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O’s draft review, part three

The Carolina League all-star break ends tomorrow and for Keys players, their break ended this afternoon. The team is back at Harry Grove Stadium for a late afternoon workout as they prepare for the start of the second half of the season.

The Keys’ second half begins tomorrow at 7 p.m. against Myrtle Beach at Harry Grove Stadium. But before we get back to focusing on this year’s team, let’s continue to look at likely future Keys with part three (picks 21-30) of our Orioles draft review. (Click for parts one and two.)

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*Orioles draft review, part three

  • Nicky Cunningham, RHP (Rd. 20, 609th Overall)- This 6-foot-2 righty from Arizona has a fastball that is consistent in the high 80s. He compliments it with a very nice slider has well and a decent change-up.  His freshman year he posted a 4.29 ERA in 35 appearances but only made 29 appearances in the following three seasons. He had a 5.72 ERA in 28 innings his senior year.
  • Levi Scott, 1B (Rd. 21, 639th Overall)- This past season at Howard College, Scott posted a .359 average, hit four homers, drove in 27 runs and scored 27 runs as well. The 6-foot-3 first baseman also did some pitching in high school and college, but his stuff is not good enough for the majors so the Orioles are looking to mold him into an infielder.
  • Jon Keller, RHP (Rd. 22, 669th Overall)- Keller helped the Tampa Spartans reach the D-II College World Series his junior season. That year he went 4-3 with a 4.19 ERA.  He did not give up a home run in 54 innings.  His 6-foot-5 stature allows him to create heat off of the mound pitching consistently between 90-94 MPH.  His secondary stuff needs work. He was ranked 295th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
  • Stefan Crichton, RHP (Rd. 23, 699th Overall)- In 2012, Crichton pitched 95 innings for Texas Christian and finished 9-2, struck out 53 and only gave up 36 earned runs. In his three years at TCU, he finished 19-8 with a 3.73 ERA. His fastball sits in the high eighties topping out at 89 MPH.
  • Jared Breen, SS (Rd. 24, 729th Overall)- He started in 63 of 64 games at Belmont his sophomore year. Breen hit .280 with 35 runs scored and 32 RBIs.  In 63 games he had 15 multi-hit games and nine multi RB games.  He the perfect leadoff guy and always finding a way to get on base.
  • Danny Ayers, LHP (Rd. 25, 759th Overall)- Ranked 177th in Baseball America’s Top 500, Ayers has a fast ball that consistently hits 94 MPH and it is paired with an excellent curveball that is in the upper 70s. His fastball has slowed down a little since the scouts first saw him play because he is working on his control and feel for the mound. He is committed to Western Michigan.
  • Layne Bruner, LHP (Rd. 26, 789th Overall)- His fast sits in the mid-80s but scouts are hoping his 6-foot-2, 170 pound build allows some run for growing and strength as he gets older and improves.  This Washington State commit like his composure on the mound and his above average curveball.
  • Donnie Hart, LHP (Rd. 27, 819th Overall)- In 2012, he appeared in 14 games, all out of the bullpen. He had scoreless outings in his first five appearances and eight of his first nine. He finished the year allowing batters to hit only .138 against him. His fastball sits around 86 MPH and throws a very good slider.
  • Robert Tyler, RHP (Rd. 28, 849th Overall)- He consistently throws between 90-93 MPH topping out at 95 MPH from time to time.  His curveball is not the best but he is still a raw player and needs a lot of improvement. Standing at 6-foot-5, he weighs in just under 200 pounds so there is room for improvement. The Georgia commit  has been one called one of the best pitchers in Georgia this past season leading his high school to their deepest playoff run in fifty years.
  • Conor Bierfeldt, OF (Rd. 29, 879th Overall)- Senior Co Captain Conor Biereldt was named 3rd Team All American while playing at Western Connecticut State University.  He batted .396 that season with 16 doubles, 9 home runs and 54 RBIs.

*In other Orioles draft news, the Birds have come to agreements with some of their top picks. First rounder Josh Hart has been signed, according to reports, including MASN’s Steve Melewski.

Our report on Hart, from part one of the draft review:

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

The Orioles announced the signing of second-round pick Chance Sisco today. From part one of the draft review:

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

And Jim Callis, executive editor of Baseball America, on Sisco, in 140 characters or less:

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

The O’s first pick, Hunter Harvey is close to a deal as well, according to Melewski.

*Sgt. Slaughter will be at The Grove tomorrow for Fredneck night. Get your tickets here. A taste of tomorrow night’s festivities:

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Shake your Keys.

All-Star Break blog: An overview of Baltimore’s 2013 draft, part one

Happy Carolina League All-Star break, everyone. The Keys start the second half of their season Friday night at home against Myrtle Beach. Over the next four days we’ll get into several different things on the blog — MLB draft overlook, Keys first-half wrap up, best moments of the first-half, maybe some first-half awards — including our intern Jeff Kurkjian’s overview of the Orioles draft picks. (And, yes, he is the son of that baseball-famous Kurkjian.)

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*Orioles draft overview, part one

The O’s picked 41 players in this year’s first-year player draft, 14 high schoolers and 27 college players, a lot of whom will don the Keys jersey in the next several seasons. A look at Baltimore’s first 10 picks:

  • Hunter Harvey, RHP (Rd. 1, 22nd Overall)- The first pick chosen by the Orioles was ranked 33rd according to Baseball America’s Top 500 draft prospects.  The son of former major league closer, Bryan Harvey, this six-foot-three pitcher from Catawba, NC, has a quick fastball (90-94 mph) but a breaking ball that needs improving.
  • Josh Hart, OF (Rd. 1, 36th Overall)- Ranked 57th according to Baseball America’s Top 500, Hart is known for his ability to find the gaps in the field.  Not much of a power hitter, many scouts do not agree with his lack of lower body in his swing but nonetheless, he could be an excellent leadoff hitter.  The Georgia Tech signee’s speed not only helps on the bases but also defensively in the outfield as well.
  • Chance Sisco, C (Rd. 2, 61st Overall)- This former shortstop is new to catching but seems like it could be the right fit for him.  Sisco has shown a sub-2.0-second pop time though his accuracy was not the best. He was ranked 151st according to Baseball America’s Top 500. His sheer athleticism is shown in his soft hands behind the plate and ability to play in the field as well. This left-handed hitter has power but has a slight tendency to drift at the plate.
  • Stephen Tapley, LHP (Rd. 3, 98th Overall)- Ranked 123rd in Baseball America’s Top 500, Tarpley was drafted in the eighth round by the Cleveland Indians last year but decided to attend Southern Carolina instead.  This lefty has a fastball that tops at 92 mph (usually 88-90 mph) and also throws a curveball, slider and changeup.
  • Jonah Heim, C (Rd. 4, 129th Overall)- Ranked 170th in Baseball America’s Top 500, this six-foot-five catcher Amherst Central High School in New York is a switch hitting power hitter.  He has to work on the quickness of his feet and his approach from the right side of the plate.  He is currently committed to Michigan State.
  • Travis Seabrooke, LHP (Rd. 5, 159th Overall)- This six-foot-five lefty is one of the youngest players in the draft this year; he will be eighteen in September.  His fastball is in the high eighties but needs to work on his secondary pitches. He is committed to Boston College.
  • Alex Murphy, C (Rd. 6, 189th Overall)- Murphy graduated from Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland this year and is committed to Wake Forest. He was born in Monrovia, MD and has grown up a Baltimore Orioles fan. Murphy was drafted as a catcher, but it does not seem like he will stay there for long. He is an experienced third baseman and his speed allows to play anywhere in the outfield as well.
  • Drew Dosch, 3B (Rd. 7, 219th Overall)- Ranked 131st in Baseball America’s Top 500, Dosch played for Youngstown State but shined in the Cape Cod League batting .326 with 21 extra-base hits in 44 games.  He does not seem fit to be able to play third base in majors because he is unable throw from multiple angles. If he moves to LF or 1B, he will need to produce more power from those positions.
  • Trey Mancini, 1B (Rd. 8, 249th Overall)- He simply has raw power in the batter’s box. Mancini, a left-handed first baseman but right-handed batter, has improved his strike zone discipline at Notre Dame but still has below-average speed.  The Orioles are really investing in his bat but and his size, standing set six-foot-five inches and weighing in at 205 pounds. He was ranked 230th in Baseball America’s Top 500.
  • Mitch Horacek, LHP (Rd. 9, 279th Overall)- Unranked in Baseball America’s Top 500, this Dartmouth starter went 6-2, 2.20 with 42 strikeouts and only ten walks in 45 innings. He has a fastball in the low 90′s topping out at 92 with pretty good secondary pitches and has a lot of durability on the mound.

*Believe it or not, we’re halfway through the Carolina League season. The Keys wrapped up their first half with an 9-8 loss to Potomac Sunday afternoon in front a big Father’s day crowd of 7,618 The Grove.

Read what happened here and listen to our highlight of the game below:

Jerome Pena gets his sixth straight hit dating back to Saturday, a 2-run homer

The weekend didn’t treat the Keys particularly well, losing three of four, but it was a great weekend for attendance. The Grove hosted 25,165 folks Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the biggest weekend for the Keys in nine years. Saturday’s crowd of 9,294 was the biggest of the year. The view from center field:

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*It was certainly a crazy weekend at the stadium. You could say things have calmed down today. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look of The Grove on day one of the break in six seconds:

*2008 Key Jake Arrieta’s getting another look with the O’s tonight, starting their game against the Tigers. Here’s a look at Arrieta from the Baltimore Sun.

*When the Keys start the second half of the season Friday night at The Grove against Myrtle Beach, Sgt. Slaughter will be here for our annual Fredneck Night. Get your tickets and get excited.

How does a Slaughter Cannon sound to you?!?!:

Shake your Keys.

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