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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 6-14-2005

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

I am sorry that it has been so long since I have written an entry, but I was going to wait until after the draft, and after I had a decent start to write about, since I had a horrible one a little over a week ago.

First off I would like to congratulate several of my teammates. We had 11 guys selected for the MWL All-Star team. Jereme Milons, Augustin Murillo, Matt Elliott, AJ Shappi, Josh Perrault, Ross Ohlendorf, Javier Brito, Alberto Gonzalez, Emilio Bonafacio, Carlos Gonzalez, and Allen Mottram.

They all had great first halves, and as of right now our team is leading the whole Midwest League in wins at 38-25. I am pretty excited with that because I have never played for a team this far ahead of .500 and with a chance to win the first half being up 3.5 games with 7 to play.

As for myself, I got roughed up again a little over a week ago pitching against the Cedar Rapids Kernals. I pitched 5 innings giving up 8 runs, 7 earned. I gave up 2 home runs which normally never happens.

The day before I severely sprained my ankle and probably shouldn't have pitched on it. I hate getting hurt, but I would have hated missing a start even more so I did a lot of physical treatment that night and next morning so I could pitch that day. I was taped up but I just wasn't the same not having much drive off that back leg. Oh well, lessons learned, and a new days follows so its not the end of the world.

My next start was against Quad Cities where I pitched much better. I gave up 3 runs on 7 hits over 6 innings. The first two runs scored were very questionable in my opinion but that's baseball and the way things happen. I did give up my fourth home run allowed though which again is unlike me but it happens.

I came out with the lead but again came out with a no decision, my 5th in 8 starts. I am the king of no decisions by the way dating back to college. It was good though because my mother, cousin, and good friend Steve all came out to see me pitch so i was happy with that.

Now onto other matters such as the draft. I was very shocked this year to see that in 50 rounds we decided to draft 34 pitchers. I figured some of the later round picks out of junior colleges won't sign at least until next year.

We did get a lot early though which kind of scares me a little but I guess it something they felt they needed to address, because they feel they don't have any pitching at their short season and rookie level teams, so they could help them this year and down the road. I will just need to keep doing my job and I know that the draft won't affect me directly.

That's all I have for now, I will write again after we win the first half to let everyone know how our celebration goes.


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