Delmonico has career day for Keys

Baltimore's No. 5 prospect collects four hits, clutch homer

By Jake Seiner / Special to | June 4, 2013 10:05 PM ET

When he can stay on the field, Class a Advanced Frederick's Nicky Delmonico is proving he can do some impressive things with the bat.

Baltimore's No. 5 prospect showcased that Tuesday, belting a clutch homer as part of his first four-hit game as a professional in a 7-6 win over Lynchburg.

The 2011 sixth-round Draft pick homered to lead off the bottom of the 10th inning, closing Lynchburg's lead to 6-5. Zane Chavez followed with a two-run walk-off homer three batters later.

Delmonico, an infield prospect from Knoxville, Tenn., has dominated the Carolina League this season. In 26 games, he's hitting .313 with eight home runs, 22 RBIs and a 1.045 OPS. The 20-year-old is on pace to far exceed the 11 home runs he hit in 2012 in the Class A South Atlantic League.

He was an All-Star in the Sally League in 2012, and he was hitting .249 with a .762 OPS before suffering a slight tear in his left knee knocked him out for the remainder of the season.

Delmonico started strong this season, hitting .314 with a pair of home runs over his first nine games before heading to the disabled list with a concussion.

He missed nearly a month of game action and returned on May 12. He resumed his sweet-swinging ways, hitting safely in each of his first six games back and posting a .345 average in eight games before again being sidelined after fouling a ball of his foot on May 21.

Delmonico returned May 27 and has hit three homers in the seven games since. He matched a career high with four runs in Tuesday's outing.

The third baseman doubled in his first at-bat, driving Jarrett Miller's pitch to left field with one out in the first inning. He added singles in the third and fifth, scoring a run after the latter hit when Christian Walker singled to center, then lined out to center in the seventh.

In the top of the 10th, Atlanta's No. 7 prospect Matt Lipka ripped a two-run homer to left-center.

Then Delmonico began the Keys' rally with a solo shot to right-center field off John Cornely. After Michael Ohlman singled, Chavez mashed his homer to right for the win.

Walker and John Ruettiger also homered for Frederick. Walker finished with two hits and three RBIs.

Lipka finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs and Kyle Kubitza had three hits, including a homer, and scored twice.

Jake Seiner is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter at @Jake_Seiner. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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