ASU player drafted in MLB


ALAMOSA — An Adams State baseball player was drafted in the tenth round of the MLB Draft on Tuesday.

Josh Keaton, of Colorado Springs, became the first player from Sand Creek High School ever drafted when the Baltimore Orioles took him at No. 308 overall. Keaton, who graduated from Sand Creek in 2012, was a senior at Adams State this spring.

Keaton is a 6-foot-1, 190-pound right-handed starting pitcher for Adams State. After making 11 appearances out of the bullpen in 2015 and posting a 3.09 ERA with eight strikeouts, Keaton made the transition to starter in 2016.

The 23-year-old Keaton was 4-6 with a 5.52 ERA over 75 innings during the 2017 season. The righty allowed 97 hits, but just three home runs. In his final three starts, Keaton went eight innings in one outing and nine innings in the other two outings. He recorded 13 strikeouts in a complete game against the Colorado School of Mines, and he threw 156 pitches in a complete game against Colorado Mesa. Keaton struck out 84 in 75 innings over 12 starts with a 5.52 ERA on the season.