Through September 20, 1998
& Scouting Report
April 22, 1961, Huntsville, AL
Selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 10th round of the 1979 free-agent draft; did not sign ... Selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the third round of the 1982 free-agent draft.
Earned All-ACC honors as a pitcher and DH in 1982 while at Clemson, compiling a 9-3 record and 2.79 ERA on the mound and hitting .300 with 21 doubles.
Several times throughout his career, Jimmy Key has been able to overcome serious injuries and pitch effectively. Such was not the case last season. His shoulder stiffness only worsened, and he spent most of the year either on the disabled list or on a rehabilitation assignment. He lost his spot in the rotation and his shoulder wouldn't let him pitch on consecutive days out of the bullpen.
Pitching & Defense
Key's effectiveness depends on his ability to spot his curveball or deceptive changeup on the outside corner. The injuries took their toll last season, virtually eliminating the fastball he needs to keep hitters honest. If he's healthy, he still can be tough because of his excellent command. He works fast and is difficult to run on because he has a good move to first base. He fields his position well.
It's not clear whether Key, a free agent, will re-sign with the Orioles or any other club. He has kept open the possibility of retirement if his shoulder doesn't feel right by the middle of the winter. He has ruled out surgery, however. Should he come back, it will be as a middle reliever.
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