If there was any Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who was a wild card heading into the 2022 season, it was Mitch Keller.
Keller, up to that point, had shown flashes of a really good pitcher, but because of inconsistencies and what seemed to be a lack of confidence, he had yet to live up to that “ace” billing.
During the offseason heading into the ’22 season, videos started surfacing of Keller throwing 100 mph, along with what seemed to be a newfound sense of confidence and swagger.
Hoards of Pirates fans and media hurried to social media, and buzz started to circle the former second-round pick.
The murmurs of “could this be the year?” or “he’s finally putting it all together?” started circling the water coolers in Pittsburgh regarding Keller.