Altoona's Keller captures pitching honor

Pirates top prospect struck out 14 in 13 2/3 innings last week

Mitch Keller is tied for second in the Eastern League with five wins this season. (Terrance Williams/MiLB.com)

By Chris Bumbaca / MiLB.com | May 21, 2018 4:15 PM ET

After battling inconsistency to begin the season, Mitch Keller strung together a pair of solid starts last week for Double-A Altoona. 

The results not only gave the Pirates' top-ranked prospect something to build on, but provided him with some hardware, too.

Keller garnered Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors after going 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in two starts. Over 13 2/3 innings, he struck out 14 and allowed nine hits with three walks.

Video: Keller notches seventh strikeout for Altoona

Against Richmond last Tuesday, Keller gave up one run over seven innings, striking out seven. On Sunday, MLB.com's No. 14 overall prospect yielded a pair of runs and fanned seven more against Portland in the Curve's 12-3 win. 


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Keller (5-2) owns a 3.02 ERA and has struck out 44 batters, which leads the organization, over 47 2/3 innings this season. 

The 22-year-old earned Pitcher of the Week honors twice last year, once as a member of Class A Advanced Bradenton in the Florida State League and again with Glendale in the Arizona Fall League. 

Below is the complete list of Minor League Pitcher of the Week winners from May 14-20.

League Player Team MLB Stats
International Shane Bieber Columbus CLE 1-0, 0.61 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 14 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 15 K
Pacific Coast Dennis Santana Oklahoma City LAD 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K
Eastern Mitch Keller Altoona PIT 2-0, 1.98 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 2/3 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 14 K
Southern Taylor Widener Jackson ARI 2-0, 0.69 ERA, 2 G, 2 GS, 13 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 15 K
Texas Cionel Pérez Corpus Christi HOU 2-0, 1.93 ERA, 2 G, 1 GS, 9 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 14 K
California Ljay Newsome Modesto SEA 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 8 2/3 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
Carolina Edgar Arredondo Down East TEX 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K
Florida State Alex Faedo Lakeland DET 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 5 K
Midwest Tyler Mondile Dayton CIN 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 1 SHO, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
South Atlantic Bruce Zimmermann Rome ATL 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 G, 1 GS, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor for MiLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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