Keller and Waddell Win Pitcher of the Month Awards

When we picked our Pirates Prospects Pitcher of the Month award earlier this week, we had a tough choice between Brandon Waddell and Mitch Keller, choosing Waddell mostly due to the innings he put in over Keller. The Florida State League and South Atlantic League didn’t have that same tough choice we had, handing out the league’s monthly award to the two Pirates.

Waddell has already been promoted to Altoona, where he made his debut last night. Before leaving, he put up an 0.93 ERA and a 0.52 WHIP for Bradenton, leading the FSL in both categories. In 29 innings, he had a 2:26 BB/SO ratio. Waddell allowed three hits or less in all five starts in April.

Keller won the Pitcher of the Week award during the first full week in the SAL. He finished the month with an 0.86 ERA over 21 innings, with a 1:28 BB/SO ratio. Keller followed up those numbers with one run over seven innings in his start last night. It was the first time he went seven innings as a pro. Twice already this season, Keller has struck out ten batters in a game.

Yeudy Garcia was the last Power pitcher to win the Pitcher of the Month award, picking up that hardware last July.

  • Is Waddell legit? There’s so little about him. What kinda ceiling does he have?

  • Hey…just me or is anyone else getting a 404 on the main page?

    • John Dreker
      May 5, 2016 5:45 pm

      I occasionally get that after posting articles, but every time it has gone away after reloading the page once

      • Meh, absolutely weird. Upgraded my modem/router today. This was the first site I tried to go to and I got the 404. Now that everything is up and running on my end, I still get the 404 in Chrome, but Safari doesn’t have a problem.

        Cache is cleared and all that good stuff…hmmmm, the problem is on my end…think I’ll just whack my computer with a hammer until it’s resolved.

      • Yup…had to wipe out everything to get back on the site…weird. Last time I hook up a new anything to my system…

        On the plus side, I can now load and upload twice as fast…therefore, irritate exponentially!

  • Honestly, watching a few of those videos of Keller just epitomizes what scouts call a low-effort delivery. It barely looks like he’s trying out there and, to quote John Madden, “BOOM!” that low- to mid-90’s heater is right on you.

    Still too soon to say the sky’s the limit, but boy is his ceiling getting up there.

    • Mark Maddon would say ” Boom Mario is the greatest person to ever walk the earth_——

  • Yeudy was railroaded by the false amount of ground support thrust upon him by Lee Foo and his minions!

    • Watch out!

      Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings who exist only to serve history’s most despicable masters

    • Garcia’s minions, otherwise known as Yeudy and the Blowfish.

      (Yes, this joke bombed before. No, I won’t stop delivering it.)