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Kellen Raab
Pitcher - Arizona Diamondbacks
Updated 3-2-05

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Kellen Raab

Pitcher -- Arizona Diamondbacks

Journal Entry 3-2-2005

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With this being the first journal entry I figured I would make it longer to let you know a little about myself first.

My name is Kellen Raab, born and raised in Omaha, NE. I went to Omaha Bryan High School, graduated in 2000, and decided to attend a JuCo out of high school. After my sophomore year at Butler County Community College, I decided to go to a Division 2 school because I wasn't happy with my Division 1 choices. I chose Wisconsin-Parkside because I could jump right into the rotation.

I had a decent season there with some really good starts. I was told by some scouts I would go in the early teens in the draft. My last game before the draft I had some arm problems, dropping my velocity from 92 to 82. So my draft status dropped a lot and I ended up going in the 25th round to Arizona in the 2003 draft.

I spent the rest of that season doing rehab back home. I went to extended spring training in 2004 and had a good season in Short Season A ball in Yakima, WA, where I was used in every role from starter to closer.

That brings us to spring training 2005. I was invited this year to early mini-camp where they invite pitchers they feel will being making some jumps in the system. The first week and the weeks to come can pretty much be summed up into one movie, "Groundhog's Day". The same things over and over until it gets time for the season to start.

We start the day stretching, then a little pepper. Then we warm our arms up, then move to a 3 station rotation. Between bunting, hitting, and PFP's (pitcher fielding practice). We do things like pick-offs, fielding grounders, and covering bags. Then we throw our bullpens for the day if we have them. Then we go and do our running and our lifting. Then its back to the hotel to lay around and watch movies or read books.

Hopefully the next entry can be a little more in depth for everyone. If you ever want to email any questions or anything please dont hesistate.

Kellen

You may email your questions for Kellen Raab to KRaab@topprospectalert.com

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