Draft : : Prospect Scouting Reports
Draft Focus: Mitch Keller
Published: Thursday, May 01, 2014
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Mitch Keller Perfect Game profile
Birthdate: April 4, 1996
High School: Xavier
City, State: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Travel Team: PG Iowa Select
Commitment: North Carolina
Projected Draft Round: 2-3
If you cup your hands behind your ears you can just barely hear the scouting buzz starting to come from Iowa righthander Mitch Keller’s early performances.
If Keller happened to go to high school in Orlando, Fla., or Long Beach, Calif., that buzz would be reaching a crescendo now only five weeks before the draft. However, due to the nature of high school baseball in Iowa and Keller’s rapid improvement over the last six months, teams are just now starting to realize that the Cedar Rapids native might be the best high school pitching prospect in the Midwest.
Keller has always been a well-known prospect regionally and his early commitment to North Carolina certainly indicates that others were noticing, too. His older brother, Jon, was an 11thround pick out of high school when he was topping out at 95 mph and is now pitching in the South Atlantic League with the Baltimore Orioles after college stints at Nebraska and Tampa. So the family baseball name was well established beforehand.
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