Keller gave up 11 runs in 6.2 innings this spring, but he finished on a strong note in his third and final start, Jesse Borek of MLB.com reports.
He tossed four innings and allowed one run on five hits while walking one and striking out three during his first outing throwing to Salvador Perez since 2018. Keller mentioned how much he enjoyed having Perez behind the dish and was encouraged by how well he threw his slider in his final outing of the spring. Keller and Danny Duffy are the top two candidates to take the ball on Opening Day.
Keller is scheduled to start Monday in the Royals' Cactus League game against the Padres, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
While he makes his first start of the spring, Keller is expected to unveil a curveball, a new pitch he added to his arsenal during the offseason, per Alec Lewis of The Athletic. Keller is hopeful that the addition of the curveball as a fourth pitch will give him more time to further hone his changeup in side sessions while providing him with another alternative for hitters who handle sliders better than curves. Though he'll essentially be trading out the changeup for the curveball, Keller is still expected to rely heavily on the four-seamer/slider/sinker combination that accounted for 98.6 percent of his overall pitches in 2019.
Keller will be shut down for the season for workload reasons, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
Keller pitched 165.1 innings this season, up from 140.1 last year. He wasn't able to come close to last season's 3.08 ERA, but his 4.19 mark this season was respectable enough. He again relied on a strong groundball rate (50.0 percent), as both his strikeout rate (17.2 percent) and walk rate (9.9 percent) were fairly poor.
Keller (7-14) gave up five runs on three hits and three walks while striking out one through 1.1 innings to take the loss against the Athletics on Monday.
After getting the first four batters out, Keller unravelled by allowing six consecutive baserunners and five runs. This was the shortest outing of the season for Keller, ending a streak of eight consecutive outings with six innings or more.The 24-year-old has a 4.19 ERA and 122 strikeouts through 28 starts this season. Keller is scheduled to make his next start Sunday against the Orioles at Kauffman Stadium.
Manager Ned Yost said that Keller will be capped at 100 pitches in his start Monday against the Athletics and any additional turns that follow this season, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
Since Keller just turned 24 years old in July, the Royals' decision to act conservatively with his usage isn't too surprising, especially since the 46-85 club having little incentive to overextend the righty at this stage of the season. Keller has cleared 100 pitches in 17 of his 27 outings this season and has covered at least six innings in eight consecutive turns, so the workload restriction could be most punitive to him in leagues that count quality starts as a category.
Keller threw six shutout innings while allowing three hits and two walks along with four strikeouts in a no-decision against the Orioles on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old pitched very well again, but he settled for another very disappointing decision. In his last outing, Keller yielded no runs and zero hits through six innings, but he struggled during the seventh and eventually took a loss. This time around, the Royals turned to the bullpen after six, but Keller's good work still didn't stand up. Despite a respectable 3.94 ERA in his last five starts, he hasn't won an outing since July 24. Overall, Keller is 7-13 with a 3.95 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 121 strikeouts in 164 innings this season. He will pitch next against the Athletics at home on Monday.
Keller (7-13) was charged with the loss against the Cardinals on Wednesday after allowing three runs on three hits and three walks while striking out five over six innings.
Keller had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, including a run-scoring hit by Matt Carpenter to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. He was then pulled with two runners on and no outs. Unfortunately, they both scored following his exit, and the Royals failed to make their way onto the scoreboard, leaving Keller with his fourth straight loss following a six-game winning streak. Keller leads the Kansas City staff with 158 innings pitched this season and has logged at least six innings or more in 17 of his 26 starts. The 24-year-old will carry a 4.10 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 117:65 K:BB into a road contest at Baltimore on Monday.
Keller (7-12) was hit with the loss after yielding five runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings Friday night against the Tigers.
Keller surrendered two runs in the first inning followed by one in the fifth and two more in the sixth before exiting with a four-run deficit. He threw 65 of 108 pitches for strikes but fired first-pitch strikes to only eight of the 29 batters he faced. The 24-year-old right-hander has now been saddled with three straight losses, and he owns a 4.09 ERA with 112 punchouts over 152 innings this season.
Keller (7-11) gave up two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out seven through seven innings to take the loss against the Twins on Sunday.
Keller registered 11 swinging strikes and delivered a quality start, but he was out-dueled by Devin Smeltzer and handed the loss. The 24-year-old has improved his control recently, walking only 17 batters in his last 12 starts after allowing 42 free passes in his first 12 starts. Keller has a 3.95 ERA and 106 strikeouts through 24 starts this season. Keller will make his next start Friday against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Keller (7-10) gave up four runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out five through seven innings to take the loss against the Blue Jays on Monday.
Keller managed to limit the Blue Jays to four runs even though he allowed three home runs. Keller had a nice July, posting a 3-1 record with a 2.12 ERA and a 24:8 K:BB. The 24-year-old has a 4.01 ERA with a 6.4 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9 through 23 starts this season. Keller will make his next start Sunday against the Twins at Target Field.
Keller (7-9) allowed four hits and walked one while striking out three through seven scoreless innings to take the win over the Braves on Wednesday.
Keller shut down the Braves through seven innings and delivered his first major-league RBI. Keller has been hot in July, posting a 1.33 ERA with a 19:8 K:BB in four outings. The 23-year-old has a 3.95 ERA with a 6.4 K/9 and a 4.0 BB/9 through 22 starts. Keller will make his next start Monday against the Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium.
Keller (6-9) allowed four runs (two earned) on nine hits and two walks while striking out seven across 6.1 innings to earn the win Thursday against the White Sox.
Keller wasn't helped by his defense in the first inning, as the ball never left the infield yet two runs crossed the plate thanks to a passed ball, error and two infield hits. He bounced back to allow only two earned runs across his remaining five innings of work, generating 14 swinging strikes and 19 called strikes on 106 total pitches. He also effectively limited the long ball, recording nine groundball outs. Keller has lowered his ERA to 4.18 by surrendering only four earned runs across his last 20 frames -- a span of three starts. He'll look to keep things going in his next start, currently scheduled for Wednesday at Atlanta.
Keller (5-9) earned the win Saturday against the Tigers after allowing one run on four hits across eight innings. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
Keller hadn't completed six innings in his last four starts, but he was efficient Saturday, delivering 82 of his 104 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old has a 4.25 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 84:55 K:BB through 118.2 innings and will next face the White Sox on Thursday.
Keller allowed one run on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts across 5.2 innings in a no-decision against the Nationals on Friday.
Despite the five free passes, the 23-year-old bounced back from his awful final start of June in this one. With this performance, he's also continued his recent pattern of alternating good and terrible starts. He's balanced out to a 1-1 record with a 5.11 ERA during since June 14. Keller is 4-9 with a 4.47 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 77 strikeouts in 110.2 innings overall this season.
Keller (4-9) gave up six runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three through five innings to take the win over the Blue Jays on Sunday.
Keller almost made it through the second inning unscathed, but a popup was lost in the sun and resulted in a two-run triple in what would become a five-run inning. He would only give up one run the rest of the way, and the Royals provided seven runs of their own to get the right-hander the win. The 23-year-old has a 4-9 record with a 4.63 ERA through 18 games this season. Keller will make his next start Friday at Nationals Park.
Keller struck out four and gave up three hits through three scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Indians.
Keller was pitching well but had his day cut short by a rain delay that lasted over two hours. The right-hander has a 3-9 record with a 4.32 ERA through 17 starts this season. Keller will make his next start Sunday against the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.
Keller (3-9) took the loss Wednesday, coughing up seven runs on nine hits and two walks over four innings while striking out five as the Royals were downed 8-2 by the Mariners.
The right-hander was taken deep by Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach in the first inning -- the first time all year Keller's served up multiple homers in a start. He'll take a 4.45 ERA and 68:48 K:BB through 97 innings into his next outing Monday in Cleveland.
Keller didn't factor into the decision in Friday's 2-0 loss to the Twins, giving up three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings while striking out five.
The right-hander put together his best outing of the season despite living on the edges of the strike zone, throwing only 56 of 97 pitches for strikes while producing plenty of weak contact. Keller will carry a 3.97 ERA and 63:46 K:BB through 93 innings into his next start Wednesday in Seattle.
Keller fell to 3-8 on the season despite allowing just two runs in eight innings Saturday against the White Sox. He gave up five hits and one walk while striking out four.
Keller has thrown two quality starts in a row but took the loss both times, a not-entirely-surprising result given the weakness of the Royals' offense. Keller's lack of run support and unremarkable 15.5 percent strikeout rate make him a not- particularly-appealing fantasy option even if he continues to drag his 4.29 ERA down. He's expected to start next against Minnesota on Friday.
Keller (3-7) coughed up three runs on nine hits in seven innings Sunday, striking out six and taking the loss to the Rangers.
Keller had danced around danger early, allowing just one run through four innings despite giving up six hits. He then yielded two more runs in the fifth and escaped further damage with an inning-ending double play. On a positive note, it was Keller's first start without a walk in 2019. Unfortunately, he still owns an unsightly 54:42 K:BB and 4.50 ERA. Keller will face the White Sox at home Saturday.
|9/29/2019 vs Minnesota|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2015||AFX-Kane County Cougars||8||9||2.60||26||25||0||0||0||142.0||128||57||41||3||10||37||109|