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Mitch Keller

Born: 04/04/1996 (Age: 20)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 220
Body: Good starter's frame; tall, broad, athletic features; durable lower half with slight projection to strength across shoulders.

Delivery: Starter look; good pace to SWU; free/easy, tall-and-fall style delivery w/ good extension over lower-half. Low-maintenance finish; sticks landings and stays on targets.

Arm Action: Full circle in the back; deep takeaway out of the glove; arm is long behind body before acceleration. Loose, fluid armstroke w/ minimal effort through HTQ slot.
Evaluator Adam McInturff
Report Date 05/19/2016
Affiliate West Virginia Power (Low A, Pirates)
Dates Seen May 2016
OFP 50
MLB ETA 2019
Video No
Pitch Type Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 55 92 94 Easy 92-93, scrapes 94; naturally heavy ball w/ good armside tail. Clean delivery allows advanced control/command for age; fills zone easily w/ FB. Leans heavily on FB presently and likely will need to incorporate more secondary pitches at higher levels.
Curveball 55 77 79 Good natural feel for spin; loose-wristed CB; consistent shape and down action. Deep 11-5 tilt w/ ingredients of solid-avg pitch w/ some potential to miss bats. Still figuring out to harness the pitch in the zone and not just to chase down/out.
Changeup 50 87 88 Limited usage of CH/ third pitch; throws too firmly in upper-80s, but shows enough action to dream it gets to average. Flashes late, darting, lateral movement to armside w/ some present ability to sell the pitch out front. Will need refinement and utilize more at higher levels.
Control 55     Mowing through undisciplined low-minors hitters due to advanced control/command of sinking fastball. Polished strikethrower w/ FB; starter's control; still developing feel to land secondaries for strikes; has the delivery to progress overall strikes with CB and CH.

Breakout low-minors RHP in 2016; ceiling of reliable rotation piece; frame to eat innings w/ flashes of three pitches and very advanced control of sinking FB. Likely more appealing because of his floor than his ceiling; has lots of projectable big league starter ingredients and can realistically reach his ceiling. High risk due to age and proximity to big leagues, and still-required incorporation of secondary pitches. Pittsburgh is conservative w/ pitching prospects, so expecting 2018-2019 debut.

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