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Keller Selected by Washington Nationals in MLB First-Year Player Draft

Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications                                                                      Release: 06/07/2014
Courtesy: Princeton Athletic Communications
Keller was drafted in the 17th round by the Washington Nationals.
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Selected in the 17th round by the Washington Nationals, Alec Keller became the second member of the Princeton University baseball team chosen in the 2014 MLB Draft.

The 514th overall pick, Keller is the second Tiger in as many days to be drafted, joining teammate Michael Fagan, who was selected in the ninth round (282nd overall) by the Oakland Athletics. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Year, Keller is the 46th Princeton player to be chosen since 1965 and the 21st since 2000.

The second-straight Tiger to be named the conference's Player of the Year, Keller pieced together a tremendous senior season, finishing second in the league in batting average (.327), fourth in on-base percentage (.396) and hits (48), sixth in slugging (.476), seventh in total bases (70) and tied for ninth in stolen bases (7). Driving in 19 runs, he legged out an Ivy-best four triples with eight doubles and two home runs in 38 appearances.

Hitting safely in 26 games, he had 13-multi hit outings to his credit including a season-high four base-knocks against UNC Greensboro. Notching three hits in a contest on seven occasions in 2014, Keller had a season-best 11-game hit streak from Mar. 23 to Apr. 12.

Splitting time between second base and centerfield as a senior, Keller picked up first-team All-Ivy accolades for the third-consecutive year. Just the third Tiger to accomplish the feat, he joins Bob Schiffner (1969-71) and Dan Arendas (1984-86).

Starting 24-of-30 games as a freshman, Keller hit .276 with three doubles and 13 runs scored. Earning his first All-Ivy selection the following season, he hit .346 with a .393 OBP, 18 RBI, four doubles and 22 runs scored. During his junior year, Keller batted a career-best .378 with a .435 on-base and .538 slugging percentage. Driving in 17 runs, he posted nine doubles and four home runs.

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