- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 210 lb.
- School University of Arkansas
- High School Bishop Kelley High School
- Debut June 17, 2012
Keuchel was 7-1 with a 1.98 ERA as a high school sophomore, when Bishop Kelley High School won the state title. As a senior, he had a 10-0, 1.57 record and the school again won the state title. He also was an All-5A East selection as a quarterback in football. Going on to college at the University of Arkansas, he was 6-3 with a save and a 5.88 ERA as a freshman. He went 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA for the Wareham Gatemen in the 2007 Cape Cod League, leading the league with 59 innings pitched. His sophomore campaign, he improved to 4-3, 4.58. In summer ball, he was 1-3 with a 2.63 ERA for Wareham and was 4th in the Cape Cod with 54 2/3 innings.
Minor League Career
Selected by the Houston Astros in the seventh round of the 2009 amateur draft, Keuchel was scouted by Jim Stevenson. He made his pro debut that summer with the Tri-City ValleyCats, going 2-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 outings. He only walked 9 in 56 2/3 IP. Had he qualified, he would have tied for 9th in the New York-Penn League in ERA. He split 2010 between the Lancaster JetHawks (5-8, 3.36) and Corpus Christi Hooks (2-6, 4.70). He led Astros farmhands in losses, tied Josh Banks for the most complete games (3) and was second in whiffs (133, 4 behind Jordan Lyles).
He was a Texas League All-Star in 2011, when he went 9-7 with a 3.17 in 20 games before a late-season promotion to the Oklahoma City RedHawks (1-1, 7.50). The other TL All-Star hurlers in '11 were Joe Wieland, Brad Brach, Shelby Miller, Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker. He was 4th in the TL in ERA behind Shoemaker, Jorge Reyes and Richards. He led Astros minor leaguers in victories one season after leading in losses.
He went 5-4 with a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts for Oklahoma City at the beginning of the 2012 campaign before being called up by the Astros in mid-June when Bud Norris went on the disabled list. He was the second 2009 Razorback pitcher to make it to the majors in 2012, following Drew Smyly.
He made his big league debut on June 17, 2012 starting against the Texas Rangers and giving up just one earned run (but walking four) in 5 innings. He had tossed shutout ball for five innings and was leading Colby Lewis, 1-0, before Nelson Cruz opened the 6th with a hit. Fernando Rodriguez relieved and blew the lead, letting the inherited runner score and taking the defeat. He earned his first major league win on June 23rd when he beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-1 at home, throwing a complete game. He ended his first season at 3-8, 5.27, making 16 starts. The Astros moved to the American League in 2013 and Keuchel moved between the bullpen and starting rotation, making 22 starts in 31 appearances for a record of 6-10, 5.15. He had 123 strikeouts in 153 2/3 innings. He tied Jordan Lyles and Mike Pelfrey for 10th in the 2013 AL in earned runs allowed (88). The Astros' pitching was so poor that season that his innings pitched actually led the staff and he was only one win behind Lyles for the team lead; he and Erik Bedard were the only two pitchers to record over 100 strikeouts. These statistical quirks were partly the result of the Astros having traded their best pitcher, Bud Norris, halfway through the season.
Dallas took a big step forward at the start of the 2014 season, pitching like a true staff ace. On May 13th, he recorded his first career shutout in defeating the Texas Rangers, 8-0, to improve to 4-2 on the year. Showing that the Astros were still a struggling team, it was their first complete game of the year. He made highlight reels on May 25th with a beautiful - albeit unintentional - defensive play against the Seattle Mariners: in the 1st inning, Robinson Cano hit a comebacker through the mound that Keuchel kicked with his heel - directly into the glove of first baseman Marc Krauss for an easy out ! He had another outstanding start that day, throwing a complete game four-hitter for a 4-1 win, improving to 6-2 on the year. He had an excellent season overall, ending up with a record of 12-9 for a team that was improved but still finished well below .500, with an ERA of 2.93. His 5 complete games were the most in the American League and only less than major league leader Clayton Kershaw. He pitched exactly 200 innings and recorded 146 strikeouts.
He then started the 2015 season red hot, as he was named the AL Pitcher of the Month in April on the strength of 3-0 record, an 0.73 ERA and 22 strikeouts in a league-leading 37 innings. The Astros won all five of his starts and were in an unfamiliar position, on top of the AL West standings, at the end of the month. He was the first Astros pitcher to win the award since Wandy Rodriguez back in 2009. He had another great game on May 30th when he shut out the Chicago White Sox on four hits, striking out a career-high 11, to improve to 7-1 on the year. He repeated as AL Pitcher of the Month, having gone 4-1, 2.62 with 38 strikeouts in 44 2/3 innings in May. On June 25th, he struck out 12, adding one to the career high set three weeks earlier, in pitching a six-hit shutout over the New York Yankees. He was named to the major league All-Star team for the first time on the strength of a record of 11-4, 2.23 over the first half, during which he led the AL in both wins and ERA. He received the honor of starting the game for the American League at Great American Ball Park, giving up an unearned run in tow innings. In his first start after the game, on July 19th, he once again increased his career-high for strikeouts in a game, this time logging 13 in 7 scoreless innings in a 10-0 win over the Texas Rangers. He was the AL's Pitcher of the Month for the third time in August, when he went 4-1, 1.94 with 41 strikeouts in 41 2/3 innings. On October 2nd, he became a twenty-game winner in defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks, 21-5, in the highest-scoring game in team history. The last pitcher to win 20 games for the Astros had been Roy Oswalt in 2005. His 20 wins were the most in the league, while his ERA of 2.48 was second in the league, just behind David Price's 2.45. He also set a record by going 15-0 at home, the most home wins without a loss in a season. He then started and won the Wild Card Game against the Yankees on October 6th, pitching 6 scoreless innings during which he struck out 7, walked 1 and allowed only 3 singles. he then started and won Game 3 of the Division Series, 4-2 over the Kansas City Royals, and was used in relief in Game 5 in a desperate attempt by manager A.J. Hinch to keep his team alive, but he was touched for three runs in one inning as Kansas City eventually won, 7-2. After the season, he was voted the winner of the 2015 American League Cy Young Award, finishing ahead of David Price.
On May 2, 2016, he lost a home start to the Minnesota Twins, 6-2, ending a streak of 17 straight victories at home. He could not repeat his success from the previous season, finishing the season at 9-12, 4.55 in 26 starts. He pitched 168 innings and struck out 144. In 2017, however, he had an excellent month of April, going 5-0 in 6 starts with an ERA of 1.21 and was named the AL Pitcher of the Month. He then spent 10 days on the disabled list in May because of a pinched nerve in his neck, but came back to win his next two starts to improve to 9-0 after 11 outings. However, on June 8th, he returned to the DL, his neck problem having flared up again.
- AL All-Star (2015)
- 2015 AL Cy Young Award
- 3-time AL Gold Glove Winner (2014-2016)
- AL Wins Leader (2015)
- AL Innings Pitched Leader (2015)
- AL Complete Games Leader (2014)
- AL Shutouts Leader (2015)
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2015)
- 20 Wins Seasons: 1 (2015)
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2014 & 2015)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (2015)
|AL Cy Young Award|
|Corey Kluber||Dallas Keuchel||Rick Porcello|
- Ted Berg: "Dallas Keuchel admits he 'sucked' last season. Here's why he'll rebound in 2017", "For the Win!", USA Today Sports, February 15, 2017. 
- Richard Justice: "Keuchel has quickly ascended to elite level: Bullpen session in spring 2014 was turning point for Astros ace", March 30, 2016. 
- Brian McTaggart: "Shoulder an issue for Keuchel throughout '16: Astros lefty regrets not letting club know sooner; feels 'brand new' this year", mlb.com, February 16, 2017. 
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "Astros' Dallas Keuchel wins AL Cy Young award", USA Today Sports, November 18, 2015.