Pirates Pitcher Mitch Keller

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Pirates Top Prospect Mitch Keller Is Making His PNC Park Debut

Our Pirates Insider Jason Mackey Shares His Thoughts

Kraig Riley
June 18, 2019 - 6:05 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The FAN) - The first inning has been a nightmare for Mitch Keller in his first two starts and Pirates fans will get their first look at him in person as he's making his PNC Park debut Tuesday night.

So what can we expect from him in his third career Major League start?  The PM Team had our Pirates Insider Jason Mackey on to talk about Keller and expectations for him.

"If the Pirates went with the strategy where they didn't have Mitch Keller pitch until about the second or third inning, I'm not sure I could blame them." Mackey said.

Jason did add that despite his struggles, the Detroit Tigers lineup he's facing is pretty bad this year and could afford him the luxury of working through them in short order.

In the big picture sense, Jason also talked with us about Keller's development and if it says anything about the Pirates inability to develop a true ace.

Click the audio link below to hear his answer to that question and many more on the Pirates, including if and when they could enter a rebuild mode.

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