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Pirates Agree to Sign Second Round Pick Mitch Keller

According to an article in the Des Moines Register, right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller has agreed to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates and will be flying into Pittsburgh on Thursday. No details were released on the signing amount, although Keller said that he got the amount he was looking for. The Pirates took the 6’3″ Keller with the 64th pick overall. He went to Xavier HS in Iowa and had a commitment to North Carolina. His player page can be viewed here.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • R Edwards

    Great signing – first step to making this draft a success, at least in terms of getting the right players signed and into the system – Keller was one of the most important along with Tucker and Supak.

  • Jared

    The best player in the draft. A very important signing and I’m glad we got it done.

  • https://www.facebook.com/clementewall21 N_Cap

    This could be a nice draft, I was okay with Tucker because he will no doubt stick and ss, Joe could be a solid OF nothing amazing but could be one of those role players down the road that is important and both the prep arms could be good prospects, i mean look what our track record says with prep arms so far.

    • freddylang

      I think there is doubt that he won’t stick at SS. He is 17. But I think it is pretty certain he will at least be a 3B,SS, or 2B…so that is good.

      • https://www.facebook.com/clementewall21 N_Cap

        Two reasons theye selected him one to save money . two because he has the ability to stay at short. Temas valued him higher because of this. Unlike jacob gatewood and michael chavis

        • freddylang

          He no doubt has the ability to stick at SS. There are just so many that don’t. I am rooting for him to of course.

  • Ecbucs

    so they didn’t need money from Joe to sign Keller. That is good sign. Glad he is signed and can start playing. Feel a little sorry for his high school team but I’m sure they are happy to have played with someone like Keller.

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