McKenna and Lee Off to Strong Starts in AFL Play

Former Keys Left-hander Throws Four Scoreless Innings

By Frederick Keys | October 23, 2018 12:39 PM

The 2018 Minor League Baseball season might be over, but plenty of former Frederick Keys are taking part in the Arizona Fall League and other winter leagues in Venezuela, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Each week we will provide updates on these players as we begin the countdown to the 2019 season.

 

Arizona Fall League

 

Offensively, Ryan McKenna is slashing .296/.387/.593 to go with a .980 OPS in his first seven games for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Five of his eight hits have been for extra-bases (three triples, two doubles) while he has driven in four runs and scored six more. Through two weeks of action in the AFL, the former Keys All-Star leads the league in three-baggers, is tied for the circuit lead in extra-base hits and is fifth in slugging percentage.

 

Chris Lee saw only limited action in the 2018 regular season due to injury, but has thrown six scoreless innings over two starts for Glendale. He has allowed three hits, walked four and struck out six while limiting opponents to a .167 average (3-for-18). Lee's most recent start came last Wednesday at Scottsdale, with the left-hander tossing four scoreless innings of two-hit baseball. He walked one and struck out four. On Tuesday afternoon, Lee is slated to make his third start against Peoria.

 

Another Keys all-star in 2018, Tyler Erwin has gone 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four relief outings for the Desert Dogs. After converting only one pro save in his first two seasons, the left-hander posted 18 this season to finish second in the CL and also led all Orioles minor leaguers in that category.  

Dominican Winter League

 

Although not a member of the Keys since 2012, Garabez Rosa has established himself as one of the most consistent members of the Orioles farm system. Playing 127 games for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides this year, Rosa slashed .277/.297/.391 while hitting 11 home runs, 56 RBIs and 22 doubles in 127 games.

 

Currently playing for los Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, Rosa ranks seventh in the league in hitting (.321) with a pair of doubles and four RBIs in seven games. Aderlin Rodriguez , a 2016 Keys alum, is one of Rosa's teammates.

 

The Frederick Keys will host the Carolina League All-Star Game in 2019. Next season's schedule is available by clicking here, while fans can buy/renew ticket plans for the 2019 season by calling 301-815-9900. For more details about the 2019 season, fans can visit frederickkeys.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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