Monday, December 12, 2011

Prospect Countdown: #38 Patrick Keating

#38 Patrick Keating

Position: RHP
Age: 24
Height: 6-0
Weight: 220
B/T: R/R
Acquired: 20th Round of 2009 Amateur Draft
From: Harrisburg, IL

Patrick Keating entered Spring Training in 2011, with an outside shot at cracking the Major League bullpen. This wasn't an absurd possibility considering the Florida product was coming off a 2010 campaign that saw in K 12.2 batters per 9 innings in Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas. But after getting knocked around a bit in the Cactus League he was ticketed for a return to Springdale in 2011.

Unfortunately, Keating struggled in 2011 and battled some injuries, which never allowed him to push for Kansas City. Keating still has a mid 90s fastball and at times will flash a very good slider. Keating still needs to improve before he can be a mid league arm. But eventually he could develop into a very solid member of the bullpen.

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