Brad Keller

Age 24 SP
  • Born 07/27/1995
  • Bats R
  • Team: Kansas City Royals
2019 Statistics
W-L
7-14
IP
165.1
ERA
4.19
WHIP
1.35
K
122
K%
17.2
2020 Prediction
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2018
2019
Changeup
2.0% Thrown 88.3 MPH 16 CSW%
Four-Seamer
66.3% Thrown 93.4 MPH 24.5 CSW%
Slider
31.7% Thrown 84.8 MPH 27 CSW%

Keller basically stopped throwing his changeup last season, dropping its usage rate from 4.1% all the way to 1.99%.

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Keller throws both a four-seam fastball and a sinker, averaging 93.35 mph with both. He struggled a bit more inducing ground balls with them compared to 2018 but still managed to end the season with a 50% ground-ball rate.

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Already Keller’s secondary pitch during his rookie season, he bumped its usage from 26.2% to 31.68% in 2019. He also managed to take some of the pace off it, down to 84.84 mph compared to 85.9 mph the previous season.

GIF made by Andy Patton. Blurb written by Ryan Smythe
2018
2019
Four-Seamer
44.6% Thrown 94.3 MPH
Slider
26.2% Thrown 85.6 MPH
Two-Seamer
25.3% Thrown 93.1 MPH
Changeup
4.0% Thrown 88.4 MPH

Keller’s four-seam fastball limited batters to a slash line of .266/.360/.348 in 2018. It was not a standout pitch, but it was certainly not a negative for Keller.

The slider is Keller’s put-away pitch, as he mostly kept it out of the strike zone. A 13.7% whiff rate isn’t incredible but still solid, and its .276 slugging allowed made it a great contact manager.

Keller’s two-seam fastball is a ground-ball machine. He kept 65.5% of its batted balls on the ground. A .253 BABIP my be unsustainable, but its weak contact abilities made it a plus pitch for Keller.

Keller hardly utilized his changeup, throwing just 86 of them. It was knocked around to a .521 wOBA in that small sample.

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