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The Important Next Step in Mitch Keller’s Development

Mitch Keller is going to need to mix his off-speed stuff in earlier to keep hitters honest. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
The Important Next Step in Mitch Keller’s Development

BRADENTON, Fla. - The start to Mitch Keller's 2017 season hasn't gone as well as his 2016 breakout season went. Through his first three starts, Keller has a 5.02 ERA in 14.1 innings. Most of that is inflated by a bad first outing where he gave up five runs in 2.1 innings of work. He combined for three earned runs in 12 innings his next two starts. But even in the good outings, Keller shows that he still has things to work on.

Last year, Keller drew a lot of attention not only for his stats, but how he was getting them. While in West Virginia, he was pitching almost exclusively with his fastball the first few innings. Due to his ability to move the pitch around in the zone with good command and 94-97 MPH velocity, he was able to dominate without using secondary pitches. When he moved up ...

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