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Machado has huge offensive night in first rehab start at Frederick

Posted on 26 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Baltimore Orioles 3B Manny Machado went 3-4 with two doubles, a triple and two runs scored for the Frederick Keys in his first rehab appearance Friday.

Machado received his first organized at-bats since his 2013 season ended abruptly due to a knee injury.

The All-Star worked as the Single A (Carolina League)’s Designated Hitter in a 5-3 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. The Birds had hoped to have him play in the field Friday night but rainy conditions at Harry Grove Stadium scrapped those plans.

The team’s former first round pick was pleased with the work he got in his first outing but realized it did not put him on the fast track to a return to the major leagues. Here is what Machado told MLB.com after the game Friday night…

“I feel good at the plate. I feel good overall, running the bases, which is the most important thing.”

“First game under the lights, first game in front of a big crowd like this, so it’s definitely a big obstacle we’ve crossed and hopped over. So hopefully we can continue it, and as soon as possible get back out there.”

“If I would have hit four home runs, I’m not going to go tomorrow and play in the big leagues. It’s not how it works. I wish it was that easy. But this is just a process. It’s not how many hits I get or how many plays I make. It’s more getting a feel for it, playing nine innings, being on your feet for the whole game. There’s a lot of things that come into play before just having a good game.”

MLB.com also reported Machado is expected to play nine innings at third base for the Keys Saturday and will stay with the team through Sunday before being re-evaluated. The next step would likely see Machado joining the Orioles’ AA (Bowie) or AAA (Norfolk) affiliate to make final preparations for his 2014 big league debut.

Machado had been playing in extended Spring Training games in Sarasota for roughly the past week.

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Bundy allows first pro earned runs but wins Frederick debut

Posted on 27 May 2012 by WNST Staff

FREDERICK, MD – In front of an over-capacity crowd of 9,833 fans at Harry Grove Stadium, the Keys won 5-3 over the Salem Red Sox in Dylan Bundy’s highly anticipated debut with the Frederick Keys.

Dylan Bundy earned the win after going five innings and allowing two runs on six hits and also collecting six strikeouts and no walks.

The 19-year old, who had a 0.00 ERA in Delmarva through 30 innings, gave up the first earned runs of his professional career when Travis Shaw of Salem hit a two-run homerun over the right-center field wall.

Yet that was his lone blemish as he held the league’s best hitting team to two earned runs through five innings of work.

The performance from Bundy helps pushes the Keys to 17-27 on the year while Salem slips to 26-19.

After the Keys took a 1-0 lead in the second on a sacrifice fly from Michael Mosby, that’s when Salem struck with Shaw’s two-run homerun off of Bundy to take a 2-1 lead.

It wouldn’t last long as Kipp Schutz connected on a pitch in the very next inning for a solo homerun – his first of the year – to tie the score at two.

Later in the inning, after Bobby Stevens singled and Michael Rooney drew a big two-out walk, Trent Mummey hit a two-RBI double to give the Keys the lead right back at 4-2.

Getting an insurance run from a Jeremy Nowak single to make it 5-2 in the seventh, the Keys’ bullpen held strong, allowing just one run in a combined four innings of work.

The Keys will try and win the rubber match against Salem tomorrow at 6 PM for Girls Night Out when RHP Kyle Simon (1-6, 4.40 ERA) goes against RHP Miguel Celestino (2-1, 3.46 ERA).

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High-A Frederick next test for Orioles prospect Bundy

Posted on 23 May 2012 by WNST Staff

It was only a matter of time until 2011 Orioles first-round pick Dylan Bundy found himself moving up the levels of Baltimore’s minor league sytem with the success and dominance he has been having.

Dylan Bundy

The Orioles announced Wednesday that Bundy would be moving up from the Delmarva Shoebirds to the Frederick Keys, the “high-A” class of the Orioles’ minor leagues.

He will make his first start for Frederick Saturday against Salem, the Keys announced.

In 30 innings of work for Delmarva, Bundy-the fourth overall pick out of Owasso High School-registered 40 strikeouts while only allowing five hits, two walks, and two unearned runs.

If Bundy’s success were to continue, he could find himself moving up another level to the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate in Bowie, or maybe a major league call-up in September.

 

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Orioles top prospect Machado makes Frederick debut with bang

Posted on 23 June 2011 by Luke Jones

FREDERICK, Md. — With the Orioles wallowing in last place on the heels of a 3-6 road trip, I took the trip west on I-70 to take a peek at the newly-promoted Manny Machado in his Frederick Keys debut on Thursday night.

The 18-year-old shortstop didn’t disappoint.

In his second at-bat in high Single-A baseball, the Orioles’ top minor league prospect homered deep over the left-field wall to highlight a 1 for 4 night as the Keys fell to Winston-Salem, 2-1.

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The unreasonable comparisons to Alex Rodriguez have been made since before Machado was taken with the third overall pick 12 months ago, but the Miami native looked a lot like the current Yankees third baseman as the majestic drive didn’t even spark a movement from left fielder Nick Ciolli, who watched it sail far over the wall with everyone else.

“I was just trying to be patient and trying to get a pitch to drive,” Machado said. “[Winston-Salem starter Cameron Bayne] gave me a fastball, and I put a little hop into it.”

Despite being the youngest player in the Carolina League, Machado showed the same patience at the plate he displayed when walking 23 times in 145 at-bats in Delmarva. His third-inning shot came on a 2-1 fastball from Dash starter Cameron Bayne.

“He’s got a pretty good idea at the plate,” Frederick manager Orlando Gomez said. “For a young player, he has a plan. He goes to home plate, he has a plan. He likes to look for certain pitches, situations, everything. That’s why he’s No. 1.”

Machado has struggled to regain his timing since missing a month with a left knee injury while with the Shorebirds. In 13 games this month, the young shortstop was hitting just .182 before going to the South Atlantic League All-Star game earlier this week.

The 2010 first-round pick was hitting .276 overall with six home runs, 24 runs batted in, and a .376 on-base percentage with the Shorebirds at the time of the promotion.

“I’ve struggled a little bit the last couple weeks, but I feel my swing getting back,” Machado said. “Hopefully, I can continue my progress up here and continue hitting.”

Defensively, Machado showed a strong throwing arm on a couple routine grounders, but was otherwise unchallenged by the Winston-Salem hitters. Many have speculated whether the 6-foot-2 infielder will eventually slide over to third base because of his size, but he’s looked relatively smooth in his limited minor league experience.

Machado joins fellow Keys infielder Jonathan Schoop, who is climbing up the prospect watch list with a combined .313 average for Delmarva and Frederick that includes eight homers, 41 RBI, and a .487 slugging percentage entering Thursday. Projected to eventually be a third baseman, the 19-year-old Schoop started at second base and was 1 for 4 with a single.

In a bit of good news for an organization short on positional talent in the minor leagues, Machado and Schoop were selected to represent the Orioles in the 2011 Futures Game in Phoenix as part of the All-Star Game festivities on July 10. The two join the likes of current Orioles Zach Britton, Brian Matusz, and Chris Tillman to participate in the game.

“I was hoping to get the call,” Machado said. “That was one of my goals this year. I’m pretty happy about that. I’m excited.”

At just 18 years old and already playing in Frederick, it’s clear Machado isn’t the only one excited.

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O’s Minor League Rosters are set

Posted on 08 April 2009 by Jason Jubb

The Orioles minor league affiliates have put out there rosters and here are a few things of note:

– I though Chris Tillman could have used a little more seasoning at AA but he is with the AAA Tides. Control seems to be an issue and I fear he may struggle a bit at the start of the season.

– As expected, Brad Bergeson will get the 1st start for the Tides and be their “#1 starter”.

– Jeff Fiorentino is back with the Baysox. He’s no longer a prospect but it’s interesting to see him again.

– Troy Patton starts at AA in order to get an opportunity to pitch. He is probably ready for AAA, but his injury last year and the good problem of too many arms at AAA has forced the move.

– Despite going 12-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 145 IP at Bowie last year, Jason Berken starts back at AA Bowie as well.

– As expected Jake Arrieta will start at AA Bowie. Make it a point to see him there while you can.

– Last years #1 pick Brian Matusz will start at high A Frederick.

– Meanwhile, our #1 from 2006, Billy Rowell will start at Frederick after playing there last year.

– Top prospects from the 2008 draft Jerome Hoes and Xavier Avery will start at low A Delmarva.

Norfolk Tides
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=568&stn=true&sid=t568

Bowie Baysox
http://www.baysox.com/players/roster/

Frederick Keys
http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/sports/display.htm?StoryID=88652

Delmarva Shorebirds
http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?t=t_ros&cid=548&stn=true&sid=t548

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Ballpark thought

Posted on 24 April 2007 by caseywillett

Jaret Wright and Ramon Hernandez are headed to Frederick where they will be the battery for the Keys tomorrow. Ramon will DH on Wednesday and hopefully return to the team the following day.

Nick Swisher was walking around sporting a Tom Cruise The Last Samurai hair style during batting practice today, slicked back hair, pony tail and beard.

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