FREDERICK, MD-After being named the Orioles Minor League Player of the Month for May, Ryan McKenna was recognized as the Carolina League Player of the Week for May 28-June 3. He becomes the second Keys player to earn a weekly accolade in the last three weeks, joining Wilson Garcia who was named the circuit's player of the week for May 14-20.
In four games, McKenna, 21, posted a slash line of .500/.611/.929. Going 7-for-14 at the plate, the Keys outfielder registered a home run, a triple, a double and RBI, three runs scored and four walks.
Named the Orioles Minor League Player of the Month for May earlier in the day, McKenna hit .397/.470/.586 and produced a 1.056 OPS to go with three homers, 22 RBIs, one triple, 11 doubles and 27 runs scored in 28 games. McKenna's .397 average was fourth-best in the MiLB in May and the top mark in Advanced-A baseball.
Entering the first full week in June, the Keys leadoff man is batting .365/.448/.519 and has 76 hits to go with a .967 OPS. To go with these numbers, McKenna has five home runs, one triple, 15 doubles, 30 RBIs and 46 runs scored. He leads the Carolina League in hitting, hits, on-base percentage and OPS as well as runs scored. Additionally, McKenna 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. Right-hander Ofelky Peralta (1-5, 6.00) starts for the Keys against P-Nats right-hander Tyler Mapes. 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.
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