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June 27, 2014

Raising Aces

Houston, We Have Lift-Off

by Doug Thorburn


The Astros have unearthed a couple of legitimate All-Star candidates in their rotation this season, and though neither pitcher fits the “high-ceiling prospect mold” that has become characteristic of the franchise, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh have quickly ascended from afterthoughts to valuable assets for the organization. Is their performance merely a blip on the radar, with regression looming to take each of them down a peg, or are there legitimate reasons to get excited about either of these two pitchers? Let's dig in.

Dallas Keuchel
Keuchel is a 6'3” left-hander whom Houston selected in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. He steadily climbed the organizational ladder with an approach that learned toward commanding the strike zone and keeping the ball on the ground.

Year

GS

IP

ERA

K %

BB %

H %

HR %

2013

22

153.7

5.15

18.0%

8.1%

27.0%

2.9%

2014

15

103.7

2.78

20.2%

6.3%

21.4%

1.2%

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