FREDERICK, MD-Former Frederick Keys reliever, Ryan Meisinger , made his Major League debut on Friday night for the Baltimore Orioles. In the process, he becomes the 163rd former Keys player to reach the Major Leagues. The fourth player with Frederick ties to reach the MLB this year, Meisinger joins Steve Wilkerson , Austin Wynns and David Hess .
After having his contract selected by the Orioles on Friday, Meisinger, 24, made his appearance later that day against the Los Angeles Angels. Over 1.2 innings, the right-hander allowed one run on two hits to go with one strikeout. Before joining the Orioles, Meisinger pitched in 15 games with the Triple-A Norfolk Tides going 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA (22 IP/5ER). He held opponents to a .198 average (16-for-81).
A member of the Keys in 2016, Meisinger joined Frederick that June following a dominant first half with the Low-A Delmarva Shorebirds where he went 3-2 with a 0.78 ERA in 16 games. With Frederick, the former Radford product went 3-2 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 games. Over 40 innings, he allowed only 34 hits, walked 12 and struck out 46.
Meisinger was selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2015 draft out of Radford. The right-hander was born in Prince Frederick, MD.
The Keys continue their four-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Zac Lowther (3-0, 0.71) starts for Frederick and will be opposed by Lynchburg left-hander Tanner Tully (2-8, 5.06). First pitch is at 2:00 p.m and the broadcast can be heard on frederickkeys.com and the TuneIn App. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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