Williams: Last Night Was a Reminder That the Pirates’ Rotation Has a Lot of Future Upside

Williams: Last Night Was a Reminder That the Pirates’ Rotation Has a Lot of Future Upside

In his last two playoff starts, Mitch Keller has combined for 17 shutout innings on 171 pitches.

He pitched a complete game shutout last night for Altoona on 90 pitches, with just three base runners allowed. He went eight shutout innings in the playoffs last year for Bradenton, needing only 81 pitches that time.

Those two performances don't make a career, but they provide further reason to dream on Keller's upside. He was extremely efficient in both outings, averaging about ten pitches per inning, with the rest of the stat line obviously showing his skills. Both starts also came shortly after a promotion to the new level, showing that he was adjusting quickly and not having many issues with the new challenges. Sean McCool recently wrote about this, detailing what Keller had been work...

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