Keith Couch will make Red Sox nation proud

By Joseph Wolkin
Credit: Team photographer for the Salem Red Sox

Moving up through the baseball rankings within one of the most accomplished organizations in all of pro sports is something to be proud about. The Boston Red Sox have a star in the making by the name of Keith Couch.

Couch was raised in Elmont, NY and went to Adelphi University for three years until 2010 where he entered the MLB Amateur Draft and was picked up by the Red Sox. Couch attended the school for three years and had a backup plan of being a physical education teacher in-case becoming a baseball player didn’t work out too well for him. But, that wasn’t the case.

Now 23-years old, Couch will be on the Red Sox’s Double A team, the Portland Sea Dogs for the organization as he continues to climb the rope, hoping to get his shot at stardom. He has already climbed the ladder to become one of the Red Sox’s top-30 prospects and has been a Starting Pitcher within each of the three Single A team’s which he’s played for over the past three years as he now moves closer to the major league level.

Couch’s path at becoming a baseball player started when he was just a toddler. At the young age of three-years old, Couch began to play the game he now calls his career. His father coached him throughout his career, hoping that someday his son would do what he couldn’t.

“Baseball was my most favorite sport to play, it wasn’t just my best (sport), I just had more fun playing it,” said Couch who  also played football and basketball as a child.

While appearing at the World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY on Nov. 28, Couch stated that the 12-hour bus trips as well as waking up early have definitely been a pain, but in the end, he said the outcome is worth wild.

His jump from College baseball to the Minor League’s hasn’t been as strenuous as one would imagine for such a young man.

“You got a lot of second and third chances and now they can get rid of you right away,” said Couch. “Honestly, it’s long days, long nights, it’s rough.”

Couch’s career with Boston started out slow as he struggled to find his command in 2010 in the New York Penn League, but over the past two years, he has a combined 3.5o ERA with a record of 18-14 in a total of 40 starts. 2012 was a breakthrough year for Couch as his secondary pitches began to develop more over the course of time. He claimed that his slider is his best pitch with his curve ball and change-up needing a little work if he wants to be Major League ready.

While with the Salem Red Sox in 2012, Couch had his first two complete games in his professional career and led the team in Innings Pitched with over 145 innings on the mound. However, if Couch wants to make it to the major’s, he must first prove to Red Sox coaches that he won’t continues to give up over nine hits per nine innings such as he’s done in the past. But overall, Couch seems to be a true candidate to help the Boston Red Sox become contenders again as he should be called up within the next two-three years.

Joseph Wolkin can be followed on Twitter at @JosephNASCAR.


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