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Keegan Akin

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Keegan Akin
Name: Keegan Lee Akin
Born: Apr 1, 1995 in Alma, MI
High School: Bullock Creek HS, Midland, Mich.
College: Western Michigan
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 2nd round (54th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2016 (signed for $1,177,200)
Aiken pitched through a nagging lat injury as a sophomore that caused plenty of inconsistency but on the days he could really get loose and air it out, he showed flashes of dominance. Those flashes turned into a season-long run as a junior as Aiken broke Pat Misch's school record for strikeouts in a season. After arriving at Western Michigan as a lefty with a good fastball but little else, Aiken has matured into a potentially prominent draft pick thanks to vastly improved command and secondary offerings. The curveball he had when he joined the Broncos morphed into a cutter and finally into an average slider. He also went from not really throwing a changeup to the point where it flashes above-average. But it's Aiken's fastball that is still his calling card. The short (he's listed at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds) lefty sits 92-94 mph, consistently touches 95 and has rung up some 97s. He is now able to work his fastball in and out to hitters locating to arm side and glove-side, and he does a good job of working below and above their hands. Aiken's lack of size draws pause, but he's proven himself with strong summer stints in the Prospect league (2014) and Cape Cod League (2015).
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