrek Lee, Baker added a much-needed power bat to the Orioles’ organization. His first stop after being traded was in Frederick and he just killed it. In 12 games, he had a slash line of .386 / .472 / .591. That gave him an immediate promotion up to Bowie, but his production went to a screeching halt thereafter. Yet to start the year back at Double-A, he’ll have to compete with a healthy Tyler Townsend, and as Keys fans know, he’s quite the first basemen himself. We wouldn’t be surprised if Baker is starting the year in Frederick, which would give the Keys a solid bat in the middle of the lineup.
18. Michael Flacco, 1B (31st Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Here’s a name that’s familiar to anyone who lives in or near Maryland. Michael, the younger brother to Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, will likely see time with the Keys again this year, although he may have to start in Delmarva. There’s a logjam at first base, and that may put Flacco down in Delmarva for the third straight year. In 50 games with Frederick, he had an ISO of .173 and slugging percentage of .473, which are behind his competition of Aaron Baker (.188 ISO, .481 slugging) and Tyler Townsend (.266 ISO, .583 slugging). Yet it’s very possible Baker and Townsend will be out of Frederick by May – or even earlier – leaving room for Flacco to showcase his skills in Frederick this year.
19. Joe Oliveira, C (15th Round Pick in 2010 Draft)
When trying to look at the organizational depth chart for the Orioles, finding a catcher who fits at Frederick is tough. Ohlman and Dalles have high draft pedigrees, making them likely candidates to get time behind home plate, but they’ve lacked any offensive production. That’s where Oliveira comes into play. Although he has just a career 27% caught stealing percentage and .982 fielding percentage, his offensive numbers were better than a lot of other catching prospects. In nine games with Frederick last year, he hit .308 / .357 / .538 and with Delmarva, he hit .325 / .389 / .438 before he ended the year on a 8-for-55 slump. With Ward all but gone to at least Double-A Bowie, Oliveira will get more of a chance with Frederick this year. He can hit just fine, but if his defense improves, we could see a lot of Oliveira this year.
20. Justin Dalles, C (6th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Drafted four consecutive times from 2006 – 2009, there’s always been a lot of promise around Dalles. From high school to junior college to the University of South Carolina, the catching prospect put up big offensive numbers. So far, that hasn’t translated to the professional level as he’s hit .215 / .275 / .303, but has shown something defensively last year at Frederick, throwing out 46% of runners trying to steal, which is comparable to Brian Ward’s incredible 53% caught stealing percentage last year. Dalles will likely start out at Frederick for the year, but whether he becomes the Keys’ primary catcher is entirely too unpredictable.
21. Michael Ohlman, C (11th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)
Just a week ago, Ohlman suffered a vicious car wreck. Flipping his truck three times, it landed on its roof after a reckless driver crashed into him leaving the Orioles’ minor league spring training complex. Ohlman only injured his shoulder in the crash, and as fortunate as he was, that’s still a big blow to a big Orioles’ investment. Ohlman was given just under one million dollars as a signing bonus – a record amount for a player taken after the tenth round. Yet so far, the results have been a mixed bag as he’s hit just .217 / .312 / .301. He’s showed a bit defensively, but the Orioles are hoping he starts to emerge in 2012 as goes up to Advanced-A. Unfortunately, that brutal car wreck complicates matters as to where he’ll end up.
22. Dylan Bundy, RHP (1st Round Pick and 4th Overall in 2011 Draft)
This is the next great pitcher in MLB. When scouts say (anonymously) that Bundy, who is fresh out of high school, might be the best pitcher in the Orioles big league camp, that’s saying a lot. He has previously hit triple digits on the radar gun and has five pitches – yeah five – in his arsenal to work with. Bundy’s high school numbers are just silly. A 0.20 ERA with 158 strikeouts and five walks through 71 innings in his senior year is laughable. If you’re doing the math, that’s a K-rate of 20.0 per nine innings and walk rate of 0.63 per nine. Players out of high school don’t normally start in Frederick, but there’s a great chance this stud prospect is your Frederick Keys opening day starter on April 6th at Harry Grove Stadium. If so, bring your camera and get several autographs because he is that special.
23. Clay Schrader, RHP (10th Round Pick in 2010 Draft)
If Schrader is back in Frederick for 2012, it probably won’t be for long. Aside from control issues, Schrader has put up spectacular numbers. For his two-year pro career in the minors, Schrader has a 1.71 ERA and an astounding 4.2 H/9 and 13.8 SO/9. He’s ranked as the Orioles’ 12th-best prospect and scouts love his fastball and curve, which are both seen as plus pitches. Also, despite being more of a fly ball pitcher (44.7 GB%), he’s only given up three homeruns in his career, demonstrating how tough it is to make solid contact on his pitches. He does have command issues (career 5.9 BB/9), which will likely necessitate a return back to Frederick. But once he gets that under control, Schrader will really take off.
24. Nick Haughian, LHP (9th Round Pick in 2008 Draft)
We’ve already mentioned how players like Kenny Moreland, Scott Copeland and Jacob Pettit, who are older and have proven themselves at the Advanced-A level, will still have to repeat at Frederick for 2012. Well, we think the same will happen to Haughian. Despite being 25 years old and putting up solid numbers for the Keys last year (3.67 ERA, 1.289 WHIP), the addition of so many pitchers at the top of the organizational ladder will make it a lot tougher for Haughian to start out in Double-A Bowie. However, it would be great for Keys fans if they’re able to have a proven 25-year old starter on the mound.
25. Kyle Simon, RHP (4th Round Pick in 2011 Draft)
Simon is a very promising prospect inside the O’s organization. After overpowering batters while at the University of Arizona, Simon stepped right in to the pro ranks and found instant success, posting a 2.16 ERA and 0.840 WHIP in 2011. Scouts love his 6-foot-5 frame and Baseball America has Simon listed as the 18th-best prospect in the O’s organization. Simon may not start out in Frederick, but if he continues his excellent play, it won’t be long at all until he reaches the Advanced-A level.
26. Jesse Beal, RHP (14th Round Pick in 2008 Draft)
At just 19 years old, Beal was one of Delmarva’s best pitchers in 2010, putting up numbers equal to top prospects Bobby Bundy and Ryan Berry. Named a SAL all-star after putting together a 3.86 ERA and tying for the team lead in wins, Beal put himself on the map in a big way. Then, all the hype ended after he injured his shoulder. Forced to miss the entire 2011 season, Beal will have to prove himself once again. Yet at 21 years old, he’s still young and if he can bounce back strong, he’ll still be considered a great prospect. With that in mind, we wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Beal jump up to Frederick in 2012.
27. Tim Berry, LHP (50th Round Draft Pick in 2009 Draft)
It’s rare finding a 50th round draft pick being considered an organization’s better prospect. Yet for Berry, ranked by Baseball America as the O’s 20th-best prospect, that’s exactly the case. To be fair, he’s not really a typical 50th-round pick. After torching batters in the San Diego area as a junior in high school, he suffered an injury his senior year, limiting him to just a few games. Most teams stayed away from Berry, who needed Tommy John surgery after his senior year, but the Orioles decided to take him in the last round of the draft. The risk has paid off so far. Showing top-ten round talent, he’s impressed scouts so far. If he shines in Delmarva to start the year, he’ll likely move up to Frederick but he has to cut down drastically on his walk rate, which in his two pro seasons, stands at 4.9 BB/9.
28. Matt Hobgood, RHP (1st Round Draft Pick and 5th Overall Pick in 2009 Draft)
Is this the year Keys fans get to see Hobgood? Drafted fifth overall in the 2009 draft, the Orioles had high hopes for Hobgood, but so far, he hasn’t got past Low-A Delmarva. A career 4-15 record and 5.48 ERA, Hobgood especially struggled last year, posting an 8.76 ERA. It was discovered he was pitching with a slight tear in his rotator cuff during the season, so there’s hope that if Hobgood can get healthy, he can get his fastball velocity back to 95 mph, which is where it was during high school. If he can get back to full health and have things ‘click’ for him this season, you can bet he’ll be up to Frederick in 2012.
29. Kenny Moreland, RHP (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2008)
Moreland is in a tough spot. He’s excelled at the Advanced-A level, putting up a 3.41 ERA and 1.088 WHIP last year with Frederick, but like a lot of pitchers in the Orioles’ system this year, there’s nowhere to go. With the Orioles adding so many new pitchers to the organization this off-season, it puts a guy like Moreland in a tough spot. He’s talented and he’ll be 26 years old by opening day, which is pretty old for Advanced-A, but he’s being bogged down by all the new pitchers at the top of the organizational ladder. We’re predicting Moreland to repeat in Frederick, which is good for Keys fans considering his age and career 1.086 WHIP and 1.2 BB/9, but not ideal for Moreland.
30. David Walters, RHP (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2009)
Once again, here’s another very successful non-drafted free agent in the Orioles’ system. Despite not holding any high-round draft pedigree, he earned the closer’s role in Delmarva and he shined brilliantly in the position. Earning 30 saves in 2011, he nearly broke Delmarva’s save record of 33. Walters is a groundball machine, holding an astonishing 73.8% groundball percentage last year, and better yet, he doesn’t walk batters, holding a career 2.1 BB/9. It’s pretty certain Walters will get a shot with Frederick in 2012, but with last year’s closer Sean Gleason all but assured of starting with Bowie or Norfolk, it could very well be Walters on the mound closing out games for the Keys.
31. Jason Gurka, LHP (15th Round Draft Pick in 2008 Draft)
Gurka is a player who has completely gone off a lot of people’s radar screens. Despite putting up a 1.088 WHIP and incredible 6.09 SO/BB ratio last year between Delmarva and Frederick, he doesn’t get a lot of mention from scouts or analysts. Of course, it doesn’t help that an injury in 2009 forced him to miss the entire year, or that he’s a bit short at 5-11 and his fastball doesn’t blow anyone anyway. Yet, when healthy, Gurka is extremely effective. For his career, he holds a 1.151 WHIP and very impressive 3.93 SO/BB walk ratio. As good as he was in Frederick, it’s very unlikely he’ll start out in Bowie, so expect to see Gurka back in a Keys uniform to start out 2012. And although he doesn’t have the analysts drooling over his height or fastball velocity, he can force his way up the organizational ladder as long as he produces.
32. Ashur Tolliver, LHP (5th Round Draft Pick in 2009 Draft)
Being taken in the fifth round, there’s a lot invested into Tolliver. So after the reliever struggled as a 22-year old in short-season ball, there was room for concern. Yet the power lefty has since played a lot more like a fifth round pick, cutting down on his walks and improving his strikeout numbers. From 2010 to 2011, his SO/BB ratio went from 1.81 to 3.06, and that improvement earned him a promotion to Frederick in mid-August. Yet he’s almost certain to start out in Frederick for 2012 until he can fully prove himself at the Advanced-A level, which might not take long considering his potential and mid-90s fastball.
33. Scott Copeland, RHP (21st Round Draft Pick in 2010 Draft)
After getting promoted to Frederick in August, Copeland was in cruise control. In six starts, Copeland had a 2.14 ERA and 1.188 WHIP and carried that over to the playoffs, going 2-0 with a 2.24 ERA as he was a big part of the Keys’ championship run. Yet as good as he was in Frederick, it’s unlikely he’ll start the year in Bowie. Six starts is too small of a sample size, so expect to see him in a Keys uniform to start the year where he’ll have to prove himself again. He has an insane 73.0% career groundball rate, but being a groundball pitcher and not a strikeout artist, you’d like to see his 4.0 BB/9 get a little lower. If he can do that, it would elevate his game to another level, making it very difficult to keep in Frederick much longer.
34. Matt Bywater, LHP (7th Round Draft Pick in 2010 Draft)
Considered an advanced college pitcher, Bywater seems destined to land in Frederick in 2012. He had great numbers while pitching for Pepperdine University, finishing with a 2.40 ERA his last year in Malibu as he led the nation with four complete game shutouts. 2011 was his first year in pro baseball and while he struggled with his command (6.1 BB/9), his 10.1 SO/9 rate demonstrates he has the ability to also strikeout plenty of batters. Bywater may repeat at Delmarva to start the year, but this prospect has too much talent to not eventually get his chance in Frederick for 2012.
35. Jacob Pettit, LHP (42nd Round Draft Pick in 2010)
Here’s another hidden gem inside the Orioles’ organization. Drafted in the 42nd round, Pettit didn’t even play Division I baseball, but he’s torched the minor leagues so far. Pitching the second half of the year in Frederick, Pettit went 7-0 with a 1.62 ERA. We think Pettit will have to repeat at Frederick to start the year, but if he’s even close to how he was last year, he’ll get bumped up to Bowie in no time. Yet we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Pettit might be due for some sort of regression. His BABIP in Frederick was .247 with an %88.5 LOB rate, helping to bring about a 3.69 FIP – considerably higher than his 1.62 ERA.
36. Mike Wright, RHP (3rd Round Draft Pick in 2011)
Considered the 11th-best prospect inside the Orioles organization by Baseball America, there’s a great chance Wright will step up to Frederick in the latter portion of 2012. Wright had mixed results last year in what was his first taste of pro baseball, compiling a 5.72 ERA, but he was drafted in the third round for a reason. He dominated in his final year at East Carolina University and he has the tools to succeed. As long as he progresses, this highly regarded O’s prospect will land in Frederick some time this year.
37. Chris Petrini, LHP (Signed as non-drafted free agent in 2010)
No matter where Petrini goes this season, his success in the pro ranks has been pretty remarkable. Going just 11-9 with a 5.29 ERA at Cal-Berkeley, Petrini didn’t impress anyone. He had Tommy John surgery and an ankle injury while in college, greatly limiting his ability. The Orioles signed him as non-drafted free agent and after becoming fully healed and making a commitment to working out – Voila! Petrini instantly transformed into a great reliever. Yet despite his 2.08 ERA and 10.0 SO/9 last year at Frederick, the added pitching depth in the O’s organization means the 25-year old will likely start out 2012 with the Keys.
38. Justin Moore, RHP (26th Round Draft Pick in 2007)
With the Orioles signing so many new pitchers this off-season, Moore becomes a likely candidate to repeat the year at Frederick. Although he put up a decent 3.40 ERA and 6.6 H/9 as a reliever with the Keys, the added depth in the organization at the AAA level will make it tougher for a guy like Moore to move up. Also, factor in his high 4.37 BB/9, and it makes even more sense to have Moore repeat in Frederick for 2012. Yet don’t get us wrong, despite the control issues he had at the Advanced-A level, Moore has a solid track record. Through five professional seasons, the 22-year old has a career 2.93 ERA and 59.5 GB% to match a staggeringly-low 0.2 HR/9. He will eventually get his shot to move up to Bowie.
39. Tyler Wilson, RHP (10th Round Draft Pick in 2011)
After graduating from UVA last spring, Wilson stepped into the professional ranks in July and all he did was dominate. A tenth round pick, Wilson suited up for the GCL Orioles and Aberdeen Ironbirds and put together a 1.91 ERA and .727 WHIP through eight starts. He’ll likely start out at Delmarva, but unless he regresses, Wilson will likely make it up to Frederick in 2012. Furthermore, Wilson is a first-class player off the field, winning the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, given to the most outstanding senior student-athlete in Division I baseball.
40. Dan Klein, RHP (3rd Round Draft Pick in 2010)
If Klein didn’t have any injury concerns, then he doesn’t touch this list. Yet the injury bug seems to always pop up and bite Klein in the you-know-what. A torn labrum in his right shoulder derailed what was a spectacular 2011 season. Injuries plagued him when he pitched for UCLA, and for Orioles fans, they’re hoping he shakes the injury bug because he has serious potential to be a good MLBer.
It is a time that you should be happy to live in Frederick, Keys fans. This upcoming homestand not only has the usual family, friendly atmosphere that we offer, but also brings a WWE Hall of Famer to the Grove, a Star Wars celebration for Keyote’s birthday and a tribute to one of the greatest pieces of facial hair, the mustache. The Keys return home on Thursday for a seven game homestand with match-ups against the Southern Division leading, Winston-Salem Dash, and the Wilmington Blue Rocks. The Keys lost two out of three to the Dash this past weekend but have had a lot of success against the Rocks.
When the Keys return on Thursday, it will be 80′s Night at Harry Grove Stadium. Player headshots on the videoboard will be themed for the 1980s along with music throughout the game. Staff will be dressed up in 80′s clothing whether it is crazy neon stuff or something else. I was born in 1987 so I didn’t get to experience too much of the 80′s but the music is good and so are the cartoons…the Super Mario Bros. Super Show being one of my favorites…
Friday night at 7pm is Salute to the Blue Collar Worker and more importantly an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer, Jerry “The King” Lawler. The King is not only well-known for his wrestling and announcing, but also coming to minor league parks to spend time with fans to take pictures and sign autographs. This past weekend, Lawler was in Atlanta for a wrestling convention and wrestling journalist, Bill Apter (my dad), talked to Jerry about his upcoming visit to the Keys game. Should be a fun time, so bring your wrestling memorabilia, disposable/real cameras and babies to get signed as the King makes his way to Frederick! Ok, you don’t have to get your baby signed.
Fast forwarding to Sunday at 2PM, the Keys will celebrate Keyote’s birthday in a way that has never been done before. Keyote will have the force with him come Sunday afternoon as his birthday is set to be a Star Wars theme. Members from the Defenders of the Force and the Rebel Legion will be in attendance and will feature over 10 Star Wars characters and performances on the field in between innings. The guy in charge of the Defenders of the Force, Chris Harper, gives an explanation of what his group does…
The Defenders of the Force is an organization comprised of individuals with a passion for giving back to the community and a love of the Star Wars Universe as created by Lucasfilm Ltd. The members of the Defenders of the Force have banded together to recreate the lightsaber battles seen in the films and television series and to create their own stories, characters, and lightsaber battles based in the Star Wars Universe. These lightsaber battles are performed at events with the sole purpose of assisting charitable organizations and supporting the community.
Fans can get into the game early, 12:30PM to be exact, for just $13! That $13 includes a general admission ticket along with a hot dog, chips and a drink for a pre-game picnic with all of the Star Wars characters and Keyote’s mascot friends.
The last day I choose to highlight is Wednesday, August 17th. Here with the Keys this month, it is Mustache August. Game time is at 7PM and it is Tribute to the Mustache Night. What better?! Not only will fans that have mustaches receive a ticket discount (no goatees allowed!) BUT the first 500 fans that may be too young or too cool for a real mustache will receive a stick-on mustache as they enter the gates. There is nothing better than a Wednesday night of hot Carolina League action while taking the time to tribute the mustache. We will be having Name that Mustache Trivia along with other exciting events taking place. Not to mention, some Keys staff members have decided to grow mustaches of their own…
Anyways, I hope to see you all out at the Grove sometime in the next seven games. Make sure to stop by the box office or give us a buzz at 877.8.GO.KEYS to get tickets for any of these games OR for our playoff games on September 7th & 8th…..PLAYOFFS?! YES! PLAYOFFS!
That being said, Shake Your Keys!