FREDERICK, MD -Over the course of the last week and change, the ranks of former Frederick Keys to the Majors has grown by two. A member of this year's Keys team, Austin Hays , made his MLB debut on September 7, while former catcher, Chance Sisco , played in his first game on September 2.
Hays, 22, becomes the first Frederick player to play with the Keys and the Baltimore Orioles in the same year since Dylan Bundy accomplished the feat in 2012. In two games with Baltimore, the former Jacksonville star is 0-for-3 at the plate while seeing time in rightfield. His first Major League start came on Saturday in Cleveland.
In 128 combined games between the Keys and Double-A Bowie Baysox, Hays batted .329/.365/.593 with 32 home runs, 95 RBIs, five triples, 32 doubles and 81 runs scored. He finished the regular season as the MiLB leader in total bases (310), second in extra-base hits (69) tied for second in home runs and tied for ninth in RBIs. With the Keys, Hays was named a midseason all-star. At the time of his promotion to Double-A he led the Carolina League in total bases and hits.
Sisco, 22, has appeared in three games with the Orioles, but has received only one at-bat (a strikeout on Friday night). The former Key had his contract selected by the Orioles from Triple-A Norfolk on September 1. A midseason all-star with the Baysox, as well as a member of Team USA in this year's Futures Game, Sisco hit .267/.340/.395 with seven homers, 47 RBIs and 23 doubles.
A member of the Keys in 2015, the California native played in 75 games with the Keys in 2015, hitting .308 with four homers and 26 RBIs. Promoted to Bowie that season, he was a member of that year's Eastern League Championship team.
With the debuts of Hays and Sisco, 158 former Keys have now reached the Major Leagues. Others to make their debuts this year include Nicky Delmonico , Jimmy Yacabonis , Stefan Crichton and Michael Ohlman.
Preparations are already underway for the 2018 Frederick Keys baseball season. A schedule will be announced at a later date. To stay on top of all offseason Keys news, fans can visit frederickkeys.com.
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