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On The Road Report: Keys Take Two Of Three In Lynchburg

After a winning just two of six games at home against Winston-Salem and Wilmington this past week, the Frederick Keys took to the road to play three games against the last place Lynchburg Hillcats.

On July 4 in Lynchburg, Brady Wager got his first win of the season. He gave up seven hits and three runs in seven innings pitched in his best outing of the season. Zach Fowler then came in to pitch two scoreless innings leaving the Keys on top, 8-3.

Christian Walker had a big game going three-for-five with three doubles and three runs scored.  Michael Ohlman hit a three-run homer in the third inning putting the Keys ahead 4-1. Ohlman is batting .424 in the second half of the season with six doubles, five home runs and 19 RBIs.  He also has back-to-back Carolina League Player of the Week Awards under his belt.

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Photo Credit: Tim Jacobsen

*Check out the July 4 game story on FrederickKeys.com right here.

The Keys pulled off another 8-3 win the following day with Zach Davies on the mound. Davies left the game in the seventh inning after giving up just three runs and seven hits with four strikeouts (identical to Wager’s start yesterday in those four categories).  Miguel Chalas came in to pitch two scoreless innings for Frederick.

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Davies picked up his fifth win of the season and his first since May 25.

Christian Walker had another great game going three-for-five with two doubles and a solo homer in the first inning to put the Keys up 2-0. In the month of July, Walker is batting .375 with five doubles and two homers.

*Want to read the full game story from the Keys July 5 game? Check it out right here.

In game three against the Hillcats, Luc Rennie got the start for Frederick. Rennie gave up four earned runs in 4+ innings pitched in his first start in the Carolina League on June 30. His July 6 outing was sadly not much different. Rennie gave up six hits, five runs (four earned) in only five innings pitched.

Hillcats starter, Greg Ross, held the Keys to just two hits and no runs in the six innings pitched.  The Keys ended up losing 8-4.

Christian Walker came up big with a three run home off of reliever, Ronan Pacheco. Walker ended the game with just that one eighth inning homer.

*Walker will join former teammate, Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Urrutia in representing the Orioles’ organization in the All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 14.

*In Orioles news, former Key, Manny Machado, was just selected as an American League All-Star. Machado is currently hitting .314 with a league-leading 29 doubles.

Machado bobbles, a doubleheader, fireworks and Biingo at The Grove

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We’re giving away 1,000 of the Manny Machado bobbleheads today courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle. Gates open at 5 p.m. Get here early if you want this fine-looking bobblehead.

Mother Nature did not cooperate with the Keys’ plans Friday night, washing away Casino Night and postponing the 7 p.m. game against Wilmington.

But, as a result, we’re playing two at The Grove tonight, which will make for one grand Saturday evening at the ballpark. The doubleheader starts at 6 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m.

For starters, it’s Manny Machado bobblehead giveaway day presented by BayRunner Shuttle.

*Bobblehead giveaway tips:

  • If you want a Manny bobblehead (it looks good, doesn’t it?) get here early. The earlier the better.
  • We’re giving away 1,000 bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open at 5 p.m.
  • It’s first come, first serve and there will be a line.

Once you’ve got your bobblehead, get ready for two games that feature some strong pitching matchups. In game one, Keys pitcher Tim Berry takes on Blue Rocks top-pitching prospect and 2012 first-round pick Kyle Zimmer in game one. A look at the game one matchup:

KEYS GAME ONE STARTER: LHP Tim Berry (2-1, 3.44)

  • Fourth in the Carolina League with 38 strikeouts.
  • Retired first 13 Wilmington batters in April 12 start against Zimmer and Blue Rocks. Fanned eight and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over six innings in start, receiving a no-decision in the Keys’ 4-3 win.
  • Rated by Baseball America as Baltimore’s 11th-best prospect.
  • Drafted in the final (50th) round of the 2009 draft by the Orioles after senior season of high school, during which he threw a no-hitter and then had Tommy John surgery.

BLUE ROCKS GAME ONE STARTER: RHP Kyle Zimmer (0-2, 4.03)

  • Struck out eight Keys on April 12, allowing an unearned run on two hits and three walks. Enters game coming off a 6.1-inning, one-run start.
  • Leads the Carolina League with 12.41 K/9 ratio; second in strikeouts (40).
  • Rated by Baseball America as Kansas City’s No. 1 prospect. Had surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow in the offseason. When healthy, has registered 99 mph with his fastball.

And game two’s matchup:

KEYS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP Trent Howard (1-0, 0.51)

  • Has allowed just one run in 17.2 innings out the bullpen this season.
  • Went 0-1 with a 4.30 ERA in three starts vs. Blue Rocks last season

BLUE ROCKS GAME TWO STARTER: LHP John Lamb (2-3, 4.88)

  • Had Tommy John surgery in ‘11; prior to injury was KC’s top pitching prospect
  • Rated as Royals No. 11 prospect by Baseball America; 0-2, 8.00 ERA on the road this season

*Before we get underway with the games, The Grove will have a special first pitcher tonight. Noah “Biingo” Gray of “The Biggest Loser” fame will be tossing out a ceremonial first pitch this evening.

Biingo, a 13-year-old from New Windsor, was one of three child participants on the show who wanted to lose weight and get healthier. As part of his journey to a healthier lifestyle, Biingo, who loves baseball, came to Harry Grove Stadium for a workout that aired on the show.

He’s back tonight and he’s fit. Check out his before and after photos on nbc.com.

*And we’re planning for a beefed up fireworks show tonight, seeing as last night’s got rained out.

As of 2 p.m., tickets are still available. But them online at FrederickKeys.com at any time, at 301-815-9939 until 3 p.m., or at the Keys box office at Harry Grove Stadium.

*Want a bobblehead but can’t make tonight’s game? A complimentary bobblehead comes with any Keys ticket plan. We have Dylan Bundy bobbles, too.

*Tonight’s game one lineup:

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Come to The Grove tonight, you could win a suite

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Tim Berry starts for the Keys tonight against Wilmington in what ought to be a game filled with strikeouts. He and Blue Rocks starter Kyle Zimmer are two of the best in the Carolina League when it comes to missing bats.

The Keys open a four-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. against Wilmington. It’s Casino Night at Harry Grove Stadium, too.

Reasons to come to tonight’s game:

  • Tonight’s pitching matchup – Keys LHP Tim Berry vs. Blue Rocks RHP Kyle Zimmer — has double-digit strikeout potential. Both are top-5 in strikeouts in the Carolina League and Zimmer leads the league in K/9 at 12.41. When these two started opposite one another on April 12, 16 batters walked away with a K after six innings.
  • One fan will win a suite to a future Keys game as part of our Casino Night. We’ll have several special in-game promotions, as well.
  • Zimmer is Kansas City’s top pitching prospect and has been known to throw 99 mph fastballs.
  • The Keys are playing well right now, leading the Northern Division at 18-14 and leading the Carolina League in runs scored.
  • Zane Chavez’s mustache: view it here when he rounds second base after hitting a homer at Winston-Salem.
  • Buy your tickets here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.

*Some game notes:

  • WHIFF IT, WHIFF IT GOOD: Tonight’s starters are two of the best strikeout pitchers in the Carolina League. Zimmer leads the league in strikeouts per nine innings, striking out 12.41 batters per nine. Zimmer’s 40 strikeouts are tied for second in the league and Berry’s 38 are fourth.

    FEELIN’ HOT, HOT, HOT: Keys catcher Zane Chavez and second baseman Jerome Pena have been swinging hot bats as of late. Chavez is batting .389 with 13 RBIs in his last nine games, providing some pop in the middle of Frederick’s order. He’s also walked 11 times in the last six games, putting him in second in the Carolina League with 21 free passes on the season. And after a dreadful start to the season, Pena is batting .344 over his last 10 games with two homers and eight RBIs, raising his batting average to .224.

    BORN TO (SCORE) RUN(S): The Keys remain the worst hitting team in the Carolina League by batting average, hitting just .230 as a team, but lead the league in runs scored with 156. Possible explanations for the Keys’ offensive efficiency – they lead the league in walks (156) with 36 more than the teams tied for second and have the second-best OBP in the league (.329). Frederick’s batting .244 with runners in scoring position and have hit 24 homers this season.

*Keys lineup for tonight:

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*Another chance to win a Manny Machado bobblehead on our Facebook page today before we give out 1,000 courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle at the gate at tomorrow’s 6 p.m. game. Keep your eyes peeled for a Manny trivia question on our Facebook timeline. Buy your tickets for Saturday’s game here, call 301-815-9939 or visit the box office at The Grove.

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Story for an off day: Rice makes the Majors

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At age 31, Scott Rice became the Keys 126th player to reach the Major Leagues when he made his debut with the Mets on April 1.

Scott Rice spent once season in the Frederick Keys’ bullpen – 2003. Ten years later, he became the 126th former Key to reach the Majors.

Rice made his debut with the New York Mets on April 1 at age 31. During his season with the Keys, Rice, a left-handed reliever, went 1-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings pitched over 25 appearances. He reached Triple-A in 2006 and played for nine clubs, including an independent league team in 2008, after making his first Triple-A roster before getting the call to the majors.

The Orioles selected Rice in the 14th round of the 1999 draft out of high school. He spent three seasons in rookie ball before reaching the Single-A level in 2002 and after starting 2003 with Delmarva, he spent the second half of the year with the Keys.

Rice spent 14 seasons in the minors and threw 805 innings, becoming almost exclusively a reliever in 2003. Those 14 seasons and his persistence in the minors are paying off now.

In 18 games this season, Rice has a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 inning pitched for the Mets, the eighth Major League organization he’s signed with.

Other off day news:

*The Keys lost 12-9 in extra innings Wednesday afternoon. Read the recap in the Frederick News-Post or on FrederickKeys.com.

*We’re giving away another Manny Machado bobblehead today on our Facebook page. To win it, like us and then keep your eyes peeled for a Manny Machado trivia question we’ll post later. Be the first to correctly answer, and the bobble is yours.

*Don’t forget we’re also giving away 1,000 Manny bobbles courtesy of BayRunner Shuttle when the gates open for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Wilmington. Fireworks will follow  Saturday’s game and Friday’s 7 p.m. game, the opener of a brief four-game homestand at Harry Grove Stadium.

Get your tickets here, call the Keys’ box office at 301-815-9939 or purchase them at the box office at Harry Grove Stadium.

*You can also get a Manny Machado bobble by buying any Keys ticket plan.

*The Baltimore Sun’s Ed Encina asks, “Why isn’t Manny Machado mentioned in the same breath as fellow phenoms Trout and Harper?

Your first-place Keys are back in town tomorrow. Shake your Keys.

Listen to the Keys at work, win a bobblehead on Facebook

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Check out our Facebook page today for a chance to win this Manny Machado bobblehead.

Shortly after yesterday’s blog post went up, the Keys got rained out in Winston-Salem.

Boo.

The good news is you don’t have to wait long for Keys baseball today. Frederick takes on Winston-Salem this morning at 11 a.m., looking to cap off an undefeated road trip.

If the Keys, who have won their first four games on this trip, win today, it will be their most successful road swing in recent Keys history. The best trips in recent memory:

  • 5/27-29/11 – Keys swept Salem Red Sox; 4 games in 3 nights – 4-0 road trip
  • 7/13-20/11 – 8 game trip to Wilmington & Kinston; Lost game 1 in Wilmington, won 6 in a row, lost game 8 in Kinston
  •  8/19-24/05 – 7 game road trip to Myrtle Beach & Kinston; Won first 5 games but lost final 2 in Kinston

Listen to today’s game on AM1450 The Source, online at wthu.org or through the TuneIn Radio App by searching for WTHU. The Frederick Gorilla Pregame Show starts 30 minutes before first pitch.

*We’ll be giving away Manny Machado bobbleheads to the first 1,000 fans in the gates at Harry Grove Stadium for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game against Wilmington. Gates open at 5.

We’re also giving away a bobble today, tomorrow and Friday on our Facebook page. To win it, like us and then keep yours eyes peeled for a Manny Machado trivia question. Be the first to correctly answer, and the bobble is yours.

Tickets to Saturday’s game and the rest of the four-game series with Wilmington that begins Friday at 7 p.m. can be purchased online here, by calling 301-815-9939 or by visiting the Keys’ box office at The Grove.

For those of you who want a Manny bobblehead, but don’t want to fight the crowd Saturday, a free bobblehead comes with the purchase of any of our ticket plans. One bobble head per seat. We have Dylan Bundy, too. 

*Speaking of Manny, his WAR (Wins Above Replacement) is better than that of fellow phenoms Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, for all you lovers of advanced metrics. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal gives Machado love in this story.

*For those of you wondering, Tuesday’s postponed game will be made up in Winston-Salem as part of a Memorial Day Doubleheader.

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Five for Friday – Schoop on Fire; O’s Reassign Players

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1. Jonathan Schoop leads the Netherlands in a WBC upset

The most notable among Orioles prospects in the World Baseball Classic this year is infielder Jonathan Schoop. In last night’s 6-2 upset win over Cuba, Schoop brought the Netherlands to the brink of a semifinals berth after their impressive run in the 2009 Classic. Mixing in some great play at second base, Schoop’s three-run homer sparked the Dutch to victory.

Orioles prospect Jonathan Schoop had a three-run home run in the sixth and finished a triple away from hitting for the cycle to help bring his nation to the brink of a berth in the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Cuba in the first game of the second round on Friday at Tokyo Dome.

“It’s a great moment for our country,” Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said. “We have the momentum on our side right now. The guys are playing great. They’re scoring first to keep the pressure off the pitching, they play great defense.”

Find the entire recap, including video of the game, here.

2. Wright, Rodriguez and de San Miguel reassigned

MASN Sports Oriole’s columnist Roch Kubatko reported that some cuts were made by the O’s yesterday and some former/future Keys were among those removed from big league camp.

Mike Wright, who went 5-2 with a 2.91 ERA in eight games in Frederick this season, was reassigned to minor league camp after three appearances with the O’s in spring training. Through those three games, Wright compiled a 5.14 ERA over seven innings of work. After an injury plagued year in Double-A (5-3, 4.91), Wright will likely see time with the Baysox again to start the season.  O’s manager Buck Showalter was impressed at what he saw from the young farm-hand.

“Very similar stuff (to Rodriguez), except we just want to get him back on track,” Showalter said. “He was a good-looking pitcher last year when he left here. Still have some high hopes for him. We had some periods where he got out of whack last year. Good to see him finish on a high note today.”

Eduardo Rodriguez (19), a potential Key for 2013 and a top pitching prospect behind Bundy and Gausman, saw some time for the O’s in an intrasquad game and the exhibition game again Spain, where he pitched a scoreless inning. It seems likely he will don a Keys uniform this season, after appearing in a game late last season in Frederick. He went 5-7 with a 3.70 ERA for the Low-A Shorebirds in 2012. Buck shed some light on the 19-year old prospect after his short time with the big club.

“Just being around the atmosphere here, and a little bit of the professionalism and kind of what’s got to go on, that was really what I wanted him to get more than anything else. That was a common denominator I was getting back from our people below. That’s something he needed. He needed to really see routine, things like that.”

Catcher Allan de San Miguel was also reassigned. He saw time in the Austrailian League with the Perth Heat and with the Australian World Baseball Classic team, before they were knocked out by Schoop’s Netherlands team. He did not register a hit in four at-bats in the WBC but did hit .294 with five homers and 30 RBI for the Perth Heat, who fell just short of their second title in as many years. San Miguel spent 2012 with the Keys and Baysox, where he hit .239 combined.

For the entire article on the O’s spring training cuts, including more quotes on prospects from Showalter, click here.

3. 22 days until KeysFest

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On March 30th from 11am-2pm, the Keys will be holding a fan-focused event that is free to the public. The biggest aspect of this event is the release of single game tickets to the public. One different part of the event this year is the addition of the 4th Annual Tots2Tweens Egg Hunt. The Keys and Tots 2 Tweens have partnered this year to make KeysFest extra special. The first 500 fans through the gates will receive goody bags and kids will get their chance to take pictures with the “Bunny” along with Keys mascots Keyote and Frank Key. Vendors will be all over the concourse and there will be food sampling, custom baseball cards and more!

For the complete press release on KeysFest, click here.

Think you are talented enough to sing the National Anthem at a game? Pre-register today and audition at KeysFest! The form can be found here and can be mailed, e-mailed or faxed.

4. Teeing off with the Newsletter

This week’s edition of the Keys newsletter, including the first information on the annual charity golf tournament can be found here. Never heard of the Keys Care Charity Golf Tournament? Check out last year’s video feature below.

The 2010 highlight video can be found here.

5. Link it up!

Miss any of our Top 10 Promo Countdown? Check it out here and stay tuned for the #1 Promotion today at 4pm.

The fifth part of our possible 2013 Keys players is out – read it here.

In Britt Ghiroli’s latest Orioles post, Manny Machado talks about his high spring workload.

In case you missed it, there was some Orioles magic in yesterday’s game against the Blue Jays. See Ryan Flaherty’s walk-off bomb over the fence in right field by clicking here.

Is your kid a member of the Jr. Keys Club? If so, we are holding a Kickoff Picnic! For complete details, click here.

Our weekly Former Frederick Friday contest takes place this afternoon, so head over to our Facebook page for that.

Only 28 days until Opening Day at ‘The Grove’!

Have a good weekend and Shake Your Keys!

Bundy to pitch against Yankees (updated)

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After being rained out of his scheduled appearance yesterday, Dylan Bundy is slated to pitch for the O’s this afternoon against the Yankees. The 2012 Key is slated to pitch after starter Jake Arrieta (another former Key), according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. First pitch for the O’s split-squad contest was scheduled for 1:05 p.m.

*Follow Bundy and the O’s live with MLB.com Gameday here.

**Update: Through one inning, Bundy has allowed a walk to Dan Johnson and struck out Juan Rivera. Bundy came in the game to start the bottom of the third inning. He also got Robinson Cano to groundout and Zoilo Almonte to fly out.

**Another update: Bundy gave up a single to start the fourth, but then retired three in a row – two on grounders, the other on a fly ball. Last batter Bundy retired was Yankees speedster Brett Gardner.

**Final update: Bundy has been pulled after two innings. His final line:  2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO

*Yesterday’s post “The Bundy Effect,” which took a look at Carolina League attendance during his starts, was mentioned in today’s bird droppings at O’s blog camdenchat.com. In case you missed it yesterday, here’s the link to the post.

*The final day of the Keys Job Fair is tonight from 6-8 p.m. at Harry Grove Stadium. Stop by and apply and interview for a gameday position with the Keys. More info on that here.

*MASN’s Steve Melewski takes on the critics of the oft-injured Brian Roberts, shortstop extraordinaire for the 2000 Frederick Keys. Read his story here.

*Another O’s blog, Camden Depot, looks at 2011 Key Manny Machado’s rookie season in Baltimore. Check it out here.

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Minor’s brief pro basketball career

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2013 Keys Manager Ryan Minor starred for the University of Oklahoma basketball team and had a brief pro career on the basketball court. This is his NBA rookie card.

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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Top 40 Countdown: Potential Keys

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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)

Injuries have slowed down Mummey's progress, but the O's and their fans are hopeful he's 100% for the duration of 2012

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.

Bio:

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)

Schutz has put up big numbers along every step of the organizational ladder, but must be more consistent in Frederick to move up

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.

Bio:

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)

To start the year, expect Bumbry to be back in the outfield of Harry Grove Stadium

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)

Johnny, the nephew to Rudy Ruettiger, can make it big on the diamond

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)

Davis was a steal for the Orioles organization

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.

Bio:

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.

MIDDLE INFIELDERS:

7. Mychal Givens, SS (2nd Round Pick in 2009 Draft)

The Orioles are hoping Givens can resemble the top prospect he was projected to be

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)

Machado projects to be a future MLB all-star, but will he ever be back in a Keys uniform?

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)

An outstanding defensive player, Rooney will likely be back with Frederick to improve his offense.

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)

Is top prospect Schoop coming back to Frederick?

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)

Getting back to Frederick would be a great sign for Rosa and the Orioles

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)

There's a chance Stevens could be back in Frederick for 2012.

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.

CORNER INFIELDERS:

13. Tyler Kelly, 3B/OF (13th Round Pick in 2009 Draft)

Kelly is the prototypical Moneyball player

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)

Esposito will be one of the bigger prospects to come through Frederick this year.

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)

With an injury sustained last year, expect a repeat year in Frederick for Kolodny.

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)

Injuries have kept this highly rated prospect from advancing past Frederick.

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)

Acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for Derrek Lee, Baker adds instant power to the Orioles organization.

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)

Expect Flacco back in Frederick for 2012

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.

CATCHERS:

19. Joe Oliveira, C (15th Round Pick in 2010 Draft)

In terms of offensive numbers, Oliveira's production is greater than a lot of other prospects.

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)

Dalles, a solid defensive catcher, could be the Keys' primary catcher to start the year.

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)

A vicious car wreck hopefully won't hinder Ohlman's future.

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.

PITCHERS:

22. Dylan Bundy, RHP (1st Round Pick and 4th Overall in 2011 Draft)

Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the draft, has 'star' written all over him.

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 gets his command issues settled, he's staring at an extremely quick promotion out of Frederick.

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)

With the added pitching depth at the top of the Orioles' organization, there may be a chance Haughian is back with the Keys to start 2012.

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)

A huge frame and spectacular results in his first pro year, Simon has become a valued prospect with the Orioles.

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)

Despite missing all of 2011 with an injury, we wouldn't be surprised to see Beal get back on track with his development.

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)

Being drafted in the 50th round, Berry is turning into a steal for the Orioles, showing top-ten round talent.

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 Hobgood comes up to Frederick?

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)

Despite proving his value at the Advanced-A level, we're predicting Moreland will start out with Frederick in 2012.

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)

Walters nearly broke Delmarva's single-season save record in 2011 and he'll get his chance to prove his worth this year in Frederick.

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)

Despite lacking a lot of the things scouts love, Gurka is a highly effective pitcher who can move up in the organization so long as he produces.

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)

A high draft pick, Tolliver came into his own last year, but expect him back in Frederick for 2012.

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)

Although Copeland dominated in Frederick in his short time here in 2011, he's almost certain to repeat with the Keys in 2012.

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)

Bywater made a name for himself in college after dominating at Pepperdine University. Now, it's only a matter of time before this talented prospect reaches Frederick.

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)

Drafted in the 42nd round, a lot of teams and their scouts didn't think much of Pettit. Yet after posting a 7-0 record and 1.62 ERA in Frederick, he's proved them all wrong so far.

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 in the O's system, expect Wright to make the jump to Frederick in 2012

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)

A career 2.19 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in two pro seasons, Petrini has surpassed all expectations so far.

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)

Justin Moore

With the Orioles adding to their organizational pitching depth, players like Justin Moore will likely have to repeat the year at Frederick.

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)

Tyler Wilson

It's a small sample size, but in eight games as a pro, Wilson has blown people away. If he continues to progress, a stop in Frederick seems imminent.

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)

Dan Klein

Despite dominating in Double-A Bowie, Klein will likely have to start the year in 2012 with Frederick due to a shoulder injury

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Part VI – 2011 Keys Season Preview

By Tim Murray

This is the sixth and final edition of the six-part series looking at the players who could possibly comprise the 2011 Frederick Keys. (Pictured Above – RHP Ryan O’Shea)

Manny Machado – SS

Entering the 2011 season, Machado is rated as the top prospect in the Orioles organization by Baseball America and is considered to be the best hitter for average and top defensive infielder in Baltimore’s farm system as well. As a senior at Brito Miami Private High School, Machado hit an incredible .639 with 12 home runs and 68 RBI in just 29 games. If he had not signed with Baltimore, Machado committed to play his college baseball at Florida International University.

Selected as the third overall pick in last year’s draft (behind Bryce Harper and Jameson Taillon), Machado inked the second largest signing bonus in franchise history. His $5.25 million bonus is only behind Matt Wieters’ $6 million bonus from 2007. The Hialeah, FL native made his pro debut on August 27, 2010 and played a total of nine games in his first professional season.

Did You Know?

Machado is the first shortstop Baltimore has selected in the first round since Rich Dauer was picked by the Orioles out of USC in the 1974 draft.

Scott Copeland – P

A native of White Oak, Texas, Copeland had an incredible start to his professional career. After signing with the Orioles, he made 12 starts with Aberdeen before making one start with Delmarva to close out the 2011 campaign. With the Ironbirds, the 21st round pick compiled a 2-5 record with an ERA of 2.91. In his last two starts in Aberdeen, Copeland allowed just one run over 12 innings of work while striking out 13. On September 1st, Copeland’s only start with Delmarva, he tossed six scoreless innings and picked up the victory in the Shorebirds 1-0 win over the Kannapolis Intimadators.

Copeland finished out his career at Southern Mississippi on quite a high note. In his senior campaign, he led the Golden Eagles to the C-USA tournament championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament. In the process, he went 11-1 with a 3.75 ERA in 2010 and led the C-USA in victories. In addition, Copeland was named the C-USA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as well as First-Team Conference USA and Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Magazine Third-Team All-American.

Did You Know?

Prior to playing at Southern Mississippi, Copeland spent two years at Panola (TX) Community College. He had a combined 12-9 record in his two seasons with the Ponies and earned all-conference honors in his sophomore campaign.

Ryan O’Shea – P

The University of New Orleans product was drafted by the O’s in the 27th round of the 2008 draft. While at UNO, O’Shea was used mainly out of the bullpen and in three years he appeared in 84 games, which tied him with Justin Garcia for most appearances in school history. He flourished as a closer in his junior season, leading the Sun Belt Conference in saves (13).

After a strong 2009 season in which he led Delmarva in games started, O’Shea was the most reliable and consistent pitcher in the Keys rotation in 2010. The Mandeville, LA native tied Nathan Jones of Winston-Salem for the most games started (28) in the Carolina League and finished seventh in the CL in ERA (3.84). O’Shea ended the 2010 campaign as the Keys leader in strikeouts (105) and innings pitched (140.2) along with games started. He did struggle with his command at times last season. O’Shea walked 64 batters in his 28 starts, most in the Carolina League.

Did You Know?

O’Shea is the University of New Orleans’ all-time saves leader with 18.

Billy Rowell – 3B

Rowell was the Baltimore Orioles first pick in the 2006 draft (9th overall). He played his high school baseball at Bishop Eustance Prep in Pennsauken, New Jersey. Originally drafted as a third baseman, he moved to the outfield in 2009 before returning back to the infield for the 2010 season. Entering the 2011 campaign, Rowell is considered to have the best infield arm in the Orioles minor league system.

The 2010 season was Rowell’s third season in Frederick and most successful. He set new career-highs in almost every offensive category including home runs (11), RBI (61), doubles (25), and hits (120).

On July 11, 2010, Rowell capped off a magically night at Harry Grove Stadium when he blasted a walk-off home run down the rightfield line as the Keys defeated the Kinston Indians, 5-4, in 11 innings.

Did You Know?

Rowell is the Keys franchise record holder for games played (348) and at bats (1,234). He also currently sits in third place in Frederick history in hits (308) and doubles (69).

David Walters – P

After spending two years at Spartanburg Methodist (SC) College, Walters transferred to Francis Marion (SC) University, where he finished out his college career. In two seasons at FMU, he had a combined record of 16-7 and led the Patriots in games started both years. Walters was a First Team All-Peach Belt selection his senior season as he helped guide the Patriots to the Peach Belt Tournament Championship and their fourth Division II NCAA Tournament appearance in seven years.

Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2009, Walters was lights out in Aberdeen in 2010. Over his nine appearances, he allowed no runs and just three hits in his 10 innings of work with the IronBirds.

Did You Know?

Walters was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 47th round of the 2008 draft but opted to go back to Francis Marion for his senior year.

Jacob Rasner – P

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 7th round of the 2005 draft, Rasner spent two years in the Rangers organization before being traded to the Chicago White Sox on December 23, 2006. Along with Rasner, the Rangers sent pitchers John Danks and Nick Masset to Chicago in exchange for outfielder David Paisano and pitcher Brandon McCarthy.

Rasner spent four seasons in the White Sox farm system before the Orioles selected him in the Double-A phase of the 2010 Rule 5 draft. He spent parts of three seasons in the Carolina League with the Winston-Salem Dash. In all, Rasner made 11 appearances against the Keys compiling a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings pitched.

Did You Know?

Jacob Rasner’s twin brother, Jesse, pitched in the Orioles organization last season with Aberdeen, Delmarva, and the GCL Orioles. Jesse signed with the Traverse City Beach Bums in the Frontier League for the 2011 season.

Trent Mummey – OF

Rated as the #16 prospect in Orioles organization entering the 2010 season, Mummey had a strong final season at Auburn despite missing 28 games due to an injury. In 36 games with the Tigers in 2010, he hit .366 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs, and 54 RBI. Mummey was a First Team All-SEC selection and helped guide 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 fourth round of the 2010 draft, the Pinson, AL native began his professional career with Aberdeen on June 26. 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.

Did You Know?

In his 14th career game, Mummey had a night to remember. Facing the Auburn Doubledays on July 11, 2010, he went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, and finished the evening with a walk-off grand slam.

LJ Hoes – 2B

A native of Bowie, Maryland, Hoes was drafted by the Orioles in the third round of the 2008 draft out of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C. He was a First Team All-Met selection by the Washington Post three years in a row (2006-08). Originally, Hoes signed to play his college ball at the University of North Carolina but opted to sign with the Orioles following his third round selection by his hometown team. He also played for the USA Junior National Team while in high school.

After spending his first professional season in the Gulf Coast League, Hoes was in Delmarva for the entire 2009 campaign. Over 119 games, the Bowie, MD native hit .260 with 19 doubles and 47 RBI. Last year, Hoes spent the majority of the season in Frederick. Despite missing over a month of the season due to mononucleosis, Hoes set new career highs in batting average (.290), home runs (4), RBI (50), and doubles (24). Hoes finished fifth in the Carolina League with a .375 on-base percentage.

Hoes is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the Orioles organization entering the 2011 season according to Baseball America. He was considered as the #21 prospect in the system prior to 2010.

Did You Know?

Hoes was called up to the Bowie Baysox to play in a three-game series in Akron, Ohio last year. From July 26-28, he went 2-for-9 with a RBI with the Baysox.

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