Position: IF Date of Birth: 04/26/2017 Height: 6' 3" Weight: 225 lbs
College Experience: University of Texas Bats: R Throws: R Status: signed
Kevin Keyes was signed by the Kansas City T-Bones on April 7th, of 2017 and has jumped out to make a huge impact for Kansas City this season. Keyes was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB June Amateur Draft out of high school but did not sign choosing to instead head to the University of Texas in Austin. Following his junior season Keyes was the Washington Nationals in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. He began his pro career at short season class A with Vermont in the New York-Penn League where he hit .175 as a rookie. He jumped to low A ball in 2011, where Keyes hit 17 home run while hitting .264 at Hagerstown. His 65 RBIs were good for second on the club and he was second in home ruith ns. In 2012 and 2013 Keyes spent the entire time with high A Potomac in the Carolina League. In 2012 he led the club with 21 homers and was second in the Carolina League. His 78 RBI was the best on the Potomac club and was third in the Carolina League that season. He would hit .223 for the season. In 2013, Keyes would hit 13 team leading home runs again while driving in 79 to also lead the club hitting at a .233 clip. In 2014 he would see time at Potomac and at AA Harrisburg in the Eastern League. He would start the year once again at high A but his stay was short lived at 19 games. In a the short stay he hit four home runs with 17 RBIs. Keyes was promoted to AA on April 23rd and went on to play in 114 games where he was second in home runs and RBIs with 20 long balls and 68 runs driven in for the Senators. In 2015 he split time with AA Harrisburg and AAA Syracuse in the International League. He hit .235 in 56 games at AA with five home runs and 26 RBIs and hit .256 at AAA with eight round trips and 39 RBIs. Keyes once again had time at AA and AAA in 2016 with the bulk of his time spent with AA. In 82 games in the Eastern League, Keyes would hit .223 with 12 homers and 39 RBIs and in 28 games at AAA he would hit .146 in limited action. In three years at the University of Texas, Keyes hit 28 home runs and in 162 games hitting for a .312 average. While on the “40 acres” he added 115 RBIs over his career in college. In 2009 he made the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. Keyes is a native of Pflugerville, Texas and was a four year letterwinner at Connally High School on the baseball team. While with Washington he was a teammate T-Bones second baseman Zach Walters in 2012 in high A Potomac. Keyes also appeared in MLB Spring Training games in 2012 and 2015.