BRADENTON, Fl. - Mitch Keller is going to get a big challenge this year. The 2014 second round pick out of high school is making the jump to West Virginia this year, where he will be one of the youngest pitchers in a league dominated by college hitters.

"I'm really looking forward to it," Keller said. "Just being in a full season club, not having short season. I think I'm ready for it, body and mentally. Looking forward to it."

One concern about Keller this year is that he didn't get many innings last year. He was limited during the Bristol season due to mild forearm tightness, as the Pirates were being cautious with him. He finished the 2015 season with just 19.2 innings at the level, along with good strikeout numbers and poor control. The innings issue might not be an issue though,...

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