FREDERICK, MD-On Monday afternoon, the Baltimore Orioles announced that Frederick Keys outfielder, Ryan McKenna , has been named the organization's Player of the Month for May. He becomes the first Keys player to receive a monthly honor during the 2018 campaign.
In 28 May contests, McKenna, 21, slashed .397/.470/.586 to go with a 1.056 OPS. He posted three homers, 22 RBIs, one triple, 11 doubles and 27 runs scored. The .397 batting average was fourth-best in the MiLB in May and the top figure in Advanced-A baseball. The 27 runs scored were also best at the Advanced-A level.
The Maine native also hit safely in 12 games from May 11-24. During this time, he batted .463 to go with two home runs, six doubles and 14 RBIs to go with a .500 on-base percentage. The streak is tied for fourth-longest in the Carolina League this year.
McKenna enters Monday batting .365/.448/.519 to go with a .967 OPS. Tallying 76 hits, he has five home runs, one triple, 15 doubles, 30 RBIs and 46 runs scored. The Keys leadoff man paces the Carolina League in batting average, hits, on-base percentage, runs scored and OPS. He ranks second in doubles, slugging percentage and total bases.
In his first Carolina League season, McKenna was selected by the Orioles in the fourth round of the 2015 Draft out of St. Thomas Aquinas (NH) High School. He was committed to play at Liberty University before signing with Baltimore.
Following a Monday off-day, the Keys will begin a six-game roadtrip on Tuesday with the team making stops in Potomac and Wilmington. The Keys and Nationals get underway at 7:05 from Pfitzner Stadium and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn radio app.
The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Monday, June 11 when the Lynchburg Hillcats and Down East Wood Ducks come to town for the final first half homestand. Highlights include two shows of the Cowboy Monkey Rodeo, Father's Day and a pair of fireworks shows. For tickets fans can call the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
For additional information about upcoming homestands, fans can contact the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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