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23 Mitch Keller SP

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July 7, 2020 04:12 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Improving spin efficiency
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Keller used his own Rapsodo device during the shutdown period to improve the spin efficiency on his fastball, Alex Stumpf of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

It sounds like Keller was very self-motivated to improve as a pitcher during the shutdown period, using the Rapsodo (a pitch design tool) to up his spin efficiency from the low 90s to the 95th percentile. He has a reputation for having the velocity but not the ideal movement on his fastball, which is sometimes referred to as "straight", so if Keller's fastball can miss more bats he could be primed for a breakout 2020 season. Keller said Monday that he feels "really good" so he appears primed to open the season in Pittsburgh's rotation.

March 9, 2020 01:52 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Boosts rotation chances Sunday
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Keller limited the Rays to one run on three hits and a walk in three-plus innings Sunday. He struck out five batters, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

He threw his mid-90s fastball up in the zone effectively and was removed after walking the leadoff hitter in the fourth inning. "I thought he was better today," manager Derek Shelton said. "That was a really positive step forward for him." Keller matched his strikeout total from his first three outings combined. The righty is expected to make two more appearances before the regular season starts.

March 3, 2020 08:36 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Unimpressive showing Monday
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Keller gave up three runs on three hits and one walk in 2.1 innings against Toronto on Monday. He struck out a pair of batters.

He surrendered a two-run homer to Danny Jansen among the hits he allowed. After an encouraging first spring start, Keller's Grapefruit League earned-run average has climbed to 7.50 through three appearances and six innings. The expected loss of Steven Brault (shoulder) helps Keller's chances of sticking in the rotation, but he's not setting himself apart from the team's other options.

February 27, 2020 11:04 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Navigates way through Red Sox
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Keller allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings against Boston on Wednesday. He struck out three batters.

He gave up an opposite-field homer to Jarren Duran but otherwise pitched well. Keller was removed from the game after reaching his 33-count pitch limit. So far the righty is making a strong case for opening the season in Pittsburgh's starting rotation.

February 22, 2020 05:00 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Encouraging first outing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller hurled two scoreless innings in Pittsburgh's Grapefruit League opener Saturday. He allowed two hits with no walks or strikeouts.

He was sitting mid-90s with his fastball. Keller was torched for 10 earned runs in four spring innings last year and perhaps the outing helps to give the righty a bit of confidence in an otherwise meaningless game. Keller compiled a 7.13 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 11 starts and 48 innings in 2019. He did show promise with 65 whiffs and a 28.6 strikeout percentage.

February 20, 2020 01:44 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Tabbed for spring opener
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Keller will start Pittsburgh's Grapefruit League opener against the Twins on Saturday, Adam Berry of reports.

Keller will open up Grapefruit League play for the Pirates, and the plan is for him to go one or two innings before exiting. The 23-year-old struggled in his first taste of the majors in 2019, though his underlying numbers suggest he deserved better results.

September 25, 2019 01:04 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Pitches well in no-decision
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Keller allowed one run on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across five innings during a no-decision against the Cubs on Tuesday.

The Pirates' offense didn't get on the board until the seventh, so Keller had to settle for a no-decision, but he's yielded two runs or fewer with seven strikeouts in his last two outings. Keller has shown signs of stardom, but he's been best in the strikeout department, raking up 41 punchouts in his last 26.2 innings this season. He is 1-5 with a 7.13 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 65 strikeouts in 48 innings this season. The Pirates are going with a six-man rotation this week, so unless he pitches in relief, this will likely be the last we see of Keller in 2019.

September 18, 2019 01:20 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Pitches well in loss
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Keller (1-5) allowed two runs on six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts across five innings while taking a loss against the Mariners on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old has been very inconsistent this season, but obviously, this was one of his better starts. Unfortunately, the Pirates didn't support him with any runs, so it still led to a loss. Keller improved his numbers, but they still look bad -- 7.74 ERA, 1.84 WHIP, .351 batting average against. The one thing he has been able to supply is strikeouts, with 58 in 43 frames. Keller will make his next start at the Brewers on Sunday.

September 11, 2019 01:44 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Hit hard by Giants
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Keller (1-4) took the loss against the Giants on Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on nine hits over five innings, striking out seven and walking none as the Pirates fell 5-4.

Keller made his return after a knock to the wrist pushed his start back, but it didn't go well, with the Giants jumping on him for three earned in the first inning before added two more in the fifth and chasing him after 93 pitches. He's only thrown 38 big-league innings this season, but the results haven't been pretty, with Keller sporting a bloated 8.29 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in his nine starts.

September 7, 2019 05:24 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Pushed back to Tuesday
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Keller (wrist) will start Tuesday against the Giants, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

A 105-mph line drive off the bat of Garrett Cooper hit Keller in the wrist and forced him from Tuesday's start after 1.2 innings. Keller is not quite ready to make his next start on schedule -- James Marvel will start Sunday in his absence -- but it sounds like Keller will not even miss a full turn through the rotation. He lines up to oppose fellow rookie Logan Webb in San Francisco.

September 5, 2019 04:20 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: To try throwing Thursday
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Keller (wrist) will try to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

The swelling in his wrist reportedly subsided Wednesday, but it sounds like he's not out of the woods just yet. If he is able to throw a bullpen Thursday and it goes well, he could make his scheduled start Sunday. However, if things don't progress as the Pirates hope, James Marvel is on hand to make Sunday's start if necessary.

September 4, 2019 05:52 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: TBD for next start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The swelling in Keller's wrist subsided Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports, but the Pirates are still uncertain if he will make his next scheduled start.

Keller was forced from his last start Tuesday after being struck on the wrist by a line drive, but initial tests indicate he avoided any type of serious injury. Keller's spot will come up again Sunday, which gives the Pirates a couple more days to determine whether or not he will be able to take the ball.

September 4, 2019 01:28 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Sustains wrist bruise
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller was diagnosed with a right wrist bruise after being struck by a line drive Tuesday against the Marlins.

Keller was hit by a 105 mph line drive off the bat of Garrett Cooper during the second inning and immediately exited the game, but the initial diagnosis indicates he avoided a fracture. The 23-year-old's next turn through the rotation is scheduled for Sunday against the Cardinals, though it's unclear whether he'll be able to make said start.

September 3, 2019 07:52 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Struck by liner
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Keller was removed from Tuesday's game against the Marlins after being hit in the right wrist by a line drive, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Garrett Cooper hit a liner over 105 mph off the bat during the second inning that hit Keller in the right wrist, immediately forcing him to leave the contest. Keller was off to a fast start with three strikeouts over 1.2 innings, but we'll now await word on the severity of his injury.

August 29, 2019 05:24 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Strikes out eight in defeat
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Keller (1-3) struck out eight but allowed eight runs on 11 hits with one walk across four innings while taking a loss against the Phillies on Wednesday.

The rookie was impressive again in the strikeout category, and while he mostly kept the ball in the park, he still allowed five extra-base hits. Giving up hard contact isn't really new for Keller, who's allowed a .362 average against him this season. He has shown glimpses of upside, but his overall big-league numbers are awful -- 8.62 ERA, 1.98 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 31.1 innings this season. Keller will look to get on track at home against the Marlins on Tuesday.

August 24, 2019 10:48 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Punches out nine in no-decision
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Keller struck out nine while allowing one run on six hits and a walk across six innings during a no-decision against the Reds on Friday.

While Keller wasn't able to capture his second victory, he is on the right track. He's allowed six runs three times in his first six starts, so he has some ugly numbers, but Keller's ERA is a respectable 4.43 overall his last four outings. Overall, he is 1-2 with a 7.24 ERA, 1.83 WHIP and 33 strikeouts in 27.1 innings. Keller will look to build upon this outing at the Phillies on Wednesday.

August 19, 2019 02:32 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Roughed up by Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (1-2) took the loss against the Cubs on Sunday, pitching 4.1 innings and giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five.

Six days after hurling his best outing in the majors, Keller was unable to carry the momentum over to Sunday as he gave up six runs for the third time in five career starts. He served up solo homers in both the first and third frames and was chased from the game after allowing a pair of runs while retiring only one batter in the fifth. The prized 23-year-old has had a rough start to his major-league career, posting an 8.86 ERA and 2.02 WHIP through 21.1 innings. He'll face Cincinnati on Friday in his next scheduled start.

August 15, 2019 02:44 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Confirmed for another turn
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Keller is listed as the Pirates' scheduled starter for Sunday's game against the Cubs.

To little surprise, Keller will garner another turn through the rotation after impressing in his return to the big leagues earlier this week. The rookie delivered the best of his four career starts in Monday's 10-2 triumph over the Angels, tossing five innings and giving up an unearned run on five hits and two walks en route to claiming his first win. The non-contending Pirates have little to lose by letting Keller gain further experience at the big-league level as he prepares for a full-time rotation gig in 2020, but a potential workload limit may prevent him from sticking as a starter throughout the final six-plus weeks of the season.

August 13, 2019 10:20 AM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Bags win against Angels
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller (1-1) picked up the win against the Angels on Monday, giving up two runs (one earned) on five hits over five innings, striking out four and walking two in the Pirates' 10-2 victory.

Making his fourth big-league start of the season, Keller did his part in a game where his offense provided him with a ton of run support, keeping the Angels to just a single earned run and picking up his first win of 2019. It was a much-improved showing for the right-hander, who gave up 12 earned across just seven innings in his other two starts earlier this season. Keller will look to build on this outing moving forward, as he's expected to remain in the rotation for the duration of the season.

August 12, 2019 07:52 PM
Pirates' Mitch Keller: Officially promoted
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Keller was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Monday's game against the Angels, Rob Biertempfel of The Athletic reports.

As expected, Keller will surface in the majors to toe the rubber Monday evening. The Pirates expect to keep the right-hander in the starting rotation for the remainder of the season, per Biertempfel.

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vs LHB 20.100 8.850827
vs RHB 27.200 5.860838
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Pittsburgh Pirates

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