Crichton Makes MLB Debut

Former Relief Pitcher Becomes 153rd Key to Majors

By Frederick Keys | April 17, 2017 2:16 PM ET

FREDERICK, MD -On Sunday afternoon, former Frederick Keys pitcher, Stefan Crichton, made his Major League debut for the Baltimore Orioles. In the process, he became the 153rd former Key to reach the Major Leagues and the first to do in 2017.

Coming on for Dylan Bundy in the seventh inning against Toronto, Crichton tossed 1.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out two and did not walk a batter in a no-decision. Capping off a whirlwind week for Crichton, the right-hander had his contract selected by the Orioles last Thursday, but was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday. He was recalled on Sunday after Zach Britton was placed on the disabled list with a left forearm strain.

A member of the Keys in 2015, Crichton posted a 4.05 ERA and two saves after being promoted from Low-A Delmarva in August. He went 2-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 48 games (four starts) at Double-A Bowie last season and concluded the year by pitching in the Arizona Fall League.

In 2016, eight former Keys made their Major League debuts. This group included: Ty Kelly, Ashur Tolliver, Ariel Miranda, Steven Brault, Donnie Hart, Parker Bridwell, Eddie Gamboa and Trey Mancini.

The Keys begin a three-game series with the Winston-Salem Dash on Monday night at BB&T Ballpark. Left-hander Keegan Akin (0-1, 14.29) makes the start for the Keys against Dash right-hander Zach Thompson (0-1, 4.50). First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and the broadcast can be heard on 1450 AM The Source, and the TuneIn Radio App. The team returns to Nymeo Field on Thursday, April 20 when the Salem Red Sox come to town. For tickets, fans can call the box office at 301-815-9939 or visit 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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