SURPRISE, Ariz. – The Texas Rangers' 12th-round pick in last year's draft, righty Keone Kela…
Scouting Rangers Prospect Keone Kela
Vital Statistics: Name: Keone Kela Position: Pitcher DOB: April 16, 1993 (19) Height: 6'1" Weight: 195 Bats: Right Throws: Right Acquired: 2012 Amateur Draft, 12th Round (Everett Community College) In the 12th round of last summer's MLB Draft, the Texas Rangers selected right-hander Keone Kela out of Everett Community College in Washington, where he played both ways as a freshman in 2012. Working as an outfielder and DH in addition to pitching, Kela went 14-for-48 at the plate in 17 contests. On the mound, the 19-year-old appeared in 13 games, making four starts. He posted a 2.07 ERA in 39 total innings, yielding 23 hits, walking 25, and striking out 48. Kela's control was better after signing, and his velocity ticked up a notch. In nine relief appearances with the rookie Surprise Rangers, he surrendered just two earned runs on four hits in 11.1 innings, walking four and striking out 15. During an interview last summer, Rangers minor league pitching coordinator Danny Clark was...
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