Keone Cole Kela (pronounced (KEY-oh-nee KELL-uh)...Was born in Los Angeles but is of Hawaiian heritage (his father is from Hawaii)...Has one son; Kai (3)... Traveled to China during the 2017-18 offseason and hosted five camps in Najing and Wuxi at the MLB Development Centers...Went 2-2 with a 2.07 ERA and two saves in 13 appearances (four starts) for Everett (WA) Community College in 2012...Was a fire science major at Everett.
Was a member of a Major League Opening Day roster for a fourth time - his first with Pittsburgh (was with Texas in 2015-16 and 2018)... Retired all three Cincinnati batters he faced on 4/5 while making his 200th career appearance...Was ejected for his part in on-field skirmish on 4/7 vs. Cincinnati...Was scored upon in five of his first eight appearances through 4/16 (6.2ip/6er - 8.10 ERA)...Left the game on 5/4 with right shoulder discomfort after facing one batter...Was placed on the 10-day injured list on 5/8 (retro to 5/6) with right shoulder inflammation...Made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis on 5/25 at Columbus and gave up three runs in 1.0ip while starting a game for the first time as a pro...Was recalled from rehab on 5/31 and was shut down from throwing for 10 days...Was transferred to the 60-day I.L. on 6/15...Made three more rehab appearances (2.1ip/2er/6so) before being recalled from rehab and reinstated from the I.L. on 7/22...Was suspended two games for violation of his Player's Contract; served the two-game suspension on 7/22-23 and was reinstated from suspended list on 7/24... Pitched a scoreless inning on 7/24 vs. St. Louis - his first big league game since 5/4...Was suspended 10 games by MLB for his involvement in altercation in Cincinnati on 7/30; served the suspension from 8/3-13...Picked up his second win in Pittsburgh's walk-off victory on 8/16 vs. Chicago...Made 13 straight scoreless outings with the Pirates from 4/21 thru 8/19 (12.0ip) and posted a 0.39 ERA (23.0ip/1er) in his final 24 big league appearances...Picked up his only save on 9/25 vs. Chicago - his first since pitching with Texas on 7/29/18...Gave up just one run in 18 games (18.0ip) and whiffed 22 batters after returning from the I.L. on 7/24...Held right-handed hitters to a .164 (11-for-67) batting average.
Went 3-4 with 24 saves and a 3.29 ERA (52.0ip/19er) in 54 games between Texas and Pittsburgh... Held right-handed hitters to a .147 average (16-for-109); .125 (10-for-80) in 38 games with Texas and .207 (6-for-29) in his 16 games with Pittsburgh...Converted 24 of his 25 save opportunities with Texas...Ranked second in the Majors in save percentage (95.8) behind New York's Aroldis Chapman (27-for-28, 96.4 percent) heading into the action on 7/30...Ranked fifth in the American League in saves prior to being acquired by the Pirates...Was charged with a blown save on 7/24 vs. Oakland; ended a stretch of 23 straight saves converted to open 2018, the longest seasonopening streak in Texas history...His blown save on 7/24 also ended an overall 25-game saves streak, tied for the second-longest in Texas history behind Joe Nathan (31 from 4/15 to 9/12/12) and John Wetteland (25 from 7/25/97 to 5/20/98)...Recorded a 2.10 ERA (25.2ip/6er) in his last 26 games with the Rangers...Was acquired by Pittsburgh on 7/31...Did not allow a run in his first five outings (5.0ip) with the Pirates and was scored upon just once in his first 13 N.L. appearances thru 8/31 (13.0ip/1er - 0.64 ERA)...Was charged with four runs in 0.1ip on 9/1 at Atlanta and suffered a blown save and loss; entered game with a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning...Made his final appearance on 9/3; was shut down by the team on account of heavy workload.
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.