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Dbacks MiLB Round-Up 5/18: Keller Tosses a Gem

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Brad Keller just keeps doing his thing. He put up 7 2/3 shutout innings on 4 hits last night in Visalia's 1-0 win with 6 strikeouts and an 8/4 groundout to flyout ratio. It's hard not to get a little excited that Keller will develop into that classic innings-eating middle-of-the-rotation starter as early as 2018 or 2019. He's only 20 putting up solid numbers in the brutal California League by inducing lots of groundball outs, validated by his current 2.88 groundout to flyout ratio. It's easy to think of Brandon Webb when you look at him with a very similar build and that reliable sinker. He hasn't flashed quite the same strikeout numbers Webb did in the minors and that's certainly a bit of a red flag, and perhaps what some might consider a big red flag. So he's probably still lacking a true put-away pitch that will cement his future as a reliable big-league starter, and that's what we'll be looking for over the next couple years of his development. Lots to like so far though.

Snake Stars
3 Stars: Brad Keller, Visalia 7.2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W (3-2)
2 Stars: Edgar Garcia, Mobile 6 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 ER
1 Star: Jason Morozowski, Kane County 3 for 4, 1 R
0 Stars: Cody Reed, Kane County 2.1 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 ER, L (3-2)

AAA: Reno -Off Day

AA: Mobile 1 Jackson 3. Edgar Garcia was outstanding allowing just one run over 6 innings on 6 hits, no walks and 6 strikeouts. He allowed the tying run in the 6th on a single, a sacrifice bunt, a fielder's choice and a sacrifice fly. Adam Miller proceeded to surrender runs in the 7th and 8th innings and that proved to be the difference. The offense wasn't up to the task with 7 hits, all but one singles. Ildemaro Vargas and Jamie Westbrook each had 2 hits. Westbrook has his average up to .267.

A+: Visalia 1 @ Modesto 0. Brad Keller was superb putting up zeros for 7 2/3 innings in the midst of a tight pitcher's duel. Visalia didn't grab the lead until the top of the 7th on a fielding error following a Colin Bray double. Keller was still cruising into the 8th but was removed with a runner on 1st and 2 outs despite having only thrown 82 pitches. Luis Ramirez got eh final out in the 8th. Austin Wright entered for the 9th and allowed a single with one out before getting a wild pitch strikeout for the 2nd out. Wright then uncorked another wild pitch and the runner was thrown out at home trying to score from second to end the game. The offense tallied just 4 hits with Chuck Taylor having one plus a couple of walks.

A: Kane County 3 Peoria 5. Cody Reed's dominance came to an abrupt end with a poor outing in which he couldn't get out of the 3rd inning before allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks. It was easily his worst start of the year after dominating in his first 4 starts. The offense rallied a bit with a run in the 6th and 2 more in the 7th to cut the lead to 5-3. But that was as close as they got. Jason Morozowski led the 9-hit attack with 3 singles.