FREDERICK, Md.-The Frederick Keys are excited to announce that David Hess has been named the Orioles Minor League “Pitcher of the Month” for July. He becomes the third member of the Keys to receive a monthly organizational honor, joining former teammates Drew Dosch and Trey Mancini who were named players of the month in April and May.
In six July starts, Hess, 22, went 2-0 with a 1.82 ERA. He allowed only seven runs and 22 hits in 34.2 innings. Opponents were batting .180 against him. Three of the right-hander’s appearances were quality starts, while he never allowed more than two runs in any game he pitched. Thanks to a strong month, Hess trimmed his ERA from 5.43 to 4.25.
Over 23 total games (22 starts) the Tennessee native is 7-4 with a 3.86 ERA. In 119 innings, Hess has allowed 54 runs on 104 hits to go with 45 walks and 101 strikeouts. Opponents are batting only .231 against him. Currently, Hess is tied for the Carolina League in games started, is second in strikeouts and batting average against, while he rates fifth in innings pitched and eighth in ERA.
On Saturday at Myrtle Beach, Hess picked up his seventh win of the year, tossing six innings of one-run baseball. He walked two and struck out four while picking up his second straight victory. Since the all-star break, Hess is 5-0 with a 1.37 ERA (52.2 IP/8ER) while he has allowed just one run through 13 innings in August (0.69 ERA).
Ranked the No. 20 prospect in the Orioles system according to Baseball America, Hess was selected by Baltimore in the fifth round of the 2014 draft out of Tennessee Tech. He became the highest-drafted Golden Eagles player since 1969 when he was taken with the 151st overall selection. As a junior, he led the Ohio Valley Conference with nine wins and 104 strikeouts.
The Keys begin a three-game series with the Lynchburg Hillcats on Tuesday night at Nymeo Field. Left-hander Luis Gonzalez (5-8, 6.61) makes the start for the orange and black and will be opposed by Hillcats right-hander Dace Kime (2-5, 4.89). For tickets, fans can contact the Keys at 301-815-9939 or visit frederickkeys.com.