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jc keys #5

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B/T: r/r
5' 10" / 173
Age: 24
HOMETOWN: hattiesburg, ms
signed: 2019, 23rd round

jc’s bio

Opened season with Dragons, earning win in only outing (2.1 innings of relief) before being promoted to Chattanooga on May 8. Appeared in 12 games (one start) with Chattanooga, going 0-2, 6.14. Returned to Dragons on June 29…Spent four years at USM, pitching in 63 games (13 starts). In his freshman and sophomore years, he was also used as a pinch runner and late-inning defensive replacement as an outfielder. His best season on the mound came as a senior in 2019 when he made 22 relief appearances, posting an ERA of 4.65 with 49 strikeouts and only 21 hits allowed in 31 innings. Keys played for one of the top high school programs in Mississippi, Oak Grove in Hattiesburg, where his team won the state championship in his junior year and was the runner-up the next season. He was 1st Team All-State as a senior, going 10-2 with a 1.64 ERA. Keys was also a quarterback on the football team in high school. After signing with the Reds, he went to Greeneville and saw limited game action, working 14.1 innings with a 3.77 ERA. He struck out 21 hitters and walked only seven.
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