MYRTLE BEACH, SC -The Frederick Keys are pleased to announce that Keys outfielders Michael Burgess and Glynn Davis have been promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. Both players received word of their promotions following Monday's series finale against Winston-Salem. Burgess, 25 and Davis, 22, become the third and fourth members of the Keys to advance to Double-A in 2014 joining fellow Keys teammates Mychal Givens and Mike Yastrzemski. Sammie Starr was called up to Triple-A Norfolk on June 27 and later transferred to Bowie, while Zane Chavez and Ashur Tolliver have moved back and forth between Frederick and Bowie after both started the year with the Baysox.
Monday's promotion marks a return to Double-A for Burgess, who spent 2012 with the Cubs Double-A affiliate in Tennessee and 2013 with the Astros club in Corpus Christi. One of the Carolina League's top offensive threats, Burgess hit .315 over 83 games to go along with 15 home runs, 68 RBIs, 32 doubles and four triples. At the time of his call-up, he placed first in the league in RBIs, doubles, slugging percentage (.579), extra-base hits (51), total bases (186) and intentional walks (four). He was also tied for second in home runs as well as third in batting average and hits (101).
Named the Carolina League "Player of the Month" for June, Burgess torched the opposing pitching during the third month of the season. Over 23 games, he hit .371 with nine homers, three triples, seven doubles and drove in 23 runs, while he led the league in total bases (73), extra-base hits (19) and slugging percentage (.820). The Tampa, Florida native was also named the circuit's "Player of the Week" for the June 9-15.
Davis gets his first crack at Double-A, after spending parts of four seasons with the Keys. A Carolina League mid-season All-Star, Davis hit .295 over 89 games with the orange and black to go along with one homer, 31 RBIs, 21 doubles, four triples and 20 stolen bases. When he received word of his promotion, the Baltimore native was tied for the Carolina League lead in hits (104), was second in runs scored (65) and tied for eighth in batting average (.295).
Following a red-hot April where Davis hit .349 over his first 21 games, the 22-year-old was just as good in July, batting .343 over 17 contests. Rated the 29th overall prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, Davis has also been ranked as the organization's "fastest baserunner" according to the same publication. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by Baltimore in 2010.
Taking the roster spots of Burgess and Davis are Johnny Ruettiger and Chih-Hsien Chang, who join Frederick from Bowie. In 61 games with the Baysox this season, Ruettiger was batting .282 with a triple, six doubles and eight stolen bases. No stranger to the Keys, the former Arizona State product played 106 games with the club last year, batting .246, while he stole 43 bases, the seventh-most by a Keys player all-time.
Signed as a minor league free agent by the Orioles in November 2013, Chiang hit .219 with three home runs and 20 RBIs with Bowie. A player who spent each of his four prior seasons at Double-A or Triple-A, Chiang returns the Carolina League for the first time since 2009, when he was a member of the Salem Red Sox. Originally signed by the Red Sox in 2005 out of Taiwan, Chiang has also spent time with the Mariners and Rangers organizations. He was with the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders (Rangers) in 2013, where he hit .263 over 124 games and led the team in doubles (36) and placed second in hits (125).
The Frederick Keys begin a three-game roadtrip on Tuesday night in Myrtle Beach. Dylan Bundy (0-1, 9.26) gets the start for the Keys and will be opposed by Pelicans lefty Victor Payano (4-7, 5.02). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. from TicketReturn.com Field and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source. Frederick returns to Harry Grove Stadium on Friday, when the Lynchburg Hillcats come to town. For ticket information, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.
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