Keone Kela

Keone Kela

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Dodgers in August of 2022.
Finds work in Dodgers organization
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AAA
September 1, 2022
Kela signed a minor-league contract with the Dodgers on Thursday and was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
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Kela quickly found a new organization after the Diamondbacks released him from his minor-league deal Wednesday. After undergoing Tommy John surgery last May, Kela was out of commission to begin the season before he began a rehab assignment at the Diamondbacks' rookie-level Arizona Complex League affiliate shortly after the All-Star break. The 29-year-old righty eventually settled at Triple-A Reno in early August and turned in a 5.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 11:5 K:BB in nine innings out of the bullpen before being cut loose.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
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-44%
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-49%
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .194 32 11 1 6 0 0 3
Since 2020vs Right .348 26 5 3 8 0 0 1
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .179 29 10 1 5 0 0 2
2021vs Right .353 19 3 2 6 0 0 1
2020vs Left .333 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
2020vs Right .333 7 2 1 2 0 0 0
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-2%
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 5.00 1.33 9.0 2 1 0 12.0 3.0 2.0
Since 2020Away 4.91 1.64 3.2 0 1 0 9.8 2.5 4.9
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 5.63 1.25 8.0 2 1 0 11.3 2.3 2.3
2021Away 3.38 1.50 2.2 0 1 0 10.1 3.4 3.4
2020Home 0.00 2.00 1.0 0 0 0 18.0 9.0 0.0
2020Away 9.00 2.00 1.0 0 0 0 9.0 0.0 9.0
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The 27-year-old was poised to begin the 2020 campaign as Pittsburgh's undisputed closer, but he ended up appearing in only three games in the final year of his contract. Kela was late to report for summer camp amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and he went down with a season-ending forearm injury shortly after rejoining the team in August. The right-hander has a 2.87 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 153:48 K:BB over 122.1 innings since 2017, and he also has a 31.1 K% during that stretch. Most of the concerns here are with injuries and attitude, as he's been in altercations with both other teams and his own. Kela's raw numbers support a high-leverage role, but he's dealt with numerous injuries over the past few years in addition to the off-field issues, so he's unlikely to begin spring training with a guaranteed role wherever he lands.
Kela had a rough 2019 around dealing with a shoulder injury that cost him over two months of time, as well as two well-publicized altercations -- one with his own front office and the other being with the Reds. When he did pitch, the results were very positive as the reliever struck out 28% of the batters he faced and held opposing hitters to a .178 average with a 1.01 WHIP. The 19 K-BB% isn't elite, but Kela has closer-worth skills across the board the past few years, and yet only once has he been the primary closer. The opportunity should be there for him now considering he is in his walk year, and the Pirates will likely want to enhance his trade value by allowing him to re-establish himself as a closer. The issues with Kela are mostly from the neck up, and that doesn't show up in the stats. A late-round pick that could turn a nice profit if his maturity can take a step forward.
Kela began the season as the Rangers' closer, recording 24 saves before being shipped to the Pirates on July 30. With the Bucs, Kela transitioned to a setup role where he'll likely stay so long as Felipe Vazquez remains in Pittsburgh. Coming off a couple of injury-riddled seasons where he averaged just 36.1 innings a year, Kela was shut down in early September, with 51 solid frames under his belt. For the season, he shaved a couple percentage points of his walk rate without sacrificing much dominance. Kela relies primarily on a four-seamer he rushes to the plate at 97 mph along with a curve as his secondary offering. Lefties had better numbers than usual against Kela, but most of that was a result of a small-sample .377 BABIP. With a strikeout rate north of 30%, Kela is in play in all formats and is especially appealing in leagues scoring holds, as he should be among the league leaders.
Kela was admonished to the minor leagues to begin the year in what was said to be a move to preserve team chemistry, but he was called up a couple weeks into the season and outperformed everyone not named Alex Claudio in the Rangers' bullpen the rest of the way. Using a fastball that averaged over 96 mph and a wipeout, 12-6 curveball, Kela struck batters out at a 33.8 percent clip, and he was able to limit the free passes better than he did in 2016 (4.0 BB/9). The right-hander was dominant against same-handed hitters, holding opposing righty batters to .113/.220/.150 line, and he was no slouch against lefties (.170/.267/.377). His overpowering stuff would seem to make Kela a favorite for the closer role, as has long been speculated, although his flyball tendencies ding him a bit in that regard. If he doesn't get the job out of camp, Kela should be the next man up.
Kela missed about three months of action after he underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow in April. He struggled to regain his 2015 form, during which he flashed closer abilities. If he can split the difference in his walk rate over the last two years, it'll work well with his already excellent strikeout ability (10.8 career K/9). Texas is loaded with closer candidates, though Sam Dyson and Jeremy Jeffress, the top two on the totem pole, have sizeable holes in their game. Kela, who turns 24 in April, deserves to be among the first names fantasy owners in deep leagues consider when they're looking for a reliever who can help in the strikeout column. He could wind up as one of the better reliever end-game investments in AL-only leagues, as many may forget about his lethal arm and skills. An eye-opening spring training performance could restart the hype train.
Kela made the jump from Double-A Frisco directly to the majors on the strength of a strong spring training and promptly rewarded the organization's faith in him with a solid rookie season that included seven wins, 22 holds and 68 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. He battled arm fatigue at times, and was briefly sent to the minors to get additional rest, in addition to complaining of elbow soreness toward the end of the season. During the offseason, there was no indication that Kela was going to face any restrictions. He's had control issues throughout his minor-league career, but Kela walked just 18 batters in 60.1 innings with Texas. He projects as an effective late-inning arm for 2016, and Kela is on the short list to ascend to the closer's role if injuries befall Rangers closer Shawn Tolleson.
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Signs minor-league contract
PArizona Diamondbacks  AAA
Elbow
March 16, 2022
Kela (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.
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Becomes free agent
PFree Agent  AAA
Elbow
November 5, 2021
The Padres declined their team option on Kela (elbow) on Friday, making him a free agent, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
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Shifts to 60-day IL
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
Elbow
May 23, 2021
The Padres transferred Kela (elbow) to the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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Undergoes Tommy John surgery
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
Elbow
May 19, 2021
Kela underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.
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Will seek second opinion
PSan Diego Padres  AAA
Forearm
May 17, 2021
Kela will travel to Texas on Monday to receive a second opinion on his injured right arm, the Associated Press reports.
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