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#MLBPlayers411 | Dallas Keuchel

   07-13-2017
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Today's #MLBPlayersAllStar17 #MLBPlayers411 Dallas Keuchel is now a two-time All Star pitcher for the Houston Astros. Although currently sidelined since early June because of a neck injury, the lefty has posted a perfect 9-0 record with a team-best 1.67 ERA this season.

The 29-year-old from Tulsa, OK has been a dominant force in the Astros rotation since his debut back in 2012. In addition to his electric stuff, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner and Players Choice Award winner as 2015 AL Outstanding Pitcher has won a Gold Glove three years running.

While his individual success on the mound has been at the forefront of Astros headlines in recent seasons, Dallas would be the first one to deflect that praise to success of the Club's youth movement. Combined, Keuchel and teammates Carlos Correa, George Springer, Lance McCullers Jr. and others are building quite the contender down in Houston.

During the AL All-Star team media session this week in Miami, Dallas shared his thoughts on the state of the Astros with MLBPlayers.com.

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After graduating from Bishop Kelley High School in his native Tulsa, Dallas attended the University of Arkansas. Dallas didn't have the most impressive ERA in his first two years at Arkansas (5.88 and 4.58), but steady improvement led to a much better junior season, in which he posted a 9-3 record, a 3.92 ERA and a college career-high 69 strikeouts in 108 innings.

The Astros noticed Dallas' improvement as well, and, following his junior season, they selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 Draft. Dallas' pro-career took the same trajectory as his college one. After tossing a complete game in his second-career start, Dallas saw his ERA inflate to 5.27 through 16 starts to close out the 2012 season.

After gradually lowering his ERA in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Dallas enjoyed a breakout season in 2015, as noted above. That season he led American League pitchers with 20 wins and 232 innings pitched, along with a 2.48 ERA culminated, helping him become just the third Astros pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. That season, Dallas also won the American League Pitcher of the Month honors in April, May and August. 

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