Flacco Succeeding in Frederick

Mike Flacco is hitting .300 Since his Promotion to the Frederick Keys July 14.

Frederick Keys first baseman Michael Flacco has excelled since receiving the promotion from the low Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds.

Flacco, 24, is the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. In 72 games with Delmarva the first baseman hit .273 with five home runs and 41 RBI. Since the July 14th promotion to Frederick, Flacco has an average of .300 with five RBI.

The fast start with the advanced Single-A club is partly due to the call-up as he feels it gave him an extra boost of energy. Flacco made it clear that he brings a great amount of energy every day at the ball park but feels Frederick has given him an extra push.

"I have that energy every day," Flacco said. "The fact of getting on a new team and up a level just makes me feel better up here."

The couple previous weeks before the promotion was difficult at the plate for him as Flacco looked for just fastballs which caused him to alter his swing.

"I was getting out on my front foot a little too much," Flacco said. "I was looking too much for fastballs and not adjusting to anything else."

The aspect of the game that is impressive with Flacco is he can make adjustments on the fly which is also a factor into the strong start in Frederick. The ability to sit back and wait and look for the fastball up in the zone for him to drive has given him more success.

The strength that Flacco possesses is the ability to hit fastballs but the weakness that he feels he needs to improve on the most is the most critical element of his sustained success at the higher levels.

"Hitting the breaking stuff because the pitches are a little sharper and in the zone," Flacco said. "Rather than just laying off the pitches I have to go attack and be more aggressive."

Keys hitting coach Mike Devereaux is impressed with the Orioles prospect and likes the way he plays every day.

"I like him a lot," Devereaux said. "He has a good idea of the strike zone, he can hit for power, plays great defense and he can run."

Devereaux likes his overall game and that includes defensively too as he stands tall at first base and can dig deep for balls in the dirt and save infielders from throwing errors.

The Keys hitting coach believes that Flacco just needs to continue to work on his consistency at the plate but overall Devereaux feels that the Keys first baseman could be a future gem for the Orioles.

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