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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Dallas Keuchel reached the majors with the Houston Astros in 2012.

[edit] Amateur Career

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.

His junior year at Arkansas, Keuchel went 9-3 with a 3.92 ERA. He tied for third in the Southeastern Conference in wins, behind Louis Coleman and Anthony Ranaudo.

[edit] 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.

[edit] Majors

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.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL Gold Glove Winner (2014)
  • AL Complete Games Leader (2014)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (2014)

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