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Bob Keppel, rhp
DeSmet HS; Chesterfield, Mo.

There was talk early in May that the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Keppel would be a first-round pick. That subsided when he didn't pitch up to expectations in front of scouts. He was hittable, even at 91-93 mph, and did not throw strikes consistently. On the season, he was 6-2, 2.29 with 68 strikeouts in 49 innings. His arm works easy and he's extremely projectable, but he needs to add a workable breaking ball. His signability is an issue because of a commitment to Notre Dame. His parents are graduates and both of his sisters are enrolled there.

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