PITTSBURGH — MLB.com’s number 22 prospect Mitch Keller received a promotion from High-A Bradenton to the Double-A Altoona tonight. The Pirates number one pitching prospect looks to continue rising through the Pirates system and sustain the level of success he produced with the Marauders in 2017 — 6-3 record, 3.14 earned run average.
In the midst of yet another somber outing for the Pirates’ big club, Curve beat writer Sean McCool broke the news regarding Keller’s call up.
— Sean McCool (@NotSoMcCool) August 2, 2017
Despite a rough debut to open the season and a start on July 15, Keller has been nothing short of magnificent in Bradenton.
Barring an injury that sidelined the 21-year-old for about a month between May and June, the righty’s 1.00 WHIP would put him atop the Florida State League.
Keller arrives in Altoona as the Curve continue pushing for a postseason berth, which can prove valuable experience when it comes time to pitch in meaningful MLB games.
“I’m feeling really excited,” Keller told Chris Tripodi of MiLB.com. “Ready to get to work and help them win a championship.”
Many scouts who have seen Keller throw believe the stuff is there to become a top-of-the-rotation arm if his ceiling is reached.
Keller possesses a low-to-mid 90s fastball, quick developing changeup and an electric 11-to-5 curveball — boasted as his best pitch — while also honing in control of every pitch in his repertoire.
The ground ball maestro is currently on pace to reach Pittsburgh in 2018.
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