Brad Michael Keller presently throws for the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball (MLB). Keller attended Flowery Branch High School in Flowery Branch, Georgia, and was a member of the Falcons baseball team. In the eighth round of the 2013 MLB draft, the Arizona Diamondbacks picked him.
Keller was taken in the Rule 5 draft by the Cincinnati Reds and promptly traded to the Kansas City Royals for monetary considerations on December 14, 2017.
Keller made the Royals’ 25-man roster in 2018 and made his MLB debut on Opening Day, March 29, tossing a scoreless inning of relief against the Chicago White Sox, striking out the first player he saw, Adam Engel. He pitched in both the bullpen and the rotation, and he led the club in ERA (3.08) in victories (tied for first) (9).
In 140-plus innings, he struck out 96 hitters. Keller was suspended for five games by Major League Baseball on April 19, 2019, after it was determined that he intentionally struck Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox with a pitch.
Keller tested positive for COVID-19 on July 7, 2020, according to news reports. After providing two negative tests that were at least 24 hours apart, he was authorized to return to the Royals’ Summer Camp ten days later.
Keller recorded his first career full game shutout against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 13, 2020, striking out two batters while allowing only five hits (one of which was for extra bases). Keller pitched in nine games for the 2020 Kansas City Royals, going 5–3 with a 2.47 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 54+23 innings. He pitched in 26 games in 2021, going 8–12 with a 5.39 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 133+23 innings.
Brad Keller Salary, Net Worth, and Contract
Brad Keller agreed to a one-year, $4,825,000 contract with the Kansas City Royals, with $4,825,000 guaranteed and a $4,825,000 yearly average pay. Keller will receive a base pay of $4,825,000 and a total income of $4,825,000 in 2022. He has a net worth estimation of $15 million.