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Every prospect has a story: Here’s mine

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Lets meet Ricky Keeler, new Minor League Ball contributor

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Hello Minor League Ball community,

My name is Ricky Keeler and I am excited to become one of the newest contributors on this great team of minor league writers here at Minor League Ball. One of the reasons why I like writing about the minors is because every prospect has a unique story and every prospect develops at a different pace. That’s what makes the sport so exciting. So, here’s my story.

First off, I grew up as a Yankees fan and I live with a family of Mets fans, so talk about the tension when the Subway Series comes around every season. But, my family, especially my mom, is the reason why I grew up liking baseball so much.

While I was writing at Yanks Go Yard with Wayne Cavadi a few years ago, I started to get interested in minor league baseball. From there, I got to cover Staten Island Yankees games as a credentialed writer and learned more about the game.

From there, I took what I learned and brought it over to District On Deck, where I write about the Washington Nationals. While at that site, I’ve gotten to talk to players and broadcasters from their different affiliates, even though I am from Staten Island.

Whether a player is in rookie ball or at Triple-A, everybody has their own unique story as they try to reach the ultimate goal of playing in Major League Baseball.

I am grateful that John Sickels decided to add me to this great team. While I am here, I hope to learn more about the other farm systems around the league and I hope to get some knowledge from all of you as well. It’s time for a new challenge and let’s see what that challenge has in store and what stories can be uncovered throughout the minor leagues.