Became a Cardinal
Selected in the 36th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. Signing announced June 15, 2010.
Ended with a 4-1 record with eight saves for Quad Cities. He pitched 57.0 innings and appeared in 34 games with an ERA of 1.26.
Was promoted to Quad Cities after just one appearance with Johnson City. In mid-August, his first professional season ended after he was placed on the disabled list. Kiekhefer pitched in 14 Midwest League games, registering a 5.14 ERA. He fanned 29 in 28 innings and walked nine.
For Louisville in 2010, Kiekhefer made 19 appearances including 10 starts and posted a 4.31 ERA. He struck out only 39 while allowing 19 walks in 62.2 innings. Dean uses polish and savvy to make up for his lackluster stuff.
After his sophomore season, he received the Francis Tripp Award while playing in the Cape Cod League in 2009. The award is given annually to the player who makes the most positive impact to the organization and the community on and off the field.
With a side arm motion and a full effort delivery, he looks destined for the bullpen. Since Kiekhefer hides the ball very well which seems to give his average fastball more life, he could find success as a lefty specialist.
Previously selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 37th round of the 2007 draft.
Last name pronounced "key-KEF-er".
The Cardinal Nation/Scout.com Quad Cities Relief Pitcher of the Year: 2011