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Dodgers close Day 2 with Keener, fifth pitcher

Dodgers close Day 2 with Keener, fifth pitcher

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Dodgers close Day 2 with Keener, fifth pitcher

The Dodgers wrapped up Day 2 of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Friday by selecting their fifth pitcher, right-hander Nick Keener from Mansfield University.

Keener, 22, made 10 appearances this season as the closer for the Mountaineers. He struck out four in 13 1/3 innings.

"He's got really good fastball sink, good command and a good slider," said Dodgers vice president of scouting Logan White. "He competes his tail off and has a bulldog mentality. If he keeps battling, he may end up at the big league level out of the bullpen someday."

White compares Keener to former Dodgers farmhand Jason Frasor, who has made 547 relief appearances in the Major Leagues since 2004.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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