Brian Keller Worcester Red Sox Pitcher

       
 
Age: 28
Born: July 21, 1994
Birthplace: Germantown, WI
Height: 6-3 
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 39th round, 2016 by NYY
How Acquired: Selected in the Minor League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft from the NYY (Dec. 2021)
College: WI-Milwaukee
High School: Germantown (WI)
   

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Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract: June 22, 2016 (NYY)
Signing Scout: -
Signing Bonus: N/A
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2022
   
Pro Debut: June 28, 2016 (GCL Yankees)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @bkell721

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Solid, durable frame. Has some remaining projection.

Mechanics: Clean, high three-quarters delivery. Starts on the third base side. Takes a step toward first base before coming forward. Medium leg kick.

Fastball: 91-93 mph. Tops out at 95 mph. Arm-side run. Command and control need significant work.

Curveball: Low 70s with 11-to-5 break. Emerged as his primary secondary pitch in 2021.

Changeup: Low 80s with arm-side fade.

Cutter: Will mix in on occasion.

Slider: Work in progress.
  Career Notes: Horizon League Pitcher of the Year as a senior for Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016. Late-round pick as a senior sign for the Yankees. Not invited to the Alternate Training Site in 2020. Selected by Boston in the minor league phase of the 2021 Rule 5 Draft. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up.  Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022.

Summation: Potential high-minors organizational depth arm. Ceiling of an up-and-down major league reliever. Wide range of outcomes for someone in the high minors. Stuff improved after moving to the bullpen in 2021. Currently has five pitches, but could stand to pare down his arsenal and focus on two or three. Where his command and control go likely will determine future potential.

Note: This page will be updated with a complete scouting report after the scouting team has seen the player in person.

Links
Scouting Report Update (3.9.2022)
 
   
     
    Pitching Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2013 UW Milwaukee Horiz NCAA --- 19 2 1 4.81 16 2 0 33.2 37 24 18 0 5 16 17 1.57 4.54 4.28
  2014 UW Milwaukee Horiz NCAA --- 20 2 7 4.26 14 13 0 82.1 85 48 39 6 11 24 54 1.32 5.90 2.62
  2015 UW Milwaukee Horiz NCAA --- 21 4 6 3.50 15 14 0 97.2 105 49 38 4 10 20 65 1.28 5.99 1.84
  2016 UW Milwaukee Horiz NCAA --- 22 10 3 3.10 15 15 0 107.1 109 41 37 1 9 20 103 1.20 8.64 1.68
  2016 GCL Yankees GCL Rk NYY 22 0 0 0.00 7 0 1 20.0 11 1 0 0 1 1 23 0.60 10.35 0.45
  2016 Pulaski Yankees App Rk NYY 22 1 0 1.89 5 2 0 19 17 6 4 0 1 5 25 1.16 11.84 2.37
  2016 Staten Island Yankees NYPL A- NYY 22 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0.50 13.50 4.50
  2017 Charleston RiverDogs SAL A NYY 23 6 5 3.29 14 14 0 82.0 77 34 30 4 5 17 90 1.15 9.88 1.87
  2017 Tampa Yankees FSL A+ NYY 23 5 3 2.90 10 10 0 62.0 59 21 20 2 3 11 67 1.13 9.73 1.60
  2018 Trenton Thunder East AA NYY 24 10 9 3.74 22 21 0 125.0 120 55 52 13 7 37 114 1.26 8.21 2.66
  2019 Staten Island Yankees NYPL A- NYY 25 0 0 0.00 1 1 0 6.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.50 6.00 0.00
  2019 Trenton Thunder East AA NYY 25 3 1 2.32 7 7 0 42.2 30 14 11 1 2 10 33 0.94 6.96 2.11
  2019 Scranton/WB RailRiders IL AAA NYY 25 1 2 6.91 5 5 0 27.1 36 21 21 3 1 9 25 1.65 8.23 2.96
  2021 Scranton/WB RailRiders TAE AAA NYY 27 2 2 2.77 26 11 0 55.1 43 21 17 3 3 46 65 1.61 10.57 7.48
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age w l era g gs sv ip h r er hr hbp bb so whip k/9 bb/9
2022 Worcester Red Sox IL AAA Bos 28     stats                            
   
     
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  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Horizon League Pitcher of the Year (2018)   SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (July 25-31, 2022)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (Aug. 1-7, 2022)
SoxProspects.com Pitcher of the Week (Sept. 12-18, 2022)
 
   

   
     
 
 
 
     
 
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