Kansas City Royals: Brad Keller could be future ace for Royals

Brad Keller #56 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Brad Keller #56 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

Brad Keller threw another gem for the Kansas City Royals and it’s looking promising for him to be at the top of KC’s rotation in the future.

When the Kansas City Royals acquired Brad Keller through the Rule 5 Draft this past offseason, they had to either keep him on the roster all year long or he’d go back to the Arizona Diamondbacks. They obviously are going to hang onto Keller, as the 22-year old right-handed pitcher has been on fire this season and has the makings of a star!

Keller started off in the bullpen, where he was one of the most reliable relievers for Kansas City. When Eric Skoglund was injured, Keller got his chance to shine as a starter and it’s unlikely that he gets sent back to the pen any time soon.

So far, Keller has a sparkling 2.25 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and a 2-2 record in 48 innings pitched. His performance on Monday against the Angels was a beaut, as he twirled seven scoreless innings while only allowing two hits. He struck out six batters while walking only two.

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Keller’s offense only gave him two runs of support, but he persevered and got the Royals their 24th win of the season. In a year where the Kansas City Royals are atrocious, Brad Keller is one of the few bright spots and is showing that he will easily be at the top of the team’s rotation over the next few years.

When Keller is scheduled to toe the slab, Royals fans actually get excited and are confident that their team has a chance to win the game. The fact that both he and Jakob Junis are young up and coming pitchers should excite Royals fans for what the future has in store.

Danny Duffy was given an extension a few years ago to be the ace of the Kansas City Royals and hasn’t lived up to the hype. The Royals will need to turn to someone in the next few years and Brad Keller could be that guy. He’s only 22 years old too, so if he continues to pitch this well, the Royals really could have stumbled into something special with Keller.

At this point, Keller could even be the Royals’ representative in the All-Star Game now that Kelvin Herrera is in Washington D.C. Keller would deserve it too. The kid has been phenomenal in both roles he’s been asked to perform in.