Arizona Fall League

AFL Recap: Mitch Keller Throws Four Shutout Innings

Mitch Keller made his first start since the Fall-Stars game. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
AFL Recap: Mitch Keller Throws Four Shutout Innings
John Dreker

The Glendale Desert Dogs need to go on a run over the final six games of the AFL season to get a playoff spot. They tried to start the run on Friday with Mitch Keller on the mound, making his first start since the Fall-Stars game over the weekend. Mitchell Tolman was the only Pittsburgh Pirate hitter in the lineup against Scottsdale, as Glendale won 3-1 and Keller had a terrific outing.

Keller's last start was his five-inning performance last Monday in which he faced the minimum. That got his named as the AFL Pitcher of the Week. He did not start off well on this day, as he needed 22 pitches to get through the first inning. He started with an eight-pitch walk, followed by ground out in front of the plate, a strikeout and a grounder to third base. Kyle Glaser from Baseball America had hi...

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Arizona Fall League
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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