Entering the season as Arkansas’ most experienced starter, Keuchel hopes to improve upon a second strong summer in Cape Cod ... Was a Cape Cod League West All-Star for the Wareham Gatemen ... A possible Friday night starter which was a role he filled some in 2008 ... Looked outstanding in fall practices, helping to solidify his position as one of Arkansas’ starters ... Increased his velocity over the summer to move his fastball into the low 90s with an outstanding change-up and breaking pitch.
Earned a spot in the weekend rotation after a brilliant spot start against LSU, where he pitched a complete game and allowed just four runs on a Sunday when Arkansas’ bullpen needed rest ... Finished the year with a 4-3 record and 4.58 ERA in 74.2 innings and 11 starts ... Was second on the club in wins (4), starts (11) and strikeouts (61) ... Named the SEC Pitcher of the Week on May 12 after holding South Carolina to one run over eight innings with a career high 10 strikeouts ... On a Friday night at Florida pitched a career high 8.1 innings and allowed just one run on six hits ... Threw five or more innings in six of his 11 starts and had a 2 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio ... Was 2-1 against the SEC with a 4.72 ERA over 47.2 innings and 30 strikeouts.
SEC All-Freshman Team ... Went 6-3 on the mound with a save in with nine starts and 24 appearances ... Pitched 52 innings and accumulated a 5.88 ERA, striking out 49 and walking just 19 ... Served all roles as a freshman: starting, long relief, set-up man and closer, and was 2-1 out of the bullpen over 22.1 innings ... Allowed seven of 16 inherited runners to score ... Earned his first win against Kansas on March 9 by throwing 3.2 innings and allowing two earned runs ... Won back-to-back starts against Missouri St. and Wichita St. (April 18 & 25), on pitch count starts that combined for 5.2 innings and two runs with six strikeouts ... His sixth win of the year came from the bullpen against Ole Miss, when Arkansas clinched the SEC West title in a dramatic come-from-behind affair ... Earned the start in the SEC Tournament Championship Game.
Has pitched two seasons for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League ... Earned an all-star bid for the West Division ... Was just 1-3 for the Gatemen his second year, but was consistently among the league leaders in innings pitched and ERA ... Ended the 2008 season with a 2.63 ERA over 54.2 innings ... Struck out 36 while walking 13 and allowed 55 hits in nine appearances and eight starts ... In his first stint, he led the league in innings pitched with 59, going 2-4 with a 3.20 ERA ... He struck out 45 and walked just 15.
Bishop Kelley High School
A three-time all-Metro Lakes honoree and two-time MLC Pitcher of the Year ... Led the Comets to three 5A state finals and two state championships (2004, 2006) ... As a senior went 10-0 with a 1.57 ERA and 94 strikeouts ... Held opponents to a .170 batting average ... Won his second pitcher of the year award and was named first-team Tulsa World All-Metro ... As a junior, took first-team all-Metro Lakes and second-team Tulsa World All-Metro ... Sophomore year, was 7-1 on the mound with a 1.98 ERA and 61 strikeouts ... Earned co-Pitcher of the Year honors and led Bishop Kelley to a state title ... Also played Football and was an All-5A East Quarterback by the Oklahoma Football Coaches Association.
Keuchel is the son of Dennis and Tresa Keuchel ... he has one sister, Krista ... majoring in apparel studies.