Kyle Robert Keller...On Twitter: @keller_11... Attended Southeastern Louisiana University, where he was a four-time Southland All-Conference Academic selection... Attended Jesuit High School (New Orleans), which is same school that produced former MLB All-Stars Will Clark and Rusty Staub... Father, Bob, played baseball at University of New Orleans... Originally signed by Marlins scout Mark Willoughby.
Made Major League debut with Marlins Aug. 4, pitching 1.2 innings in relief in only appearance of first big league stint... Did not surrender a run in seven of 10 appearances for Miami, including each of last six outings (5.1 IP)... Began year with Double-A Jacksonville and tossed three scoreless innings with one save and four strikeouts in two relief appearances before being promoted to Triple-A New Orleans Apr. 2... With Baby Cakes, compiled 73 strikeouts in 54 innings pitched and held Triple-A opponents to a .217 (44/203) batting average, with a 1.20 WHIP... Rate of 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings placed 10th in the Pacific Coast League (min. 50 IP)... Pitched 5.2 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts across four outings in second Triple-A stint, before being recalled by Marlins Aug. 25 for remainder of season.
Combined to go 2-4, 3.08 (52.2/21) between High-A Jupiter, Double-A Jacksonville, and Triple-A New Orleans...Had career-highs in appearances (44) and saves (9). Held opponents to a career-best .195 batting average...Pitched season-high 2.2 innings of shutout relief on June 14 with Jacksonville vs. Jackson. Tied season-high with four strikeouts...Pitched 2.0 hitless innings with three strikeouts on July 24 with Jacksonville vs. Montgomery...Tossed 2.0 shutout frames on August 16 at Memphis in Triple-A debut...Allowed only two runs over final 13 appearances. Had 1.18 (15.2/2) ERA with 25 strikeouts during that stretch, and recorded one-ormore strikeouts in each outing...After the season, posted a 4.76 ERA (11.1/6) in 11 relief appearances for Salt River in Arizona Fall League.