The Major League Baseball playoffs are officially underway and Frederick Keys fans will be seeing a variety of familiar faces. Seven former Keys players are expected to suit up this postseason, while one other rehabbed for the orange and black.
Most notably, Manny Machado plays for the NL West champion, Los Angeles Dodgers who face-off against the Atlanta Braves in one National League Division Series. Dealt by the Orioles during the trade deadline this year, Machado slashed .273/.338/.487 after joining Los Angeles to go with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs, two triples and 14 doubles. He added an .825 OPS. A four-time all-star (including this season), Machado shoots for his first title since winning a Mills Cup Championship with the Keys in 2011.
Machado's Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves, a group that contains two former Keys and one other rehabber. After nine years in Baltimore, Nick Markakis is in his fourth season with the Braves and has produced a career season. Named a National League All-Star for the first time, Markakis played in all 162 games for Atlanta and batted .297/.366/.440 to go with 14 home runs, 93 RBIs, two triples, 43 doubles and 78 runs scored. The former Keys outfielder was MVP of the 2005 Carolina League-California League All-Star Game, before joining the Orioles one year later.
Braves teammates Kevin Gausman and Ryan Flaherty also have Frederick ties. After posting a 4.43 ERA in 21 starts with the Orioles this season, Gausman was revitalized following a trade to Atlanta. In 10 starts, the former LSU Tiger went 5-3 with a 2.87 ERA and held opponents to a .227 batting average. This included a stellar August, where Gausman tallied a 1.69 ERA and held opponents to a .184 batting average against. He originally was a member of the Keys in 2012 before returning in 2015 and 2016 on rehab assignments. Flaherty also spent time rehabbing in Frederick during the 2013 and 2017 seasons.
Milwaukee figures to have multiple Keys on its playoff roster as well. Zach Davies missed a good chunk of the regular season due to right rotator cuff inflammation and logged only 66 innings for the Brewers. Going 2-7 with a 4.77 ERA in 13 starts, the right-hander posted a 3.91 ERA in five September starts. After a trade to the Brewers on July 31, Jonathan Schoop also scuffled, slashing only .202/.246/.331 with a .577 OPS in 46 games. Schoop played for the 2011 Keys and was double play partners with Machado.
In the AL East, Boston and New York feature former Keys Zach Britton and Eduardo Rodriguez . A key piece of the Yankees tough bullpen, Britton went 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in 25 games for the Yankees and posted three saves while finishing 10 games. Dealing with a right Achilles injury earlier in the season, Britton pitched once for Frederick in Wilmington and struck out the side. He also rehabbed for the Keys in 2017 and won Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors during in 2009 during his journey to the Majors.
Rodriguez was a midseason all-star in 2013 and was eventually traded to the Red Sox in July of 2014 for Andrew Miller. Making 27 appearances (23 starts) with the Red Sox this year, Rodriguez finished 13-5 with a 3.82 ERA. He held opponents to a .238 average and struck out 146 batters in 129.2 innings.
The Frederick Keys 2019 schedule is available by clicking here, while fans can buy/renew ticket plans for the 2019 season by calling 301-815-9900. For more information about next year's all-star game as well as more details about the 2019 regular season fans can visit frederickkeys.com.
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