20-Year-Old Pitcher – Pittsburgh Pirates
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The Pirates 2016 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Keller compiled a 9-5 mark with a 2.35 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 130.1 innings split between Low-A and High-A. Perhaps even more impressively, he posted a...
Keller has improved his approach to the game, putting himself on the prospect radar map. "We challenged him to go home between the offseason after 2015 and come in the best shape of his life. He took it to another level," Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway said Sunday on Root Sports Pittsburgh.
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Pittsburgh Pirates Roster
MajorsBastardo, Antonio (P)
AAACumpton, Brandon (P)
AABarnes, Barrett (OF)
A+Escobar, Elvis (OF)
ABeddes, Danny (P)
RookieAlemais, Stephen (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A second-round pick in 2014, Keller appeared in only 19.2 innings for Bristol last year because of forearm tightness. The results werenít promising (5.49 ERA, 16 walks) but itís possible the 20-year-old righty might be suffering from a more severe injury. He showed promise in 2014, registering a 1.98 ERA in 27.1 innings, but the fact that he saw so little action last summer gives cause for concern. Keller offers swing-and-miss stuff, but he needs to stay on the diamond throughout 2016 to maintain his prospect status.
A second-round pick in the 2014 draft, Keller got his first taste of professional action in the Gulf Coast League. The 18-year-old right-hander registered a 1.98 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in 27.1 innings with a 29:13 K:BB ratio. He reaches the mid-90s with his fastball, but struggles with control issues. Keller, who received a $1 million signing bonus, is expected to pitch in rookie ball for Morgantown in 2015.