Florida’s Keating commits to AAU USA International Collegiate Summer Team
Press Release | December 21, 2017
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Florida prep pitcher Daniel Keating will join the AAU USA International Collegiate Team for collegiate summer baseball, manager Mike Graham announced.
Keating, 6-5, 190, RHP, plays scholastic baseball for the FHSSA Class 8A Wellington HS Wolverines of Florida’s Palm Beach Athletic Conference. He joins the team that veteran AAU Baseball coaches Graham and Chris Cummings are assembling to play this coming summer in international series vs Scotland and Ireland in July 2018.
Keating said he “is excited” to play baseball in Europe again. He played summer 2017 for the Sant Boi Barcelona Falcons (Spain) with Coaches Graham and Cummings in the Collegiate Baseball League Europe (CBLE) in Great Britain, France, Spain, Netherlands, and Belgium.
Under their direction, the Falcons won back to back CBLE regular season championships in 2017 and 2016 playing in the league affiliated with the NORTHWOODS LEAGUE, one of America’s premier summer collegiate baseball leagues comprising teams of top college players from the Midwestern United States and Canada.
All Keating did was throw a commanding seven-inning complete game victory in his first outing in Spain, scattering four hits, striking out three and walking two in a collegiate summer baseball debut remarkable for a then 17 year old pitcher.
And it wasn't just Keating’s epic debut that jumped out—during the season, he also played first base and outfield and demonstrated impressive plate discipline, in the form of a red-hot .444/.444/.556 (1.000) slash in the regular season.
Keating joined fellow Barcelona players Brian Reed (Rochester Institute of Technology, NY), Jordan Ellis (Virginia Wesleyan University), Jimmie Gentry (Albright College, Pa.), and Mac McGrath (Shenandoah University, Pa.) named to the CBLE All-Star team.
"It’s rare at this level a young guy comes out and looks that profound both on the mound and at the plate," Graham said. "He is an outstanding young man and terrific ballplayer. He's only a senior—how far he can go in the sport is going to be up to him.”
Keating led Falcons pitchers with 17 1/3 innings pitched, the third-highest total in the club’s six-year history. He went 1-2 with 10 K’s, 15 walks, 16 hits, and a final 8.31 ERA. For the season, he slashed .286/.375/.357 with one double, one RBI, five runs scored, two walks, and one stolen base. He was second in quality at bats (41%) on the team of mostly college players.
Keating played travel ball with the Palm Beach Shockers 16U and was a member of the Shockers team that won Perfect Game WWBA and Under Armour Southeast Regional Championships in 2016 led by Coach Scott Riddle, who is also head coach at Wellington.
Before that Keating played with the Busty Bulls-Black 14U travel team that reached the BCS finals and the Perfect Game Super25 South Florida Regional in 2014. Keating’s teams also won the South Florida Baseball League fall and Wellington Little League Baseball Championships in 2011 and 2010.
“Coaches Graham and Cummings have won AAU States and Mid-Atlantic regionals many times and gone to Nationals,” Keating said. “They run one of AAU Baseball’s most successful programs in the country. It’s cool their scouting learned about me and sought me out. My parents and I decided this is a great option for my summer baseball and to see and experience some of the world at the same time.”
Graham and Cummings’ teams in collegiate summer ball have been consistently excellent throughout the years with a history of talented pitchers with elite-level ability. Marked as “Pitcher U” in the international collegiate summer baseball circles, their teams’ pitching dominance produced the European collegiate summer league Pitcher of the Year each of the past two years, the equivalent of the Major League Baseball© Cy Young Award given annually to the best pitcher in the pros.
“We went nine or 10 deep last year in arms and again were pretty dominant, including Daniel,” Coach Graham said. “Getting back an all-around athlete and pitcher like Daniel is good for us, and we know it is great to get him more world experience because he will only be better for it later on. We are recruiting to partner some new guys with him that haven’t had international opportunities.”
A projectable pro prospect, RHP Brian Reed (6-7, 245), of the Rochester Institute of Technology (NY), continued the long run in 2017. He followed RHP Brandyn Vogtsberger (6-4, 170, Towson University, Md.), who won the award in 2016.
Other pitching greats include 2016’s Northwest Missouri State University’s Nikko Pablo; MLB Prospect Guide select Stewart Rich (Georgia College & State University), former teammate of MLB Atlanta Brave Danby Swanson, MLB’s No. 1 pick in 2015; and Dominic Stanbery (Anne Arundel Community College, Md.).
Keating is the fourth player recruited to join the AAU USA International Collegiate Team. He joins Drew Ventrelle (University of Chicago, Ill.), CJ Cummings (University of Mary Washington, Va.), and Connor Graham (Anne Arundel CC, Md./Virginia Wesleyan University).
“With us, in collegiate summer ball and AAU Baseball, it is really a next man up mentality,” Graham said. “When guys get their opportunities, just like in life, they need to take advantage of it. The kind of athletes we recruit do that—they don’t wait for life to come to them, they go get it. It’s great to have a player like Daniel sign on. He is really an incredibly hard worker and we know will give as good as he gets every time he’s on the bump.”
About the Team
The AAU USA International Collegiate Team is a premier international collegiate summer team followed by college coaches and pro scouts. The roster includes players ages 18-23 representing all NCAA college divisions and national team, MLB academy, and club players from all over the world. The experience offers high-level baseball and cultural exposure to the world at the same time. Coaches Graham and Cummings are Major League Baseball© (MLB) certified coaches.
Ireland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team as part of the Ireland International Baseball Festival at Ashbourne International Baseball Centre, County Meath, July 10-15. Opponents include the Ireland National Team, Irish Baseball League All-Star Team, USA Military Blue Devils, and non-tournament matchups to be announced later.
Scotland will host the AAU USA International Collegiate Team for an international friendly series at Edinburgh and Glasgow July 5-10. Opponents in Scotland include the Scotland National Team and the Edinburgh (Giants, Diamond Devils, Cannons) and Glasgow (Galaxy, Comets) clubs of the Scotland National Baseball League.
Notable alumni of the AAU USA International Collegiate Team coaching staff’s previous collegiate summer teams include Brian Reed (Rochester Tech, NY), D3baseball.com All-New York Region Pitcher of the Year; Jordan Ellis (Virginia Wesleyan University); Jimmie Gentry (Albright College, Pa.), NABF All-America; Mac McGrath (Shenandoah University, Va./Eastern University, Pa.); CJ Cummings (University of Mary Washington, Va.); Josh Matthews (Hood College, Md.), AAU All-America; Netherlands pro Dave Janssen (MLB Bixie Baseball Academy, Nl.).
Brandyn Vogtsberger (Towson University, Md.); Maryland junior college Anne Arundel CC’s Dominic Stanbery, AAU All-America; Brandon Snow (St. Mary’s College, Md./Farmingdale State University, NY); MLB Prospect Guide select Stewart Rich (Georgia State University), former teammate of MLB Atlanta Brave Danby Swanson, MLB’s No. 1 pick in 2015; and Northwest Missouri State University teammates James Holler and Nikko Pablo.
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