Opposing pitchers just can't stop Glynn Davis.
The center fielder for High-A Frederick ranks third among qualified players in the Carolina League with a .316 batting average and is seventh in OPS at .826. He has recorded a hit in each of the Keys' last six games.
Signed by the Orioles in 2010, Davis has become a dangerous leadoff hitter this year. The 22-year-old has upped his batting average from .234 last season, but he’s most dangerous when he gets on base. Since 2011, the outfielder has 90 stolen bases, and has been thrown out just 29 times.
Though the Keys have struggled lately, losing six of their last seven, Davis was instrumental in the lone win on May 26. He singled, stole second base and then came home on a double, scoring the first run of what became a six-run outburst in the third inning of a 6-3 triumph.
On Wednesday, Davis sparked Frederick with a leadoff double, coming home a batter later on a single.
Right-hander Gene Escat has emerged as a quality arm in Frederick’s bullpen, amassing a 0.89 ERA in his last 10 games.
The 24-year-old, drafted by the Orioles in the 23rd round in 2012, has been most impressive against left-handed hitters, recording a 3.75 strikeout-to-walk ratio and holding them to a .065 batting average.
Through 25 1/3 innings pitched this season, he hasn’t allowed a home run.
Escat struggled in his last outing, allowing two runs — one earned — in an inning on May 25. But he has been nearly unhittable in most appearances, including three outings of three scoreless innings or more.
Branden Kline update
Right-hander Branden Kline has struggled lately, surrendering four or more runs in three of his last four starts.
Kline, the Orioles’ second-round pick in 2012, pitched well on May 23, giving up one run and striking out six over seven innings. But he allowed 10 hits, including a pair of home runs, in seven innings on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old is now 3-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 11 starts.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun