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By Leyton Pullin
Keegan Oliver will be making the move from the RCBL to the Frederick Keys of the MLB Draft League.
Oliver got the call from the Keys after working with RCBL Legend Mike Burtner who helped put together a video of him to showcase his talents as he was originally looking to be a graduate transfer as he just finished up his education at Bridgewater College but still has 3 years of eligibility left due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and a redshirt year due to injury.
Instead of a collegiate program the Keys came calling. Oliver played in what would be his final game in a Montezuma Braves uniform on Saturday July 24 playing Right Field and then came in and pitched in the 7th inning striking out two. Oliver had nothing but praises for the Braves organization, specifically coach Chris Rush.
“Coach Rush believed in me a lot and helped me get back to where I was, 110% back,” said Oliver.
Oliver is also coming back from Tommy John Surgery that he had done on his UCL in his right elbow prior to the 2020 college baseball season. Since his surgery and recovery the right handed has come back with more velocity and zip on his fastball topping out around 91 MPH according to Valley Baseball Scout making him one of the most exciting pitchers to watch in the league.
“[The RCBL] has helped me get back to where I never thought I could be size and velo wise,” said Oliver.
Oliver’s RCBL stint may be over for now as he will report to the Frederick Keys on Monday July 26 to play the final 5 games of the regular season beginning on Tuesday July 27 as the Keys host the West Virginia Black Bears and the Trenton Thunder.
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