BRADENTON, Fla. -- Mitch Keller had a rough time in his first major-league spring training camp but that doesn’t affect his status as one of baseball’s top pitching prospects.
Keller was among eight players in the Pirates’ first round of cuts on Saturday. He was optioned to triple-A Indianapolis along with fellow right-handers JT Brubaker and Luis Escobar. Reassigned to minor-league camp were left-handers Elvis Escobar and Blake Weiman, righties Dario Agrazal and Eduardo Vera and catcher Jason Delay.
Keller allowed 10 runs and 10 hits in four innings during three Grapefruit League appearances. He walked three and struck out only one.