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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 4-27-2005
The season is now in full swing and we hit our
first snag as a team. After starting out 6-2, we have
gone 4-7 since, which still puts us one game over
It's still really tough to handle. Since I
started high school I have only played for one winning
team, that was my senior year when we set the school
record for wins but lost first round of our districts.
I really want to play for a winner so I get a little
upset when we aren't playing up to our capabilities.
In the past week we played the Fort Wayne Wizards
and the Kane County Cougars. Both teams were under
.500 when we played them but Ft. Wayne won the series
against us and we split with Kane County.
Fort Wayne was not an impressive team to me. I
think we could have beaten them in every game we just
The wizards had the number one pick
from last year, Matt Bush. I was not impressed by the
young player, though he did hit his first professional
homerun. That was the only hard hit ball he had in
At short he had 3 errors in the first
game, and struggled a few times the next few games. I was very impressed though by his arm; which is why I
think if he doesn't pick it up at the plate in the next
three years, he will be moved to the mound.
I pitched on
Friday and was hosed by the hometown scorers, who gave a hit on
what was an apparent error by our left fielder which
lead to an inning that was extended, and I gave up two
I settled down the rest of the night and didn't
give up anymore runs and doubled my strikeout total
for the year with 6 K's. The best one was against Bush.
I challenged him with three straight fastballs
over the plate and he didn't touch one of them.
Our next series was at Kane County where we beat
ourselves again and let a couple games slip away
because of poor defense.
We had strong outings from
A.J. Shappi and Steve Jackson. Also in this series we
saw some good offense from our current team leader
Augie Murillo, and a 6 RBI in one inning performance
from Mark Reynolds.
The Cougars had just one prospect
on their team, Javier Herrera. Herrera was just
coming off of his steroid suspension so he started off
slow but picked it up over the length of the series.
Its nice to be home again though for an 8 game home
stand against the top two team from the other
division, Wisconsin and Clinton.
I am going to keep
this week short and write again after the weekend to
update on the series' and my pitching performances.
You may email your questions for Kellen Raab to KRaab@topprospectalert.com