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Live Discussion: Pirates at Reds, 7:10 PM; Mitch Keller’s MLB Debut


After winning game one of a day-night doubleheader this afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-25) and Cincinnati Reds (24-29) play game two at 7:10 PM tonight. It’s Mitch Keller’s Major League debut.

We posted two articles this morning dealing with Keller and his debut. The first is part of our ongoing “Book On” series, highlighting the history of top prospects and what got them to the majors. Here’s Keller’s if you missed it this morning.

Article two today was about the Pirates avoiding Keller going down the same path as other top pitching prospects, Tyler Glasnow, Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.

If you missed it from last week, in anticipation of Keller debuting today, we took a look back at the debuts of those three pitchers.

To make room on the 25-man roster for Keller, Montana DuRapau has been optioned to Indianapolis.

Game two for the Reds will be righty Sonny Gray, who has a 3.78 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP and 57 strikeouts in 50 innings. He faced the Pirates in each of his first two starts this season, allowing three runs in 2.2 innings in his debut, followed by one run over 6.2 innings on April 5th.

Here are the lineups

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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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