2014 Draft

Pirates Draft RHP Mitch Keller in the Second Round

Pirates Draft RHP Mitch Keller in the Second Round

The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted right-handed pitcher Mitch Keller from Xavier High School in the second round with the 64th overall pick. Unlike the previous two picks, Keller was ranked close to this pick. He was ranked 76th by Baseball America, and the highest he was ranked was 63rd by Keith Law.

Keller is 6′ 3″, 195 pounds and has a projectable frame. He sits 90-94 MPH, touching 95. Baseball America says he has the potential for an average curveball and an average changeup. MLB.com says his curve could be above-average. He also has an easy delivery, which could help him add velocity if he adds muscle to his frame.

Law, who had him ranked the highest, says that he has the chance to be a quality number three starter, with the floor as a high-leverage reliever, assuming he can develop a changeup and throw strikes. His brother, Jon, plays in the Baltimore Orioles’ farm system. Mitch has a commitment to the University of North Carolina.

UPDATE 11:51 PM: Mitch Keller’s player page.

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