Brad Keller Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 5" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 7/27/1995 (27)
Brad Keller Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Brad Keller News
Kansas City Royals right-hander Brad Keller was tasked with the ninth inning on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, keeping them scoreless while striking out two to record his first career save in the 4-1 game. Keller, a starter most of his career, was moved to the bullpen in August after struggling in the rotation. The 27-year-old owns a 5.08 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with 98 punchouts across 136.1 innings. He hasn't faired well out of the pen either, posting a 6.43 ERA and 1.86 WHIP in 10 outings. Fantasy managers should pay almost no attention to the save, as Scott Barlow had the day off, and Keller is likely far down the closer depth chart.
The Kansas City Royals placed starting pitcher Brad Keller (lat) on the 10-day injured list due to a right lat strain on Friday. Keller was removed from his last start on Thursday in the fifth inning and he was initially diagnosed with posterior right shoulder discomfort. Early indications suggest that he could miss multiple weeks. Royals manager Mike Matheny told the press, "There are still tests to be run, but right now, I'm not excited about this being a post-shoulder issue." We should have a better idea of his estimated timeline soon. Relief pitcher Josh Staumont was activated from the injured list to fill Keller's roster spot.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller (shoulder) was lifted in the fifth inning of Thursday's game against the Seattle Mariners. After surrendering a home run to Kyle Seager in the fifth inning, he began favoring his right arm and he was visited by the team's trainer. He was diagnosed with posterior right shoulder discomfort. After the game, Royals manager Mike Matheny stated that the Royals would have to carefully monitor the injury. He will be evaluated again on Friday. Keller had delivered two consecutive quality starts before Thursday's outing. His final line on Thursday was 4 1/3 innings, five hits, four walks, two earned runs and three strikeouts.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Brad Keller had a strong 2020 season, but still seems to be undervalued by fantasy managers. It's easy to doubt Keller, after all, he threw just 54 2/3 innings last year. His numbers are skewed by a complete-game shutout and everyone knows Keller's 2.47 ERA should regress because his skill-based ERA metrics - a 4.82 SIERA and a 4.33 xFIP - suggest he got lucky last season. A career-low .233 BABIP and an unsustainable 5.1 percent home run to fly ball ratio also scream regression is coming for Keller. The interesting thing with Keller, however, is he can take a step back and still be useful in fantasy. The former Rule 5 draft pick has been a staple in the Royals' rotation since 2018 and Kansas City will lean on Keller to eat innings. Keller is a risky starter in fantasy as he won't rack up strikeouts, but he is a master of the ground ball with a 52.1 percent career ground ball rate and a career launch angle of just 8.1 degrees. The 25-year-old isn't a must-roster player in all leagues, but an average draft position of 285th overall is overcorrecting for expected regression. Target Keller as early as 250th overall as he has plenty of sleeper appeal, especially in leagues that reward innings and quality starts.