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OKC RedHawks: Left-hander Dallas Keuchel has sinker ball working

Tulsa Kelley's Dallas Keuchel, who is the scheduled starter Sunday for the RedHawks against Round Rock in the finale of their eight-game homestand, is off to an impressive start.
by Ed Godfrey Published: April 28, 2012

Keuchel was named the Pacific Coast League Player of the Week earlier this month but is normally a slow starter.

He pitched in the Arizona Fall League for top major league prospects during the off season. Keuchel said the seven starts he made for Oklahoma City in Triple A at the end of last season also were valuable experience.

He was 1-1 with a lofty 7.50 ERA in those seven starts because of his troubles on the road. Keuchel was 1-0 with a 1.35 in three starts at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark but was roughed up in four road starts, recording no decisions and a 15.19 ERA.

“Having a hot start is nice just because you build your confidence up rather quickly,” he said. “I didn't perform very well on the road last year. That was something I wanted to come back here and do better. I got one road start under my belt and it was a quality start so hopefully I can build on that.”

Keuchel also enjoys pitching at the park that is just down the turnpike from his home in Tulsa, where he was part of two high school state baseball championship teams at Tulsa Kelley in 2004 and 2006.

“I was fortunate to play for some good teams,” he said. “My Little League team growing up, most of us went to Bishop Kelley and we just continued winning. It was a special time for those four years.”

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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