By Contributing Writer: Chuck Boemmel Jr.
Keegan Akin made his Class-A High debut last night for the Frederick Keys. Akin, the Baltimore Orioles second round draft pick in 2016, is one of three top prospects to go directly to Class-A High from Class-A Short (Cody Sedlock and Austin Hays are the others).
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Akin is currently the Orioles #6 prospect according to MLB Pipeline and is the #5 prospect on BabyBirdland’s Top 15 list.
Akin, a left-hander, was given the honor of starting the Keys season opener last night against the Carolina MudCats (Brewers). Whether it was nerves or the weather in Frederick (43 degrees game-time temperature) the night did not go well from the start. Akin had trouble with his control immediately as he quickly went to a 3 ball no strike count to the leadoff hitter Trent Clark before finally walking him. Akin recovered by striking out Wenton Wilson on 3 pitches and then the wheels came off.
Seven batters later Akin’s night was done; he didn’t make it out of the first inning.
Akin’s line: 0.2 innings, 4 H, 6R (all earned), 3 walks, 2 strike outs
Akin also surrendered 2 home runs in the inning (Luis Alviles and Troy Stokes went back to back).
The Keys did save Akin from being saddled with a loss by scoring 9 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Keys did ultimately lose to the MudCats by a final score of 15 to 11.
It’s obvious that Akin has the talent and potential to be a quality pitcher or the Orioles would not have fast tracked him this year. I think last night will just be a bump in the road to development and am confident Akin will bounce back in his next start.