Keynan Anthony Middleton...On Twitter: @since93key... Changed uniform number from #39 to #99 following 2018 season... Participated in 13th Annual Bank of America Challenger Classic, Oct. 27, 2018, to assist more than 800 children with physical and intellectual disabilities from local Challenger Division Little League teams experience playing baseball at Angel Stadium...Also attends Angels RBI League youth camps throughout baseball season... Visited students at Lampson Elementary School (Garden Grove, CA) in April 2018 as part of Angels Adopt-A-School program with AM830 host Roger Lodge and members of the Angels Strike Force... In August 2017, appeared on "Road Trippin'" podcast hosted by veteran NBA forward Richard Jefferson... Attended Milwaukie HS (OR) and Lane Community College (OR), where he also played basketball...Averaged 11 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for Titans as shooting guard... Originally signed by Angels scout Jason Ellison.
Made Opening Day roster with Angels for first time in career...Pitched to 1.04 ERA (8.2 IP - 1 ER) on the road across eight total appearances... Appeared in 13 games during opening month of season, primarily as Angels closer...Did not allow a run in 10 of 13 contests...
Converted six of seven save opportunities in Mar./Apr. before suffering right elbow inflammation and being placed on disabled list...Made one rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake May 8 at Sacramento and pitched one scoreless inning before returning to Angels May 10... Made three appearances for Angels following reinstatement from disabled list, but exited game May 13 vs. Minnesota after recurrence of right elbow injury...Underwent Tommy John surgery performed May 22 by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and missed remainder of season on disabled list.
Entered year ranked by Baseball America as #9 prospect in Angels system ... Began season with Triple-A Salt Lake for 10 appearances, before being promoted to Angels, May 5...Did not allow an earned run in each of final eight outings for Bees (9.1 IP) ... Made Major League debut May 5 vs. Houston...Became first member of Angels 2013 draft class to reach Major Leagues ... Earned first Major League win June 11 at Houston with one scoreless inning ... Recorded first Major League save Aug. 8 vs. Baltimore ... Six wins tied Cam Bedrosian for most by an Angels reliever for season...Most wins by an Angels rookie reliever since Dane De La Rosa (6) in 2013 ... His 64 appearances tied Jason Bulger (2009) and Jose Alvarez (2015) for third most ever by an Angels rookie...Only Dane De La Rosa (75 games in 2013) and Bill Kelso (67 games in 1967) had more ... Led A.L. rookies with average fastball velocity of 97.2 MPH.
Pitched exclusively out of bullpen for fi rst ti me in career...Began season with Adv.-A Inland Empire and averaged 13.9 strikeouts per nine innings...Worked at least two innings in 11 of 25 outi ngs with 66ers...Promoted to Double-A Arkansas June 30...Did not allow a run in 11 of 13 appearances for Travelers and averaged 10.8 strikeotus per nine innings...Recorded saves in six consecuti ve appearances from July 16-29...Six saves ranked ti ed for second most on season for Travelers...Promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake August 7 and did not allow a run in six of eight outi ngs for Bees...Had streak of eight consecuti ve scoreless innings across four games for Bees from Aug. 15-25.