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Pair of Keys to Play in 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose

June 7, 2013 - Carolina League (CarL) - Frederick Keys News Release

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick Keys pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Zane Chavez have been named to the Carolina League All-Star Team. The Keys' battery mates will represent the league against the California League All-Stars in the 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in San Jose, Calif., on Tuesday, June 18.

Rodriguez has posted a 6-2 record and a 2.94 ERA through 11 starts this season, his first at the Advanced-A level. A left-handed pitcher from Venezuela, Rodriguez hit his stride in May, going 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA in six starts and holding opponents to .208 batting average against. His six wins are tied for the Carolina League lead, his ERA ranks ninth-best and he leads the league in innings pitched, having tossed 70.1 to date. Rated No. 3 by and No. 5 by Baseball America among Baltimore Orioles prospects, Rodriguez has thrown at least six innings in 10 starts and has completed seven innings six times this season. And at age 20, Rodriguez is the youngest player on Frederick's roster.

Chavez has made an impressive debut in affiliated baseball this season, batting .279 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 27 RBIs, 30 walks and a .384 on-base percentage. A native of San Diego, Calif., the left-handed hitting Chavez played four seasons of independent baseball before signing with the Orioles in February. He ranks fourth in the Carolina League in on-base percentage and leads all catchers in that category and in walks. The oldest member of the Keys, Chavez, 26, also leads his team in doubles and RBIs. He batted .305, drove in 18 runs, slugged .463 and had OBP of .424 in 24 games in May. Defensively, Chavez ranks third in the Carolina League in stopping base stealers, throwing them out over 34 percent of the time.

The 2013 California-Carolina League All-Star Game will be played in San Jose, Calif., at Municipal Stadium, the home of the San Jose Giants. It will mark the first time that the team has hosted this event. Baseball's top prospects, representing 18 Major League teams and 18 Minor League affiliates, will descend upon Municipal Stadium on June 18 as two of the nation's elite Class-A Advanced leagues matchup in the 17th California-Carolina League All-Star Game. After last year's 9-1 victory by the Carolina League in Winston-Salem, N.C., the two Class-A Advanced circuits are deadlocked in the game's history with identical 7-7-2 records.

The Keys sent pitcher and top prospect Dylan Bundy, third baseman Ty Kelly and outfielder Jeremy Nowak to last year's all-star game. The Carolina-California League All-Star Game has been played since 1996. The 2005 Game was played at Harry Grove Stadium and featured current Major League players Ubaldo Jimenez (Indians), Howie Kendrick (Angels) and Nick Markakis (Orioles). Former Keys that have been selected to play in the All-Star Game include Jayson Werth (1999), Erik Bedard (2001), Markakis (2005), Jake Arrieta (2008), Matt Wieters (2008), Brian Matusz (2009) and Zach Britton (2009).

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