Reds trade their Rule 5 draft pick to the Royals

Dec 14, 2017
Contributing Writer
Reds manager Bryan Price in the Reds dugout prior to their Opening Day game against the Phillies, Monday, Apr. 3, 2017. GREG LYNCH / STAFF

Brad Keller was drafted No.  5 overall in the Rule 5  draft by the Reds, then promptly traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the Kansas City Royals.

Keller was a top prospect for the Arizona Diamondbacks, ranked by MLB.com as No. 12 in the whole organization, but he was left off the Diamondbacks 40 man roster last month. 

Keller made 26 stars in Double-A, throwing 130 2/3 innings with a 4.68 ERA, and averaging 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings and 3.9 walks. Also involved in the trade were the Mets, who sent Burch Smith to the Royals, who was sidelined for two years following Tommy John surgery. Both the Mets and Reds will receive a player to be named later. 

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