Two Pittsburgh Pirates draft picks made their debut today in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday morning. Mitch Keller started the game, while Trey Supak followed him. Both pitchers signed for $1,000,000 bonuses after being selected 64th(Keller) and 73rd overall. Keller threw two shutout innings, while Supak threw 1.2 shutout innings. Neither of the 18-year-old right-handers walked a batter and they both had two strikeouts.
We have four videos below courtesy of the GCL Pirates fan page. Two for each player, starting with Keller warming up before an inning.
Mitch Keller in the bullpen
Trey Supak warming up in the bullpen
Here is Supak warming up before an inning
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.