Four Frederick Keys Named Carolina League All-Stars, Three Will Start For North Division

The Baltimore Orioles and Frederick Keys will be well represented at the annual Carolina League All-Star Game this year as four Keys have been named to represent the North Division. Outfielders Austin Hays and Randolph Gassaway, shortstop Ryan Mountcastle and right-handed reliever Tanner Chleborad have all been selected.

OF Austin Hays
Photo: Patrick Cavey

The three position players will all be in the starting lineup for the North Division as Mountcastle will start at DH, while both Gassaway and Hays will start in the outfield.

Mountcastle has been extremely consistent at the plate in 2017 for the Keys. The 20-year old is hitting .321 with 12 home runs, 23 doubles, 40 RBI and has scored 46 runs through 62 games. He is fourth in the Carolina League in batting average, while leading the league in doubles and hits. He also ranks second in total bases.

Gassaway, 22, is also having a stellar season at the plate for Frederick. The 2013 16th round selection is hitting .304 with two homers, 10 doubles, 31 RBI and has scored 30 runs in 51 games for the Keys. His great play this year earned him a promotion to AA Bowie for nine games back in May.

Hays, 21, is playing in his first full season of professional baseball and despite skipping Low-A Delmarva, it has not slowed him down one bit at the plate. The 2016 third round selection is hitting .322 with 13 home runs, 12 doubles, three triples, 34 RBI and has scored 37 runs. He currently ranks second in the Carolina League in home runs and third in hits, total bases and batting average.

Chleborad, 24, is the lone Keys' pitcher to make the squad and has done so as a reliever. Over 18 games and 26.2 innings pitched, the 2014 16th round selection owns a 2.70 ERA and has struck out 25.

Entering the season, I thought the Keys may end up with anywhere from 2-4 pitchers on the All-Star team due to the talent they possessed in their starting rotation, but thus far the starters have been very inconsistent and have struggled mightily. Hopefully the starting rotation can turn things around, especially when you consider the fact that two of the Orioles' top pitching prospects (Cody Sedlock and Keegan Akin) are members of said rotation.

Congratulations to Ryan, Randolph, Austin and Tanner on well deserved All-Star nods.


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