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Paul Keck
2004 Alaska Goldpanners
AZL Mariners

PositionCatcher / DH
SchoolLewis-Clark | Lee
H/W ; B/T6-4 / 205 R / R
HometownLivermore, CA

Keck Transfers to Lee from LC: Keck should be able to fill the big shoes worn by catcher Jimmy Stanfield last season. He was drafted in 2002 by the Chicago White Sox and again in 2003 by the Seattle Mariners. Instead of turning professional after being named all-state and player of the year for Granada High School in Peasonton, Calif., Keck decided to play two years of junior college baseball at Chabot Community College and coach Steve Friend.

At Chabot, Keck was a California Junior College All-American. He batted .459 with 17 doubles, four triples, four home runs and 30 runs batted in. He was 16-of-16 in the stolen bases department.

Last season he split time as a catcher for Lewis-Clark State College. The Idaho program has long been known as one of the nation's best on any level. Keck hit .303 with four homers and 19 RBI for the Warriors. He threw out 50 percent of the runners who tried to steal a base.

"Though he only has one year of eligibility remaining, we feel fortunate to land a catcher with Paul's strengths, let alone the fact he caught for the number one ranked team in the NAIA for most of 2005," said head coach David Altopp. "That is the same Lewis-Clark State that beat us in our opening game of the World Series, coming from behind in the bottom of the 9th to beat us, 5-4.

Altopp added, "For personal reasons, he had decided not to return to L-C and that opened the door for us to make an effort to shore up our catching for the coming year by recruiting him.  He should play a prominent role for us."

Keck said Lee seemed like a good fit for him. No doubt he likes the idea of being able to catch two of the nation's top pitchers in Church and Kirby. "My goal is to make All-American and help the Flames win the NAIA College World Series.

Assistant coach Mark Brew called Keck "a tremendous catcher with great accolades. He has played in great programs and is a leader behind the plate," noted Brew. "Paul is an excellent sign for us this late in the summer. He has a great arm, good power and above average speed. We are looking forward to an excellent year from Paul."

The Flames posted a school record 55-16 in 2005. They made their first trip to the NAIA World Series and claimed the Region XIII title.

  • JUNE 27, 2004 vs Glacier Pilots - "The big blast of the day came from DH Paul Keck.  His clout over the left field fence was a missile."
  • JUNE 26, 2004 vs AIA "Keck was hit by pitches twice in each of the first two games of the series- and each time Keck just dropped his bat and ran to first; he didn't yell or gesture at the pitchers- so on Saturday, when the Fire finally pitched him fairly, Keck simply responded with a statement of his own."
  • JUNE 16, 2004 "You've just got to find something to do during the downtime. I'm usually going in there and catching (to warm up the pitcher between innings), picking up a bat and walking back and forth and talking to the other players about the game. Making sure I'm not focused on anything but the game."

6/14 | 6/16 | 6/27 | 7/13

Scrapbook "K"

2004 All-ABL Designated Hitter - ABL honors Goldpanners

High School - Began his high school career at Amador Valley in Pleasanton, where he was the Don's starting catcher his sophomore year. Transferred to Granada High in Livermore, California, where he led the Matadors to the North Coast Championship game.

As a Junior, he was an All East Bay Athletic League 1st Team selection, All East Bay and All ANG (Alameda and Contra Costa counties) first team selection, as well as All CIF. Paul was selected and played in the 2001 Area Code Games, before playing for the Colorado Rockies scout team. Following his senior year, he was selected as MVP of the East Bay Athletic League, First Team All East Bay, and ANG's (Alameda and Contra Costa counties)
Player of the Year. He was also a nominee for CIF's California Player of the Year. Listed by Baseball America as the eleventh ranked catcher in the nation, he was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 2002 First Year Player Draft.

Junior College - Transferred to Chabot College in Hayward, California after starting his collegiate career at Sacramento City College, where he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2003 First Year Player Draft. Playing for Coach Steve Friend, he led the Gladiators into the California State playoffs, after being named Coast Conference Player of the Year. Also named to the California JC All-American 1st Team as a catcher. Finished
seventh in the state overall for batting average. Finished in the Top 10 in numerous other categories, including doubles, slugging, and on base percentage.

Misc - Has signed a Letter of Intent to continue his collegiate career playing for Goldpanner Manager Ed Cheff at Lewis-Clark State.

2004 Player of the Year  / All Star

2003 Player of the Year - Alameda and Contra Costa Counties


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