10/11/2020 - Official Player Development Membership - Sauget (St. Louis), IL
Keaton is a SS/RHP prospect who continues to showcase his skills on the field. At SS, Keaton shows efficient footwork and covers ground well. He fields in an athletic position and has a clean exchange, making accurate, on-line throws to his target. Presenting his hands out in front to the ball can help Keaton field ground balls more efficiently. At the plate, this RHH sets up in an open stance and takes a square stride. He shows fluid rhythm to load and drives through well with his lower half. He takes a level swing with decent bat speed, leading to solid line drives. Keaton can produce more pop off the barrel by getting more extension through the ball. On the mound, Keaton shows a three pitch mix with his fastball topping out at 65mph with tailing action. Breaking ball sits from 55-58mph with 9-3 break. Changeup sits from 55-56mph. Gathering to a balance point over the rubber can help Keaton be more controlled throughout his delivery. With five more years to develop, Keaton has the time and potential to further progress his skills on the field.
07/16/2019 - National Tryout Plus - Sauget (St. Louis), IL
Keaton worked out at SS and on the mound during his last workout with The Factory. Defensively, Keaton has a presentable glove, an athletic approach, and efficient footwork to the ball. He has a good 1st step, a clean exchange, and he throws with direction across the diamond. On the mound, Keaton has a high 3/4 arm slot, he gets good extension on his pitches, and he finishes in a complete position. Offensively, Keaton has a tall/square set-up, he swings in good rhythm, and swings on plane. He stays inside the baseball and shows the ability to spray to all fields.
01/18/2019 - Baseball Factory Spring Training at Historic Dodgertown
Keaton is an athletic and talented 2025 SS prospect that was eager to learn. At SS, Keaton starts in an athletic stance, he on time with his prep step, and creates angles to the ball. He fields the ball out in front of his body, he has a clean exchange, and throws from multiple arm angles. He needs to continue to be on time with his prep step, build arm strength, and improve his first step to the ball. At the plate, Keaton starts in a closed stance, gets his front foot down on time, and stays balanced through contact. His hips work to the ball and he is a line drive hitter. Continuing to attack the inside part of the ball and creating backside drive with his lower half will improve bat speed. Keaton is very coachable and we hope to see his progress in the future.
10/28/2018 - Interactive Video Program - Joplin, MO
Keaton is a young, thin, 2-way player who plays SS and OF. In the INF, Keaton has active feet, agile movements, and he fields squarely and athletically. He has firm hands, a clean exchange, and throws with momentum from a short arm action to his target. In the OF, Keaton has quick feet, he fields aggressively, and takes good angles; throwing with accuracy and carry to his target. At the plate, Keaton has a closed stance, he loads well, and stands in well balanced. He is selective at the plate, his swing is level, and he works the ball to the opposite field. Keaton can continue to get better if he can work on the following.
1. Play more through
2. Fielding position
3. Long toss
1. First step
1. Lower body
3. Barrel accuracy