Frederick Keys left fielder Kipp Schutz came through in the clutch for the team Wednesday with a walk-off double to left field to give the Keys a 4-3 win and remain in first place in the Carolina League Northern Division.
The walk-off last night was his first as a member of the Keys. The 23-year-old recorded two walk-offs in 2010 and he feels he is confident in those situations.
"Obviously, I feel it is a good situation for a hitter," Schutz said. "The pitcher is thinking that he doesn't want to give up the game winning run so I feel the hitter always has the advantage. I just go up there looking for a ball to drive."
Schutz was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 26th round of the 2006 draft but didn't sign and then was selected by the team in the 19th round of the 2009 draft.
The Evansville, Indiana native started the season with Single-A Delmarva and hit .381 with four home runs and 36 RBI in 38 games.
Schutz was promoted a week ago to Frederick and is currently hitting .250 with one home run and nine RBI in eight games.
Manager Orlando Gomez likes the presence of Schutz in the lineup and believes he is a good fit to help the team offensively.
"He is really coming around and swinging the bat well and everything. He is a smart hitter. Every time he goes to home plate he has a plan and that is why he is going to hit."
Gomez also added that he loves the approach Schutz has at the plate and says he has an idea what he is going to do and look for every time he goes up to hit.