FREDERICK, MD-Last Wednesday, John Means became the 165th former Frederick Keys player to reach the Major Leagues when he pitched against the Boston Red Sox. One of a large group of Keys alums to play for the O's this season, Means joined Ryan Meisinger , Steve Wilkerson , Austin Wynns , David Hess and D.J. Stewart among those with Frederick ties to make an MLB debut in 2018.
Pitching game one of a doubleheader at Fenway Park, Means, 25, allowed five runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of relief against the Red Sox. The left-hander allowed one homer and struck out four.
Means joined the Orioles after his contract was selected on September 24. During the MiLB regular season, he went a combined 7-9 with a 3.72 ERA between the Triple-A Norfolk Tides and the Double-A Bowie Baysox. In 157.1 innings, he allowed 65 earned runs, walked 32 and struck out 130 in 28 games (26 starts) between the two stops. Of those 26 starts, 15 were quality outings.
Finishing the 2015 season in Frederick, Means returned to the Keys in 2016 before a May call-up to Double-A. Before leaving for the Baysox, Means went 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA, allowing only 10 earned runs and 10 walks in 50 innings.
Originally from Olathe, KS, Means was drafted by Baltimore in the 11th round of the 2014 draft out of West Virginia. Before pitching for the Mountaineers, he played for Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
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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