MITCH KELLER
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: April 4, 1996
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 64th Overall, 2014
How Acquired: Draft
High School: Xavier (IA) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Keller moved up rapidly in the draft rankings in his last year of high school as his velocity went from the mid- to upper-80s to 90-92, reaching 95, with good movement.  His curve has been described as having average or above-average potential, depending on what source you look at.  Like most high school pitchers, he hasn’t thrown a change much yet.  His delivery is smooth and should help his command.  Baseball America ranked him the 76th best prospect in the draft and MLB.com rated him 69th.  He was committed to North Carolina, which can be a difficult school to sign players away from, but he signed surprisingly quickly.  His bonus was $1M, which was $113,200 above the slot amount.  Keller should be in the GCL.
STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $1,000,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2020
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2018
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 5, 2014: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2nd round, 64th overall pick; signed on June 14.