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Instructional League Highlights From Reese McGuire, Mitch Keller and More

Instructional League Highlights From Reese McGuire, Mitch Keller and More
John Dreker

On Friday, we posted highlights of Austin Meadows, Raul Siri and Adrian Valerio from Thursday’s Fall Instructional League game. We have some more video from the game courtesy of the FIL Fan page. Today’s highlights include 2014 second round draft pick Mitch Keller, last year’s first round pick Reese McGuire, pitcher Austin Coley and a second look at two interesting DSL players.

Mitch Keller received a $1,000,000 bonus to sign and could possibly end up being the best player the Pirates drafted this year. We had video from his pro debut, which also included Trey Supak, who was taken nine picks after Keller and received the same bonus. We also posted every pitch from his start on August 12th. Below is video of Keller warming up before his start, followed by a ground out to end the first inning, getting the batter out in front on an off-speed pitch

Ground out from Keller

Reese McGuire walked his first time up on Thursday, then followed it with this single shown below. In his first full season this year, McGuire hit .262/.307/.334 in 98 games with West Virginia. Those aren’t bad numbers considering his age(he turns 20 in March), but they were well off the .780 OPS he had in the GCL last year. His defense was above average and helped get him ranked as the fifth best prospect in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America.

Earlier this week, we posted videos from Tuesday’s action in the FIL, showing speedy outfielder Victor Fernandez for the first time. In that video, he hit a double to left field, going from home to sliding into second base safely, in seven seconds. Here is another video of the speed of Fernandez, causing a throwing error on an easy ground ball. To put it simply, he is fast.

Also in that Tuesday link was a first look at second baseman Luis Perez, who spent the 2014 season in the DSL. Here is a second look at him and a much better one.

Finally, we have video of Austin Coley warming up in the bullpen. The 2014 eighth round draft pick had a rough first season in pro ball. He missed some time with a shoulder strain, then finished with a 5.23 ERA and .323 BAA in eight starts. In 20.2 innings, Coley had a 9:18 BB/SO ratio. He had some control issues his junior year, so he will probably spend the 2015 season in the West Virginia rotation working on fastball command.

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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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