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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 5-18-2005
I'm not really sure whether there is such a thing as
reverse deja vu, but in my case I think there is.
Last time I had talked about how I had put in one bad
performance, followed up with one of my best. Well, I
went and did the exact opposite of that in my next two
Coming off my first start and first win, two weeks
ago now, we went to West Michigan where I was almost
identical to my performance against Clinton. I went six
innings, allowing one run on four hits. I swear I had 9
strikeouts that days but somehow only 8 showed up in
the box score.
Things were going great. Our team was
riding an 8 game win streak which finally ended on the
final game of that road trip. The streak though had
put us into first and we have kept it to this point.
My next start, against Kane County, was much like
the performance I had against Wisconsin. I have never
fared well against Oakland teams in the past and this
seemed to be another one of those games.
out hot with a 1,2,3 first and it all went downhill
from there. I allowed at least 1 run an inning after
that. Through five innings I allowed seven runs, of which six
were earned. I also allowed my first home run of the
season to Tommy Everidge. We ended up coming back to
tie the game only to leave the bases loaded with no
outs in the 9th and lose it in the 10th.
Its crazy how these four appearances had a mirror
effect like it did. Hopefully things will change back
to good when I start again Thursday in Beloit. I'm
looking forward to that series because I went to
college very close to Beloit, so some of my friends
will be coming out to see me.
I have several positive things going right now for
me this season. I am currently 2-0 and hope to keep
building on that. I have a 4:1 K/bb ratio with 34
strikeouts and 8 walks. The number that stands out
even more there is my ratio as a starter is 17:1 K/BB
right now, and I plan to build on that.
Congratulations are also in order for my old
college Wisconsin-Parkside. They tied for the regular
season crown, and then went on to win their first
conference championship in school history. They will
return to the regional tournament for a second season,
hopefully making it to the college world series this
I wish them the best of luck and
hopefully they can make it all the way. They have one
of the best coaches I have ever played for so I am
sure they will do their best.
That's it for now, next week I will start going over
some of the players in this league who I think could
be Major League caliber players. Until then, keep
your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the
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