Baltimore Orioles: Seven Frederick Keys Named To All-Star Team
The Carolina League All-Star teams were named on Tuesday. The Frederick Keys have seven All-Stars, bringing the total number of minor league All-Stars to 15 for the Baltimore Orioles.
The 2019 Carolina League All-Star game will be played on Tuesday, June 18th at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium the home of the Baltimore Orioles Advanced-A affiliate, the Frederick Keys. The players who will appear in the game were announced today.
The Keys will be well-represented as seven of their players were named to the Carolina League North Division All-Star team. The seven representatives are the most of any North Division team.
RHP Cody Sedlock, RHP Michael Baumann, RHP David Lebron, RHP Steven Klimek, 3B Willy Yahn, LF Zach Jarrett and CF Cole Billingsley were all named to the Carolina League All-Star Classic.
Baumann leads the quartet of Keys pitchers going to the game with a 4-1 record and 1.21 ERA over 15 appearances. Sedlock is 3-1 with a 1.44 ERA, one complete game and one shutout over eight starts, while Lebron is 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA in 10 appearances (seven starts). Baumann rounds out the All-Star hurlers with his 1-4 record and 3.86 ERA over 10 starts.
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Sedlock is one of seven Carolina League pitchers to throw a complete game and one of only two league pitchers to hurl a shutout in 2019. Baumann is tied for the league lead in strikeouts with 73. Additionally, Baumann’s 1.18 WHIP is tied for fourth in the league.
The all-star hitters are performing just as well as the pitchers. Billingsley has a slash line of .339/ .412/ .413 with 19 runs scored and nine extra-base hits. Jarrett is hitting .281/ .349/ .437 with 23 runs scored and 14 RBIs. Yahn, who I highlighted two weeks ago, is still an offensive catalyst with a slash line of .293/ .315/ .440 with 20 runs scored, five home runs, and 32 RBI.
Yahn’s batting average is good for 12th in the Carolina League while his slugging percentage is good for 11th place.
In addition to the seven All-Stars, Keys’ manager Ryan Minor will lead the Carolina League North All-Star team and will be assisted by Keys’ pitching coach, Justin Lord, batting coach Bobby Rose and development coach Adam Bleday.
The Keys last hosted the All-Star game in 2005 so Tuesday night’s event is sure to be a memorable and fun-filled evening. It will be especially nice to see the seven Keys in the spotlight.
The full list of Carolina League All-Stars can be found here.