Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel (/ˈkaɪkəl/, KY-kəl; born January 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros.

Keuchel attended the University of Arkansas, where he played baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks. Keuchel made his MLB debut in 2012. In 2014, he was awarded both the Gold Glove Award and the Fielding Bible Award. The next year, Keuchel was named the starting pitcher for the American League in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, and won the Cy Young Award, in addition to his second Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Awards. In 2016, he was awarded a third straight Gold Glove Award, and in 2018 he won it for a fourth time.

Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel signing autographs in Jan 2015
Keuchel with the Houston Astros in 2015
Atlanta Braves – No. 60
Starting pitcher
Born: January 1, 1988 (age 31)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 17, 2012, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through July 17, 2019)
Win–loss record79–66
Earned run average3.66
Strikeouts967
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Dallas Keuchel
Keuchel pitching for the Arkansas Razorbacks

Keuchel attended Bishop Kelley High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he led the baseball team to the state championship.[1]

Keuchel then attended the University of Arkansas, where he played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team. He registered a 5.88 earned run average (ERA) as a freshman, a 4.58 ERA as a sophomore, and a 3.92 ERA as a junior.[2]

During the 2009 season, Keuchel led the Razorbacks as the Friday-night ace. Entering May, Keuchel had a 6–1 record before defeating Anthony Ranaudo and #4 LSU. Keuchel pitched 8.1 innings and allowed only four runs. The following week, the Razorbacks lost at #21 Alabama, 2–1, with Keuchel taking the loss. The final regular season series was against Drew Pomeranz and #9 Ole Miss at Baum Stadium. The Razorbacks committed four errors in Keuchel's last regular season start, and he was tagged with the loss, ending the regular season with a 7–3 record. However, Keuchel led the Arkansas pitching staff to the 2009 College World Series in Omaha. He is remembered best for pitching in the bottom of the 9th inning with two men on and no outs of a CWS elimination game, on short rest, against Virginia to keep Arkansas' National Championship hopes alive. Arkansas finished the CWS 3rd nationally that season thanks in part to Keuchel's pitching.

Professional career

Minor leagues

After his junior year at Arkansas, the Houston Astros selected Keuchel in the seventh round of the 2009 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.[3] He signed with the Astros and began his professional career with the Tri-City ValleyCats of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League, where he had a 2.70 ERA. He began the 2010 season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League. After posting a 3.36 ERA, the Astros promoted him to the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in July, where he had a 4.70 ERA for the remainder of the season. He began the 2011 season with Corpus Christi, and after pitching to a 3.17 ERA, received a promotion to the Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League, where he struggled with a 7.50 ERA.[2]

Houston Astros

2012–14

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Keuchel with the Houston Astros in 2013

Keuchel began the 2012 season with Oklahoma City. Keuchel made his MLB debut on June 17, 2012 against the Texas Rangers.[4] He threw a complete game in his second start.[5] Keuchel finished the 2012 season with a 5.27 ERA in 16 games started, while allowing more walks (39) than strikeouts (38). He pitched to a 5.15 ERA in the 2013 season.[6]

In 2014, Keuchel had a 9–5 win-loss record and a 3.20 ERA at the All-Star break, and was a finalist for the final American League (AL) roster spot in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.[7] He finished the season with a 12–9 record and a 2.93 ERA.[8] For his strong defense, Keuchel won both the Gold Glove Award[9] and Fielding Bible Award.[10]

2015: Cy Young Award

Dallas Keuchel on August 25, 2015
Keuchel pitching in 2015

In April 2015, Keuchel pitched to a 3–0 record and a 0.73 ERA in five games started. He was named the AL's Pitcher of the Month for April 2015.[8] He was honored as the AL Pitcher of the Month for May 2015, in which he pitched to a 4–1 record and a 2.62 ERA in six starts.[11] Keuchel was selected for the AL roster in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game,[12] and was chosen as the AL's starting pitcher.[13] He won his third AL Pitcher of the Month Award for August, after pitching to a 4–1 record and a 1.94 ERA in six starts.[14] Keuchel finished the 2015 season with a 15–0 record at Minute Maid Park, becoming the first pitcher in MLB history to finish with an undefeated record at home with at least 14 wins.[15]

His overall record for the year was 20–8, and he had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts.[16] Among major league pitchers, he gave up the lowest percentage of hard-hit balls (21.3%).[17] He threw 3,492 pitches, more than any other major league pitcher.[18]

Keuchel started and won the 2015 American League Wild Card Game on three days' rest.[19] On October 11, he followed up by beating the Kansas City Royals, 4–2, in Game 3 of the AL Divisional Series, to move the Astros within one game of advancing.[20] In Game 5, Keuchel was brought in for a relief appearance on just 2 days of rest in the 8th inning and surrendered a 3-run home run as the Royals extended their lead to 7–2 which they held on to win the game and the series. Following the season, Keuchel won the Cy Young Award, the Gold Glove Award, the Fielding Bible Award, and the Warren Spahn Award, given to the best left-handed pitcher in MLB.[21] Keuchel became the third Astro to win a Cy Young Award, Mike Scott and Roger Clemens having won the National League honors in 1986 and 2004 respectively.

2017: World Series championship

Keuchel began the 2017 season by winning his fourth career AL Pitcher of the Month Award in April, after posting a 5–0 W–L and 1.21 ERA over six starts. He allowed six runs over ​44 23 IP. He became the first Astros pitcher to win four; J. R. Richard was the other Astros pitcher who had won three. Keuchel joined Bartolo Colón, Félix Hernández, Justin Verlander as active pitchers who had won at least four.[22] He proceeded to start the season with a 7–0 record and a 1.84 ERA; however, on May 20, 2017, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a pinched nerve in his neck.[23]

On June 8, 2017, Keuchel was again placed on the disabled list due to continuing neck woes.[24][25] He was selected to play in the All-Star Game, held at Marlins Park in Miami. It was his second career selection.[26][27]

Keuchel finished 2017 making 23 starts with a 14–5 record, and a 2.90 ERA. The Astros won the American League West division with a 101–61 record, and also won the 2017 World Series.[28]

2018

In 2018, Keuchel compiled a 12–11 record with a 3.74 ERA in a career-high 34 starts.[29] He had the highest ground ball percentage among major league pitchers (53.7%), and the lowest fly ball percentage (24.4%).[30][31] He also won his fourth Gold Glove.[32] He became a free agent after the 2018 season.[33]

Atlanta Braves

2019

On June 7, 2019, Keuchel signed with the Atlanta Braves for one year worth $13 million.[34]

Pitching style

Keuchel throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball averaging 89 miles per hour (143 km/h), a sinker averaging 89 miles per hour (143 km/h), a cut fastball averaging 86 miles per hour (138 km/h), a slider averaging 79 miles per hour (127 km/h), and a changeup averaging 80 miles per hour (130 km/h).[35] He had learned a slurve while in high school, which he did not use in college, as he relied on his sinker and changeup. Needing a breaking ball in his arsenal when he became a professional, he learned to throw a curveball. He did not succeed with the curveball in the major leagues, and he developed a slider, which helped his results.[36] Keuchel's sinker and slider both induce more ground balls than average across the league.[35]

Personal life

Keuchel is the son of Dennis and Teresa Keuchel. He has an older sister, Krista.[37]

References

  1. ^ Allen, Nate (June 11, 2009). "Kelley grad to start Arkansas' opener". Tulsa World. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
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  8. ^ a b "Pro baseball: Bishop Kelley's Dallas Keuchel named AL Pitcher of the Month". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Pro baseball: Bishop Kelley's Dallas Keuchel, former Drillers 3B Nolan Arenado win Gold Gloves". Tulsa World. Retrieved June 25, 2015.
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  12. ^ "Dallas Keuchel joins Jose Altuve as only Astros to make All-Star cut". Ultimate Astros. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  13. ^ Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY Sports (July 13, 2015). "Zack Greinke, Dallas Keuchel named starting pitchers for All-Star Game". USA TODAY. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
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  29. ^ Patrick Corbin, Dallas Keuchel, J.A. Happ: Reds eye top free agents
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  34. ^ Braves, Keuchel finalize 1-year deal
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Rick Porcello
American League
Pitcher of the Month

April 2017
Succeeded by
Lance McCullers Jr.
2009 Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team

The 2009 Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team represented the University of Arkansas in baseball at the Division I level in the NCAA for the 2009 season. Dave van Horn, a former Razorback player, is the coach in his fifth year. The team clinched a berth in the 2009 College World Series with a defeat of the Florida State Seminoles on June 6. The Razorbacks' run in Omaha ended on June 19 when they were defeated by the LSU Tigers, finishing tied for third nationally with the Arizona State Sun Devils.

2015 American League Division Series

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These matchups were:

(1) Kansas City Royals (Central Division champion) vs (5) Houston Astros (Wild Card winner)

(2) Toronto Blue Jays (East Division champion) vs (3) Texas Rangers (West Division champion)This was the first ALDS appearance for both the Astros and Blue Jays. Toronto's last postseason berth came in 1993, the final season of the two-round playoff format. Houston, on the other hand, made its first playoff appearance as an American League team; the franchise's preceding postseason berth came in 2005 while a member of the National League. The Blue Jays and the Rangers, and the Astros and the Royals, met for the first time in postseason play.

2015 American League Wild Card Game

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2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2015 Major League Baseball season

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2017 American League Championship Series

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This was the first time in history that the ALCS and NLCS teams were from the four most populous U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston.For the first time, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; this ALCS was sponsored by Camping World and was officially known as the American League Championship Series presented by Camping World.The Astros would go on to defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series in seven games, winning their first World Series championship in franchise history.

2017 Houston Astros season

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Just four days after the end of the regular season, the Astros met the Red Sox at home in the AL Division Series (ALDS), and defeated them in four games. Houston then advanced to the AL Championship Series (ALCS) and defeated the New York Yankees in seven games for their first American League pennant. It was the second league championship in franchise history, and first since 2005 and they became the first team in history to make it to the World Series as members of both the National League and the American League. Finally, the Astros faced and defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in the World Series, garnering the first World Series title in franchise history.

During the regular season, the Astros featured the highest-scoring offense in the major leagues (896 runs scored), including the highest batting average (.282), on-base percentage (.346), and slugging percentage (.478), led by AL batting champion and second baseman José Altuve (.346). Altuve won a number of distinctions, including Most Valuable Player (AL MVP), Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year, and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. He became just the second Astro to win the MVP, following Jeff Bagwell in 1994. The ALCS MVP was starting pitcher Justin Verlander, and World Series MVP center fielder George Springer.

Manager A. J. Hinch led the on-field team, and general manager Jeff Luhnow presided over the baseball operations department. The Astros sent six players to the 88th All-Star Game held at Marlins Park in Miami, including Altuve, Springer, shortstop Carlos Correa, and pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers Jr., and Chris Devenski. Bagwell, an iconic first baseman who spent his entire 15-year major league career in an Astros uniform, was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 30, 2017.

2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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The Marlins initially were slated to host the 2000 All-Star Game, prior to having it revoked by then-National League president Len Coleman due to the concerns of both the franchise's long-term viability in the South Florida market, along with the habitually low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium. That game was eventually moved to Turner Field in Atlanta.

The American League won, 2–1, in 10 innings. Robinson Canó, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, hit the game winning home run for the American League and was named the 2017 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2018 Houston Astros season

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Ed Wade

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Fielding Bible Award

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Houston Astros award winners and league leaders

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List of Houston Astros Opening Day starting pitchers

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Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award

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Rawlings Gold Glove Award

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Sports in New York's Capital District

Sports in New York's Capital District are very popular, and there is a rich history of professional teams and college athletics.

The "major league" sport of the region is thoroughbred horse racing at the Saratoga Race Course, which has been held annually since 1863 with only a few breaks. The Saratoga Race Course is the oldest racetrack in the US, and possibly the oldest sporting venue of any kind in the country. The Saratoga meet runs for 40 racing days beginning in July and ending on Labor Day, and includes fifteen grade I stakes races. The Travers Stakes, America's "Midsummer Derby" is the highlight of the meet; winners include Man o' War, Whirlaway, Native Dancer, Sword Dancer, Alydar, and Birdstone.

According to legend, the game of baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday of Ballston Spa. The Troy Trojans were a Major League Baseball team in the National League for four seasons from 1879 to 1882. In 1883 the New York Gothams, later the New York and San Francisco Giants, took the Trojans place in the National League. Nearly half of the original Gotham players had been members of the Trojans. Many other Major League ballplayers have had their start at various levels in the Capital District, including former Tri-City ValleyCats' Jose Altuve, Dallas Keuchel, George Springer, Ben Zobrist, and Hunter Pence. Others include Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees who once played for the Albany-Colonie Yankees.NBA head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson, won his first championship ring when he guided the Albany Patroons to the 1984 CBA championship. Three years later, the Patroons completed a 50–6 regular season, including winning all 28 of their home games; at that time, Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl was the Patroons' head coach. Future NBA stars Mario Elie and Vincent Askew were part of that season's squad. A third NBA head coach has roots in the Capital District as well, Pat Riley, most famous as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, but also of the New York Knicks and Miami Heat. Riley played for Linton High School in Schenectady, where he was also a football star. He also played on the Schenectady Little League Baseball team when in 1954 it won the Little League Baseball World Series.

Mike Tyson received his early training in the Capital District and his first professional fight was in Albany in 1985 and Tyson's first televised fight was in Troy in 1986. He fought professionally four times in Albany and twice each in Troy and Glens Falls between 1985 and 1986.

Since 1973, the AKRFC, has been promoting rugby and now includes a DII men's team, a DI women's team, and youth rugby all across the Capital Region. They play on Dick Green Field at 100 Frisbie Ave, Albany, named after the late Dick Green who suffered a heart attack while practicing at Lincoln Park.

Since 2002, The Tri-City ValleyCats have won three New York-Penn League titles, and have captured seven Stedler Division titles.

Since 1988, the Siena College men's basketball team (the Siena Saints) have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, and 2010).

Since 2005, the University at Albany Great Danes men's basketball team has appeared in five NCAA Tournaments (2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, and 2015).

The University at Albany Great Danes women's basketball team has made six consecutive NCAA Tournaments (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017).

Roller derby leagues in the area include Albany's Albany All-Stars Roller Derby, Troy's Hellions of Troy Roller Derby. and Capital District Men's Roller Derby.

Two-seam fastball

A two-seam fastball is a pitch in baseball and a variant of the straight fastball. The pitch has the speed of a fastball and can also include late breaking action caused by varying the pressure of the index and middle fingers on the ball.

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