Jon

Keller

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Right-Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 231
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
High School: Xavier

Bio

Honors & Awards
• One Letter (2011)
• 2010 MLB Draft Pick (Seattle Mariners, 11th round)
• Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Spring 2011)
• 4.0 GPA (Spring 2011)

2012 Outlook: Jon Keller gained a wealth of experience in 2011, as he started every weekend series for the Huskers as a true freshman • Got better as the year went on, including a season-high seven-inning performance against Missouri to close out the season • Delivers a power fastball and is effective when he keeps the ball down in the zone • Selected in the 11th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners • Is one of three players on the 2012 squad from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, joining junior Chad Christensen and freshman Austin Christensen.

“Jon Keller has worked very hard in the offseason,” Head Coach Darin Erstad said. “He has really improved his work habits since he got here, and I think he’ll see the rewards. We expect him to be in our weekend rotation.”

2011: Keller served as the Huskers’ Saturday starter for most of the season, going 3-6 with a 3.62 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 64.2 innings of work • Didn’t give up more than three earned runs in any of his nine starts during the conference season • Tied his career high in his last start of the year with a seven-inning performance against Missouri on May 21 • Struck out four and walked three in an 8-5 win over the Tigers • Went five innings with four strikeouts in a loss to Oklahoma on April 23 • Lasted 4.1 innings against Oklahoma State on April 2 in a game where he gave up five runs, but they were all unearned • Turned in a seven-inning performance with eight strikeouts, while walking none and giving up no runs in a 6-0 win over North Dakota on March 19 • Kept UCLA scoreless for six innings with eight strikeouts, but got a no decision in a 1-0 loss on March 4 • Won his first career game on Feb. 19 with six innings of work against Air Force • Struck out six Falcons and gave up three hits to help the Huskers to an 8-1 victory.

Before Nebraska: Keller was one of the top prospects in the country pitching for Cedar Rapids Xavier High School and Coach Dave Schemmel • As a senior, was named captain of the first-team all-state squad and earned the Iowa Sports Connection’s Player-of-the-Year award after going 6-2 with a 1.75 ERA • Struck out 93 hitters in 56 innings in his final season after fanning 78 over 59.2 as a junior • Was a first-team all-metro and all-conference selection as a junior, going 6-4 with a 1.41 ERA • Turned in his best performance in the state playoffs fanning 10 over 6.1 innings of two-hit ball while also collecting three hits and scoring a pair of runs • Was a multi-sport athlete who also lettered three years in basketball • Excelled in the classroom as he was on the honor roll all four years.

Personal: Born on Aug. 8, 1992, in Kingsport, Tenn. • Parents are Al and Joni Keller • Has one brother, Mitch • Has not declared a major at Nebraska
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