Some of the top stars in minor league baseball will be in Maryland this time next summer as the Orioles' Carolina League affiliate, the Frederick Keys, is set to host the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic on June 19 at Nymeo Field.
It will mark the third All-Star game for the Keys, who hosted the Carolina League All-Star Game in 1991 and the interleague All-Star contest between the Carolina League and the California League in 2005.
“We are incredibly excited to have some of the best young players in Minor League Baseball come to Frederick for the 2019 Carolina League All-Star Classic,” Keys General Manager Dave Ziedelis said in a statement. “Frederick is an outstanding Minor League Baseball market and with tremendous support coming from outside of Frederick County, we expect a great crowd for the league’s signature event of the summer. We would also like to thank Visit Frederick for partnering with us on the Carolina League All-Star Classic and are excited to show off what the city of Frederick has to offer.”
The Keys, and by virtue the Orioles, have been well-represented in the game the last few seasons. Since the Carolina League went back to its own All-Star Game two years ago, the Keys have sent four players to the game each season. In each case, they represented some of the top stars in the Orioles’ farm system.
Last week, left-hander Alex Wells, outfielder Ryan McKenna, second baseman Preston Palmeiro and right-hander Christian Alvarado represented the Northern Divison for the Keys.
Outfielder Austin Hays, infielder Ryan Mountcastle, outfielder Randolph Gassaway, and right-hander Tanner Chleborad represented the organization in 2017.
The Keys will announce more information on tickets and events surrounding next year's game at FrederickKeys.com