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Kellen Raab

Pitcher -- Arizona Diamondbacks

Kellen Raab is a 23 year old pitcher in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. In 2004, Kellen's first season of professional baseball, he posted a 3-3 record with a 4.38 ERA while striking out 56 batters in 62 innings for the Yakima Bears of the Northwest League.

Journal Entry 6-28-2005

Prior Entries: 3-2-05 · 3-9-05 · 3-17-05 · 3-31-05 · 4-11-05 ·
4-16-05 · 4-27-05 · 5-6-05 · 5-18-05 · 5-31-05 · 6-14-05

CHAMPIONS! For the first time ever I have finally been a part of a team where they have won something, at least at this point in the season. With the best record in the Midwest League for the first half, we won the Eastern Division title and clinched a spot in the playoffs.

The night we finally clinched it, we had at least 30 bottles of champagne in our locker room and we covered each other in it as we celebrated. It was such a great feeling to be apart of such a thing, and it makes you want to do it again for the second half and win the whole thing.

We finally reached and passed the all-star break which was a much needed time off. I spent those three days off in South Bend. Two of those days I went to a summer camp for special needs people and volunteered my time there helping out, and will continue to do so throughout the rest of the summer.

As for the players, AJ Shappi continued his winning ways and managed to get the win there, and Jereme Milons, getting a surprise start won the MVP award. All in all, our team, represented by 11 guys, did a fantastic job.

The second half of our season started up again four days ago and we are off to another great start with a 3-1 record with the only loss being mine in the series. Personally my pitching has been decent over the past few starts.

I have gone at least 5 innings now in every start which is always good. My velocity has stayed consistent touching in the low 90's and averaging in the high 80's. The one thing I need to work on now is keeping myself out of the big innings, and getting that final out of every inning.

When teams score they tend to score a couple against me so I need to minimize it to one run. Opposing teams are hitting .390 off of me with two outs so that is something I need to improve on as well.

In team news Shappi won again, and is finally out of here and heading back home to California with the promotion to Lancaster. His automatic wins will be missed but its a great thing for him and his wife to be going home.

In return we will be getting Chris Kinsey here as his replacement. He should fit right in to South Bend having been here for parts of the past two seasons.

The last thing that is going on right now in my life is trying to figure out who I want to represent me. I currently have an agent but another agency has come along and some of the things they are promising are better so I am torn between the two.

Its really weird being in this business and trying to figure out things like that because everyone sounds good as had great things to offer so its tough to choose. Hopefully I will have made my mind up in the next week and I will then know who is representing me as my agent.

For now that's all but there will be more again soon.

Kellen

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