Mitch Keller Named as the International League’s Most Valuable Pitcher

The International League named their end of season All-Stars on Tuesday afternoon and Mitch Keller was named as the starting pitcher on the team. He was also named as the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher. Jake Elmore also represents the Pittsburgh Pirates and Indianapolis Indians on the list. He was named as the league’s All-Star second baseman.

Keller was the International League leader in ERA, WHIP and strikeouts at various points during the season. He no longer qualifies for the first two due to his innings, but he is still just one strikeout behind the league leader, while his WHIP would rank second and his ERA would rank third. Keller has made six Major League starts, including one run over six innings, with nine strikeouts, in his last outing.

Elmore is hitting .340, which leads the league with just seven games left in the season. His .892 OPS ranks 11th in the league and tops all Indianapolis players. He also ranks fifth in the league with 31 doubles and third with a .408 OBP. The 32-year-old Elmore played 11 games with the Pirates earlier this season. He has played right field, left field, second base, third base and shortstop with Indianapolis.

The Pirates have had a representative in all four league All-Star teams named so far. Mason Martin was named the South Atlantic League’s All-Star first baseman earlier today. Jared Oliva made it for the Eastern League, while Francisco Acuna made the Appalachian League team.

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