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The Orioles' youth movement is in full effect with the Single-A Frederick Keys, and manager Richie Hebner isn't shy with his predictions about the future.

"You've got some kids here who have a good chance at playing at Camden Yards in the next two or three years," Hebner said during the team's media day Tuesday at Harry Grove Stadium in Frederick.

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Many baseball analysts and Orioles fans who monitor the team's top minor leaguers believe 6-foot-5, 200-pound left-hander Brian Matusz is likely at the top of the list.

Hebner spoke glowingly about Matusz and how the 22-year-old pitcher's demeanor amazes him.

"He pitched to big league hitters [in spring training] like he was back in [college at] San Diego," Hebner said. "Nothing fazed him. He's a very mature kid."

Could he rapidly climb through the Orioles' minor league system?"No question," Hebner said. "If he pitches well, there's a real good chance he will move quickly."

Matusz is expected to pitch for the Keys in the season opener on the road tonight against the Salem Red Sox. The Orioles' 2008 first-round draft pick will be limited to about 75 pitches, according to Hebner.

While the Orioles reportedly worked with Matusz to rely on certain pitches during spring training, Hebner expects the pitcher to be able to use his full repertoire in the Carolina League.

Hebner, however, believes Matusz should focus on improving his changeup during the 2009 season with the Keys.

"[If] you have a good changeup, then ... you'll get to the big leagues real quick."

There's no doubt that a lot of people will be watching Matusz's performance with the Keys, but Hebner thinks the entire team will be much improved in 2009.

"There was some selfish kids here last year, to be honest," Hebner said. "It's an individual game, but you [have] to play as a team. This [season] is a good makeup club."

With a starting rotation of Matusz, Pedro Beato, Zach Britton, Tim Bascom and Sean Gleason, the Keys are ready to compete in the Carolina League.

"Pitching and defense wins almost any game in any sport you talk about," Hebner concluded.

Other notes from the Keys' media day:

• Hebner says it will be a learning process with Billy Rowell in right field. It's important that Rowell learns from his mistakes, according to the Keys manager.

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"I think it will take a lot of pressure off Billy," Hebner said. "Being out there is going to be different. I think it's much easier."

The Orioles' first-round draft pick shifts to the outfield in 2009 after playing third base for the Keys last season. Rowell committed 22 errors in 104 games at Frederick in 2008, and he has made 61 defensive miscues in three professional seasons.

Caleb Joseph, a catcher who the Orioles selected in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB draft, made an impact on Hebner during spring training.

"The catcher, Joseph, was pretty impressive. ... In the last week [of spring training] ... he played well," Hebner said. "We'll see what happens. He's a very mature kid."

• Other than Matusz, Hebner expects third baseman Tyler Henson to step up and become a clubhouse leader for the Keys in 2009.

"I've been around baseball a long time ... he's got a chance to be a good player," Hebner said. "Good power, [and he] goes the other way with two strikes."

• Hebner stressed how important it is for the players to learn to play multiple positions. The Orioles want players who have the ability to play in a couple different places, according to the Keys manager.

Hebner said Henson will likely play a couple games each week at second base, and first baseman Brandon Waring, who was acquired in the offseason trade that sent catcher Ramon Hernandez to the Cincinnati Reds, should see some action at third base.

• Although Hebner likes the compilation of pitchers in Frederick, he's uncertain who will be the team's closer during the 2009 season.

"We'll find out. Sometimes it's difficult to get the final three outs of the game."

• The full roster for the Frederick Keys is listed below.

2009 Frederick Keys roster

Pitchers

No. // Name // Bats // Throws // Height // Weight // Date of Birth

17 // Tim Bascom // Right // Right // 6-2 // 215 // 01/04/1985

27 // Pedro Beato // Right // Right // 6-5 // 210 // 10/27/1986

49 // Brett Bordes // Right // Left // 6-0 // 180 // 11/30/1983

12 // Zach Britton // Left // Left // 6-2 // 187 // 12/22/1987

29 // Cliff Flagello // Right // Right // 5-10 // 200 // 01/03/1985

10 // Sean Gleason // Right // Right // 6-0 // 200 // 08/21/1985

25 // Luis Lebron // Right // Right // 6-1 // 170 // 03/15/1985

40 // John Mariotti // Left // Right // 6-0 // 210 // 08/19/1984

15 // Brian Matusz // Left // Left // 6-5 // 200 // 02/11/1987

36 // Ryan Ouellette // Right // Right // 5-11 // 185 // 10/04/1985

32 // Jake Renshaw // Right // Right // 6-3 // 215 // 04/29/1986

34 // Chris Salberg // Left // Left // 6-1 // 195 // 05/08/1984

Catchers

No. // Name // Bats // Throws // Height // Weight // Date of Birth

24 // Wally Crancer // Left // Right // 6-0 // 214 // 07/07/1984

51 // Caleb Joseph // Right // Right // 6-3 // 180 // 06/18/1986

19 // Billy Killian // Left // Right // 6-0 // 210 // 06/12/1986

Infielders

No. // Name // Bats // Throws // Height // Weight // Date of Birth

3 // Ryan Adams // Right // Right // 5-11 // 180 // 04/21/1987

2 // Pedro Florimon // Switch // Right // 6-2 // 165 // 12/10/1986

1 // Tyler Henson // Right // Right // 6-2 // 205 // 12/15/1987

23 // Chris Vinyard // Right // Right // 6-4 // 215 // 12/15/1985

14 // Brandon Waring // Right // Right // 6-3 // 210 // 01/02/1986

7 // Jason White // Left // Right // 6-1 // 175 // 06/07/1984

Outfielders

No. // Name // Bats // Throws // Height // Weight // Date of Birth

6 // Matt Angle // Left // Right // 5-10 // 175 // 09/10/1985

45 // Kraig Binick // Right // Left // 6-0 // 200 // 02/10/1985

30 // David Cash // Switch // Right // 6-2 // 180 // 11/22/1985

11 // Billy Rowell // Left // Right // 6-5 // 215 // 09/10/1988

Note: Chorye Spoone will begin the 2009 season on the disabled list.

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