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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Chris Keim, Could Do - 3216

For the Helena Senators American Legion team in 1987, Chris Keim could do it both at the plate and on the mound.

In one game for the Senators, Keim knocked a grand slam, going 2 for 3 on the day, according to The Helena Independent Record. In another game, Keim tied things up in the ninth on a single.

On the mound, Keim threw a complete game, giving up eight hits in a 14-1 Helena win, The Independent Record wrote.

Keim would eventually turn pro, with his pitching getting him there. His stay, though, would be brief, just two seasons, both spent in his home state of Montana in rookie ball.

Keim's pro career began in 1990, taken by the Reds in the 23rd round of the draft, out of Taft College in California.

Keim went to Taft College after growing up in Helena and playing for the Senators legion team. With the Senators in 1987, Keim struck out 127 batters, still good for fifth all-time in team history. He also had an ERA of 2.27 that year, winning 12 games, according to the team's Web site.

At Taft, struck out 105 in his 1988 season, still tops in that school's history. In 1989, he logged 106.2 innings, first in school history.

With the Reds in 1989, Keim got into 11 games, starting five. He also picked up no wins to four losses, with an ERA of 4.88 and striking out 33 over 31.1 innings of work.

For 1990, Keim returned to Billings, getting 12 relief outings, giving up just two runs in 18 innings of work. For Keim, though, his second season as a pro, was also his last season.
1990 CMC-Pro Cards Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:1,132
Made the Majors: 663 - 58.6%
Never Made Majors: 469-41.4%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 287
10+ Seasons in the Minors: 173

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