Means and Yacabonis Bumped up to Double-A Bowie

May 26, 2016 - Carolina League (CarL1) - Frederick Keys News Release

Frederick, Md. -The Frederick Keys are excited to announce that pitchers John Means and Jimmy Yacabonis have been promoted to the Double-A Bowie Baysox. It marks the first call-up to the Eastern League for both, while the duo becomes the fourth and fifth members of the orange and black to receive promotions this season.

Means, 23, was one of the Carolina League's top starters over the first two months. In nine games, the southpaw went 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA. Over 50 innings he allowed only 10 earned runs and 10 walks, while striking out 54. Opponents were hitting .228 against him. In his final start on Monday, Means fired off a seven-inning, complete game shutout against Potomac. He departs for Double-A Bowie with the third-best ERA in the circuit, while he ranked second in strikeouts and fifth in innings pitched.

In all nine of Means' starts this season, he has allowed two runs or less (a streak which is at 10 games if you go back to his final start of 2015). In the month of May he posted a 1.44 ERA in four contests. Originally selected by the Orioles in the 11th round of the 2014 draft, Means played his college baseball at West Virginia and Fort Scott (KS) Community College.

Yacabonis, 24, went 0-2 with five saves (six chances) and a 3.98 ERA in 16 games. Working 20.1 innings, he gave up nine earned runs, walked six and struck out 21. The New Jersey native held opponents to a .227 batting average against.

Selected by the Orioles in the 13th round of the 2013 draft out of St. Joseph's University, the right-hander did not permit a run across 8.1 May innings. He heads to the Baysox as the CL leader in games pitched and is tied for third in games finished (10).

In a pair of corresponding moves, right-hander Franderlin Romero has joined the Keys after being acquired from the Cincinnati Reds for future considerations. Additionally, left-hander Trevor Belicek comes to Frederick from the Atlanta Braves. He was one of two minor leaguers who was received in the trade for former Orioles southpaw Brian Matusz. Belicek will make the start in tonight's series finale against Winston-Salem.

The Frederick Keys go for the sweep of the Dash on Thursday. Belicek (0-0, --) will be opposed by Dash righty Brandon Brennan (0-3, 7.90). To catch the broadcast, fans as always can tune into 1450 AM The Source, and the TuneIn Radio App (by searching WTHU). The Keys return to Nymeo Field on Wednesday, June 1 when the Potomac Nationals return. For tickets, fans can call 301-815-9939 or visit

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