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More Recognition for Barrett Barnes and Mitch Keller

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Yesterday, we named the Pirates Prospects Player of the Month and the Pitcher of the Month for August/September. Barrett Barnes was named the Player of the Month for the second straight month, becoming the first player to accomplish that in the four years we have picked the best each month. Mitch Keller was named the Pitcher of the Month, capping off a very impressive season. Both players got more recognition on Wednesday morning, as Barnes was named the Eastern League Player of the Month and Keller was chosen for Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star team.

Barnes was named the Eastern League Player of the Week twice last month. He hit .360/.434/.709 in 26 games during the month of August. On the season, he hit .306/.377/.477 in 124 games, which is 29 more games than he has played in any other season since being drafted in 2012. Barnes and Altoona begin their playoff run tonight at home against Akron.

Keller had an incredible season in which he kept getting better all year. He finished the regular season with a 2.35 ERA in 130.1 innings, with 138 strikeouts, a .212 BAA, and an 0.92 WHIP, as well as just 19 walks all season. In his playoff start last night for Bradenton, he faltered a little with three runs on five hits and three walks in 5.1 innings, but he also hit 99 MPH and picked up eight strikeouts.

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John Dreker
John Dreker
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.

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