Frederick Keys 2018 Season in Review
With the 2018 season in the books and with the offseason in full swing… here is a recap of the 2018 season as a whole and also a look ahead into 2019.
Frederick Keys 2018 record: 65-72
It was a rather disappointing season for the team as a whole as the Keys finished with a record below .500 and missed the playoffs, however there were several performances by individual players that deserve recognition.
2018 Most Valuable Hitter: Wilson Garcia
108 games, .295 BA, 23 HR, 70 RBI
-The everyday First Baseman for the Keys this season, Wilson Garcia, started the season in the Phillies minor league system but played most the year on the Keys roster. While he is known for his power this year, his plate discipline and consistency should not go unnoticed. Garcia struck out just 46 times and put together 122 hits. Wilson Garcia, the powerful switch hitter, was definitely a threat to the Keys lineup this year. Assuming he returns to the Baltimore Orioles minor league system, Garcia will look to be a threat in the Bowie Baysox lineup in 2019.
*Honorable Mention: Ryan McKenna, who only played half a season with a Keys but was spectacular in that half season.
2018 Most Valuable Pitcher: Zac Lowther
17 appearances/starts, 2.53 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 92.2 innings pitched
-The 2018 season was a season to remember for Zac Lowther individually. The 2017 draftee, began the year pitching for the Delmarva Shorebirds, the Single A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In just 6 starts at the beginning of the year, Lowther dominated the South Atlantic League and earned a promotion. The promotion to the higher level had minimal effect on Lowther, the left handed starter, as he pitched almost as dominant as before. Going forward, Lowther will likely pitch in Bowie for the 2019 season, as it will be his biggest test so far.
A look ahead to the 2019 season:
While the 2018 season was a bit of a disappointment season for the team as a whole, there is still much to look forward to in 2019. Next year will be a year of change, with a new General Manager, new Assistant General Manager, new Scouting Director, and so many more new executives and coaches in the Orioles organization. Next year, the Orioles should have some of the players from Delmarva, such as DL Hall, Kirvin Moesquit, and Brenan Hanifee. The Shorebirds were a very talented team in 2018, with several pitchers who were dominant the whole year. There is definitely a lot to look forward to for the Keys 2019 season.