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.
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.
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.
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.
Keller will start Monday's game in Anaheim, Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
He will line up for a two-start week, getting the ball again next Sunday against the Cubs. Keller has a 3.65 ERA and 67:15 K:BB over his last 10 starts (56.2 innings) with Triple-A Indianapolis. He has given up 14 earned runs in 12 innings across three big-league starts, so while there is strikeout upside, there is also a very low floor. It will take a brave fantasy manager to deploy him for this two step in mixed roto leagues.
Keller is expected to join the big-league rotation next week, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Per Mackey, Keller was scratched from his scheduled start with Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday as he gears up for a promotion to the majors. The right-hander allowed six runs in each of his first two starts with the big club this season, though he performed much better in his third outing for the Pirates, allowing two runs while striking out six batters in five innings. Keller has compiled a 3.65 ERA and 67 strikeouts over his past 10 starts (56.2 innings) with Indianapolis. He'll replace Dario Agrazal -- who was optioned to the minors earlier in the week -- in the rotation. With Pittsburgh's starters set for their weekend series against the Cardinals, Keller figures to start either Monday or Tuesday against the Angels.
Keller could be an option to join the big-league rotation following the demotion of Dario Agrazal.
This is simply speculation, but Keller really should be in the majors, and now there is a spot for him. He is scheduled to start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Thursday, so he will likely either be scratched from that start and summoned to the majors to start Friday in St. Louis, or we will have to wait until his next turn for him to join the big-league rotation. Keller has a 3.65 ERA and 67 strikeouts over his last 56.2 innings (10 starts) at Triple-A.
Keller gave up one run in 7.1 innings for Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday, striking out six while allowing six hits and no walks.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Keller receive a promotion shortly after the 10-day period following his June 18 demotion ends. His performance Monday was encouraging as he didn't issue a walk. Keller, who has relied on fastball usage for 64.3 percent of his pitches in three MLB starts, may look to vary his repertoire upon his return to the majors. His fantasy stock has likely trended lower following a 10.25 ERA with Pittsburgh, but his pedigree and minor-league success suggest he might be a good buy-low candidate.
Keller was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.
With Trevor Williams (side) returning from the injured list Wednesday, Keller is no longer needed in the big-league rotation. The 23-year-old prospect has struggled in a trio of starts for the Pirates this season, posting a 10.50 ERA, 2.25 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB in 12 innings. Keller owns a solid 3.10 ERA and 74:25 K:BB in 58 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis this season, so he should get another shot with the big club later this season.
Keller allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and two walks across five innings in a no-decision against the Tigers on Tuesday.
He pitched much better, but the Pirates' defense really hurt Keller in this one. The Pirates made three errors in the first four innings, including two in the fourth, which led to two unearned runs. Fortunately, Pittsburgh came back to tie the game in the seventh, so Keller avoided the loss. Still, he pitched so poorly in his first two outings that he is 0-1 with a 10.50 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, .389 batting average against and 15 strikeouts in 12 innings across three starts to begin his major-league career. In all likelihood, Keller will return to the minors this week with Trevor Williams (side) and Jordan Lyles (hamstring) both expected back soon.
Keller will start at home against the Tigers on Tuesday, general manager Neal Huntington said on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan Pittsburgh.
Keller has surrendered 12 earned runs in seven innings in his first two starts, including nine first-inning runs. While Huntington confirmed Keller's Tuesday start during his Sunday radio show, he also mentioned that Trevor Williams (side) will return Wednesday and Jordan Lyles (hamstring) won't spend much more time on the injured list. As a result, Keller could face a demotion regardless of how he fares Tuesday.
Keller didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 8-7 extra-innings loss to Atlanta, coughing up six runs on 10 hits and two walks over three innings while striking out two.
The right-hander's second big-league start of the season went even worse than his first one did, but the Bucs took Keller off the hook for a loss when they tied things up in the sixth inning. He's now saddled with a 15.43 ERA in Pittsburgh despite his 3.10 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 74:25 K:BB through 58 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis, and the 23-year-old simply doesn't look ready for prime time.
Keller was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday against the Braves.
As expected, Keller is set to rejoin the big-league rotation Wednesday with Jordan Lyles (hamstring) and Rookie Davis (finger) both landing on the injured list within the past week. The young right-hander struggled in his major-league debut at the end of May, allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings against the Reds, though his seven strikeouts in that outing are likely a better indication of his overall skills. In his past two starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, Keller compiled a 1.64 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 18:5 K:BB in 11 innings of work. Montana DuRapau was sent to the minors to free up a roster spot for Keller.
The Pirates will recall Keller from Triple-A Indianapolis to start Wednesday's game against the Braves, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Keller's promotion won't become official until a few hours before the game, but his return to the big leagues was fully expected after the Pirates lost two rotation arms in Jordan Lyles (hamstring) and Rookie Davis (finger) to the injured list in recent days. Though the right-hander endured a bumpy MLB debut back on May 27 against the Reds, he's still viewed as one the top young arms in the Pirates' system and rebounded nicely upon returning to Triple-A. In his last outing with Indianapolis over the weekend, Keller needed only five innings to rack up a career-high 13 strikeouts.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Keller is "in the conversation" to join the big club and start Wednesday's game against the Braves, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Keller's first big-league start back on May 27 in Cincinnati didn't go especially well and earned him a return trip to Triple-A Indianapolis, but he's responded well to the demotion. In his two turns since returning to the minors, Keller has allowed two runs over 11 innings, which included a career-high 13-strikeout performance his last time out Friday. With the Pirates moving fifth starter Rookie Davis (finger) to the 10-day injured list, Keller probably profiles as the best internal option to fill the void in the rotation in Atlanta, though Huntington noted that he's also considering pitchers outside the organization to make a spot start.
Keller whiffed a career-best 13 batters in five innings Friday for Triple-A Indianapolis. He gave up just one hit and three walks.
He could start for the Pirates on Wednesday unless the team chooses to go with an opener against Atlanta. While it's possible the organization could keep Keller at Triple-A a bit longer due to Super 2 Arbitration concerns, it's apparent that his upside dwarfs that of any replacement pitcher currently on Pittsburgh's roster. The righty allowed six runs in the first inning of his MLB debut against Cincinnati on May 27, but rebounded with three shutout frames thereafter.
Keller was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Keller struggled in his major-league debut, yielding six runs over four innings of work. Richard Rodriguez was recalled from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
Keller (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven over four innings in the second game of Monday's doubleheader against the Reds.
Keller got off to a rough start, giving up six runs (including a grand slam) in his first inning of work. Following the nightmare inning, the right-hander managed to settle down and only surrendered one hit the rest of the way. Keller was called up prior to the game for Montana DuRapau, though it remains to be seen if Keller will remain in the big leagues following a rough debut. Since Nick Kingham started the first game of the doubleheader, he's also a candidate to get the nod Saturday against the Brewers, when Keller's next turn would come up.
The Pirates confirmed that Keller would be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start the second game of Monday's doubleheader Monday against the Reds.
Pittsburgh will presumably designate Keller as the 26th man for the doubleheader, but the right-hander could avoid a trip back to Indianapolis with a solid performance in his MLB debut. With Trevor Williams (side) recently joining Jameson Taillon (elbow) on the injured list, the Pirates are down to only three established healthy starters. Nick Kingham (8.76 ERA, 1.99 WHIP in 24.2 innings) and Steven Brault (7.11 ERA, 1.74 WHIP in 25.1 innings) have both been major disappointments in long relief and as spot starters/primary pitchers this season, so Keller probably won't have a high bar to clear to stick around with the big club.
Keller will be called up from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in Monday's doubleheader against the Reds, Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports.
General manager Neal Huntington indicated last week the organization still wanted to see Keller further develop his new slider/cutter, but apparently he's now ready for his major-league debut. The 23-year-old has a 3.45 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 56:20 K:BB through nine starts with Indianapolis this season.
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