Keone Cole Kela…travelled to China this past offseason and hosted 5 camps in Najing and Wuxi at the MLB Development Centers...has participated in Rangers winter caravan over the last 2 offseasons…was 2-2 with a 2.07 ERA and 2 saves over 13 games/4 starts for Everett (WA) Community College in 2012…was a fire science major at Everett…selected by Seattle in the 29th round of the 2011 June draft out of Chief Sealth (WA) International High School, but did not sign…was WSBCA All-State and Metro League-Co-MVP selections as a senior at Chief Sealth.
Despite starting the season at Triple-A and enduring a pair of DL stints, Kela finished among A.L. relief leaders in both opponents avg. (1st, .135) and opp. OPS (7th, .479)… missed nearly 2 months on the disabled list due to a pair of trips to the disabled list with right shoulder soreness (6/30-7/19 and 8/5-9/11).
TEXAS // Posted a team-high 11 holds despite finishing T5th on the club with 39 relief appearances...initially recalled from Round Rock (AAA) on 4/17 and did not allow a run over 6 G (6.1 IP) in April…held opponents 0-for-16 to start the season… surrendered season-high 4 runs on a Marwin Gonzalez grand slam on 5/2 at HOU and posted a 5.28 ERA (9 ER/15.1 IP) from 5/2-6/9…had 12.2 scoreless innings over 13 G from 6/10- 8/3, opponents batted .095 (4-42) w/ one XBH in that span… ERA over final 26 outings beg. 5/19 was 1.75 (5 ER/25.2 IP)… converted 2 of 3 save chances: 5/21 at DET and 9/21 at SEA… matched career high with 4 SO (all consecutive) to earn win in club's comeback win on 6/10 at WAS…also had 4 K's, 5/19 at DET.
ROUND ROCK // Opened the season at Round Rock and had a 2.25 ERA (1 ER/4.0 IP) in 4 outings…recorded multiple strikeouts in every outing, whiffing 8 of 18 batters faced overall.
Was 5-1 with a 6.09 ERA (23 ER/34.0 IP) over 35 relief appearances in his 2nd major league season…missed nearly 3 months following April elbow surgery, but returned to post the 3rd-most relief appearances on the club after the All-Star break…ranked 11th among A.L. relievers (min. 30.0 IP) and led all Texas relievers with 11.91 SO/9…his 15 holds ranked T3rd on staff despite time missed
Went 7-5 with one save and a 2.39 ERA (16 ER/60.1 IP) and 68 strikeouts over 68 relief appearances while emerging as one of the club's top set up men in his rookie campaign…after making the team as a non-roster invite in spring training, he had 2 stints with the club: Opening Day-7/31 and 8/11-end of season…ranked among the A.L. relief leaders in wins (T2nd, 7) and holds (T8th, 22), and averaged 10.14strikeouts per 9 innings.
Averaged 12.5 SO/9 across 2 different levels and finished tied for the 2nd-most saves (10) in the farm system…combined to go 2-2 with a 2.02 ERA (11 ER/49.0 IP) and 68 strikeouts over 44 relief appearances with Myrtle Beach (High-A) and Frisco (AA)…whiffed 32.4% (68 of 21) of all batters faced…held opponents to a .176 average (31-176)…allowed just one home run in 49.0 innings of work… rated the 14th-best prospect in the organization by MLB.com following the season…opened season with Pelicans before 5/3 promotion to Frisco…on Frisco DL, 6/13-24 with calf strain… fanned 4 of 5 batters faced over 2 scoreless appearances in the Texas League playoffs.
Averaged 12.0 SO/9.0 IP at 3 different stops in the Texas minor league system…opened the season with Hickory (Low-A) and made one relief appearance before he was on DL, 4/6-5/15 with a right elbow impingement… was on DL with a left ankle sprain from 6/28-7/25 and completed a rehab assignment with the AZL Rangers from 7/8-16 and Spokane 7/17-26…remained in Spokane (Short-A) following activation for the remainder of the season…allowed runs in just 3 of 12 outings with the Indians and averaged 14.0 SO/9…joined the AFL's Surprise Saguaros on 10/21 and allowed just one run over 8.2 innings of work and 7 relief outings…posted a 1.50 ERA (1 ER/6.0 IP) with 8 SO/0 BB over 6 relief outings with Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Spent 1st pro season with AZL Rangers (rookie)…averaged 11.9 SO/9.0 IP…registered strikeouts against 35.9% of BF…all 4 hits permitted were singles.