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Below Deck: Confident Keller on fast track

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Mitch Keller. - ALTOONA CURVE

ALTOONA, Pa. — On a recent late afternoon, members of the Altoona Curve were milling about their narrow clubhouse at Peoples Natural Gas Field. From a couch, Mitch Keller and a few others were taking in the end of the Pirates-Cubs game that played on a large-screen TV, one of the few luxuries of Class AA.

From the outside looking in, Wrigley Field must seem a million miles away. For most minor-leaguers,  even at AA, the odds of making the big leagues are stacked against them. When they talk, they speak of the show like it's some sort of dream.

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