By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
June 2, 2011
Danny Keller is seen here, and the obvious factors are why he’s easy to like — long, lean, loose, good body, physically projectable. But the video doesn’t tell you the whole story.
In this look, Keller was pitching with a nasty blister on his finger. I know for a fact because he showed it to me after the game. He was 89-91 in this look, pitching mostly with his fastball. So what does this teach us? Well, the guy mounted up, strapped it on, and won a playoff game on the road against a team and a pitcher he wasn’t supposed to beat. You can throw out whatever else you have in your notebook and take those two factors to the bank. Some guys are quietly very determined. Some guys are loud. Some guys are growing into who they are as pitchers even as they grow into their fastballs. Some guys have rocky moments as high school pitchers on their way to maturity. Some guys develop at different paces and the majority of the baseball business never stops for two seconds to look at the whole picture.
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